04 Sep '11, 9pm

From accent to pronunciation and grammar to vocabulary, the basics of English seem to have eluded many S'poreans: Voices

SOON, the Speak Good English campaign will be upon us. The fact that we have this campaign yearly speaks volumes for the determination, vision and hope that its organisers hold for future generations. It is astounding that in Singapore, where we are surrounded with materials in English, many are still struggling with the language. From accent to pronunciation and grammar to vocabulary, the basics seem to have eluded a large number. In a country where the English language envelopes our very existence in administration, street signs, television, radio, magazines, newspapers, etc, it is amazing how many have fallen by the wayside. So how can we improve? Like all good things, good English should start at a young age, in the home. However, we are a polyglot society, with each race having its own ancestral language constructions. All these influences shape the English that we sp...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Voices/EDC110905-0000199/Good-...

Tweets

"There is nothing inferior with having a Singap...

todayonline.com 07 Sep '11, 12am

I REFER to Mr Murali Sharma's letter "Good English starts at home" (Sept 5). I am an advocate of speaking Standard English...

Should Singapore schools adopt American English?

Should Singapore schools adopt American English?

mrlim.com 07 Sep '11, 11pm

Should Singapore schools adopt American English? Posted By mr lim on September 8, 2011 Tuesday afternoon at the launch of ...

"I believe few local teachers and parents know ...

todayonline.com 13 Sep '11, 2am

I AGREE with Mr Lee Kuan Yew's call to distinguish between British and American English in our schools. I believe few loca...

A 13-year-old student asks: "Why do we need to ...

todayonline.com 16 Sep '11, 3am

My daughter, who is 13 years old, turned away from her laptop and looked at me with an expression at once puzzled, enquiri...

Speak Good English Movement urges S'poreans to be good role models

Speak Good English Movement urges S'poreans to ...

channelnewsasia.com 10 Sep '11, 3am

SINGAPORE: The Speak Good English Movement is calling for all Singaporeans to be good role models of English, especially t...

Wow — just wow. "Writers write. Teachers teach....

todayonline.com 05 Sep '11, 12am

I response to the Grassroot Advisors debate heating up in forums recently, I wish to urge Mr Yee and fellow netizens to re...

It's about time all ATMs could be used by custo...

todayonline.com 06 Sep '11, 3am

There was a time when we did not have Automated Teller Machines (ATMs). When they came along, everyone was happy: Banks ne...

English language standards here must be raised ...

straitstimes.com 06 Sep '11, 9am

But former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew (above), who was speaking to some 1,200 educators and English Language experts gath...

Speak Good English campaign to focus on children this year

Speak Good English campaign to focus on childre...

straitstimes.com 31 Aug '11, 3am

Speaking poor English or Singlish to a young children will not help them learn proper English. -- ST PHOTO: SAMUEL HE By S...