CL10 Give Picture Books a Like!: On the Teaching and Parent-Child Reading of Picture Books


Dr Tan Chee Lay

Dr Tan Chee Lay 陈志锐博士

School / Organisation
National Institute of Education;
Singapore Centre for Chinese Language

1.00 p.m. – 2.00 p.m.

Room 310

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Dr Tan Chee Lay is currently the Executive Director (Research & Development) of the Singapore Centre for Chinese Language and the Deputy Head of the Asian Languages and Cultures Academic Group at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technology University, Singapore. He completed his doctorate in oriental studies (Chinese literature) at St John’s College, Cambridge University. Dr Tan was awarded the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council in 2004 and the Singapore Youth Award (Culture and the Arts) in 2006. He has authored and edited over 20 creative writing and academic books in both Chinese and English.




Picture books are much more than the mere combination of pictures and books. In fact, it is an amalgamation of rich visual stimulus, unlimited imaginative space and deep textual significance. This talk will attempt to stretch our understanding of using picture books to learn reading and even to unlearn reading, both in the classroom and home contexts. Whether you are an an educator or a parent, come and join us to “give picture books a Like”, and learn about the different pedagogies when utilising ordinary picture books or graded picture readers. Dr Tan will also share his insights on how to engage the young reader in the family.

This talk will be bilingual – mainly in Chinese but with English explanations.




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Malay Language Learning and Promotion Committee
Tamil Language Learning & Promotion Committee

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Early Childhood Development Agency
Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism
National Library Board, Singapore
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