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Learn from the experts at The Sunday Times Parents Forum

Singapore, 2 November 2011 – With new buzzwords such as "values education" and "whole school approach to English" recently in the spotlight, students need help more than ever to make sense of school. The Sunday Times Parents Forum, to be held again on Nov 7, Monday, can help parents do just that for their children.
 
The forum, at the Singapore Press Holdings' News Centre Auditorium, will feature editors, educators and experts who will explain and show how newspapers can be used to pick up better vocabulary and English skills. For instance, a teacher from St Gabriel's Primary School will share how she turned the Japan disaster earlier this year into a learning opportunity for her students to pick up values such as empathy. 
 
Language experts will also discuss how parents can be role models in speaking good English and helping their children pick up good pronunciation, to help them in oral presentations and assessments in school.
 
Participants will also get an inside look into how the news is produced in The Straits Times newsroom. 
 
This is the third time the forum is being held since it began in 2010. Previous speakers include a psychiatrist from the Institute of Mental Health and representatives from the Speak Good English Movement. 
 
The Straits Times is behind award-winning publications for students, including the Straits Times Education Programme (STep). STep, which comes in Basic and Advanced versions, is a digital download worksheet for direct subscribers of the broadsheet to give students a broad range of skills, including comprehension, composition, grammar and vocabulary. Both Basic and Advanced versions are pegged to the Ministry of Education's learning outcomes set out in its national curriculum. 
 
In August, STep won the 2011 Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers' Association Newspaper Marketing Award for its Young Readers Category.
 
Interested parents should register now for $30. STep subscribers enjoy a special fee of $15. Contact Carmen Choy on 6319-8533 or ccarmen@sph.com.sg or Theresa Ling on 6319-2166 or linglm@sph.com.sg. All participants will receive a goodie bag. 
 
 
The Sunday Time's Parents Forum
Date: 7 November, Monday
Time: 10am - 3.30pm
Venue: SPH News Centre Auditorium 
 
 
Media invitation:
 
We are inviting you and your photographer / videographer to be part of this very informative forum. 
 
Kindly RSVP by 4 November, Friday, 5pm to Gary Yeo at garyyeo@sph.com.sg or 6319 1225.
 
 
 
Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Co. Regn. No. 198402868E
For more information, please contact:
 
Leong Lin Choo (Ms)
Manager
Editorial Projects Unit
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 5068
 
Gary Yeo (Mr)
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 1225
 
 
About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
 
Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.
 
Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing 
In Singapore, SPH publishes 18 newspaper titles in four languages. Every day, 3 million individuals or 77 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. SPH's subsidiaries, Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing, produce quality books and periodicals in English and Chinese.
 
Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 265 million page views with 18 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH's online and new media initiatives include an online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; Stomp, omy.sg, and The Straits Times RazorTV. SPH also launched The Straits Times’ iPad and enhanced iPhone applications, and The Business Times Weekend's iPad application. 
 
Broadcasting
SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has an 80 per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations Radio 100.3 in Chinese and 91.3FM in English.
 
Events and Out-of-Home Advertising
SPH’s events subsidiary Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore’s leading Digital Out-of-Home advertising company.
 
Properties
SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. Its latest retail development, The Clementi Mall, started business operations in 2011. SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, has also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.