PECERA (HK) Annual Meeting 2012 was successfully held on Nov 19, 2012. Dr Betty Chan, President of PECERA (International) and PECERA (HK) shared with us the works and activities of the Association in 2012. After that, Professor Linda Siegel from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver gave a keynote address on “Early Identification and Intervention to Prevent Reading Problems in Children Learning English as a Second Language”. She shared with us a study designed to develop and test a simple system for identifying children at risk for reading difficulties and to test a classroom based intervention program. It is possible to identify children at risk for reading difficulties at their early age. And it is also possible to use classroom based instruction techniques to develop reading skills, at both the decoding and comprehension level. Early intervention and identification for potential reading difficulties and can be successful, efficient and cost-effective. In addition, bilingualism is not an impediment to the development of literacy skills, and in some cases may be an advantage. Prof Linda Siegel’s presentation was thought provoking, and audience actively participated and asked questions after her sharing.
於10至11月期間，我們為北京師範大學和楚珩教育研究所團隊提供幼兒學習環境評量表應用工作坊及實地研習已圓滿結束。這次工作坊的成功有賴新界婦孺福利會博康幼兒學校及基督教香港崇真會恩樂園Joyful Place的慷慨支持，為參與者提供一個親身到港，應用評量表觀察和評估實際的幼兒學習環境機會，讓他們能夠獲得寶貴經驗，帶回中國應用於幼兒教育研究。期待未來在幼兒教育領域上，有更多跨地區的專業合作與交流。 (Chinese version only)