- Rolling Dialogue – Cloud Storytelling
School have been closed for a long period to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Ethnic minorities (EM) students have found it harder to learn and practice Chinese at home. When they encounter difficulties in completing their Chinese homework, their parents might not be able to teach them. Their learning progress in Chinese may be affected.
Riding on the success of the “Rolling Books” which was funded by the SIE Fund in 2018, the team proposes to launch a new programme which uses picture book storytelling and online communications to support EM students to learn Chinese. A group of trained storytelling volunteers will tell picture book stories in Cantonese, and teach EM children how to write Chinese characters. The team will produce online videos and exercise worksheets to assist the EM children to practice Chinese at home. The videos will include Urdu or Nepalese voice clips to facilitate EM children to understand and learn better.
The venture targets to offer one-to-one weekly session to 30 EM students, preferably from K3 to P4, living at Hoi Lai Estate in Cheung Sha Wan. Each EM child will be paired up with a volunteer so that they could communicate through WhatsApp video call for at least 30 minutes each week. The volunteers will follow up with the children on the video learning, give feedback on the worksheets, and provide support if they have difficulties in doing their Chinese homework. The family members of the EM children are also encouraged to join the programme so that they could learn Chinese together.
Another 70 EM children from other districts will be recruited to join the one-to-many storytelling sessions delivered through Facebook live video or YouTube. The programme will help the EM children to improve Chinese as well as build their confidence in speaking Cantonese with others.
Rolling Books has begun our project “Rolling Dialogue: Cloud Storytelling” in which we have cooperated with storytellers from all walks of life in filming a series of Cantonese story videos for ethnic minorities children. We hope that our story videos can demonstrate the magical potential of stories, allowing more ethnic minorities children to listen to interesting stories and learn Chinese without the limitation of time and space.
In these videos, we have also added an Urdu voiceover for the introduction of the story and the Chinese Words Learning part at the end of the video. We hope these endeavour can truly help ethnic minorities children in learning and finding fun in Chinese, while some of their Urdu speaking parents can accompany them in their learning journey.
第一條故事影片，我們邀請了冰冰姐姐（藝術本子 Paint in Sense Art Studio）來講述《完美的聲音》這本繪本。在《完美的聲音》中，一群動物受大自然動聽的聲音啟發，決定自己也要發出完美的聲音。在過程當中，動物們因著生理的差異，無論在唱歌或演奏樂器，都遇上不同難關。到底牠們能奏出完美的聲音嗎？讓我們一起聽故事！
For our first story video, we have invited Bing Bing (from Paint in Sense Art Studio) to tell the story “Perfect Harmony”. In “Perfect Harmony”, animals from the forest are inspired by the beautiful sounds from the nature and decide to create their own perfect harmony. However, due to the physical difference, each animal face various difficulties in producing the perfect melody. Can they come up with their own perfect harmony? Let’s listen to the story!
For our second story video, we have invited CanCanMa (from Ungoogoo Story House) to tell the story “Lion is not the Star”. Why isn’t lion the star when it is the strongest animal? Let’s listen to this story and find out!
For our third video, we have invited Christy to tell the story “I Really Want to Eat Durian”. Little Mouse has never tried durian before, nor all other animals from the forest. Let’s find out the taste of durian with the animals through this story!
第四條影片，我們邀請Step小步（Step to Wellness）來說《車票去哪裡了？》這個故事。旅遊巴要開車了，乘客們把車票拿出來，一陣風卻吹來，把大家的車票吹走，於是司機決定：一定要把車票追回來！乘客跟著司機先生一起踏上旅程，從城市開往不可思議的地方，越過高山、懸崖、海邊、雪地⋯⋯讓我們看看他們能否順利追回車票吧！
For our fourth video, we have invited Step (from Step to Wellness) to share the story “Where are the Tickets?”. In this story, the driver is determined to chase the tickets that have been blown away by the wind. Through the journey of chasing the ticket, they passed through mountains, seaside, snowy mountains, and even the race course. Let’s see where the tickets have landed and if the driver can get back all the tickets!
For our fifth video, we have invited Miss Sheeep to tell the story “A Chair for My Mother”. In this story, the main character, a little girl, is saving money with her family in order to buy a new, red sofa. The reason behind it is that their previous home, along with their beloved sofa, was burnt in a fire… Let’s watch till the end to see how the little girl and her family rebuilt their home!
第六條影片，我們請來了冰冰姐姐（藝術本子 Paint in Sense Art Studio）來講述《電車小叮在那裡？》這本繪本。看到其他交通工具走得比他快比他遠，電車小叮覺得自己不夠好，傷心得病倒了，沒有上班⋯⋯大家四處找他，努力地鼓勵他，終於小叮重新振作、再次出發。齊來看看這個溫暖的故事吧！
For our sixth video, we invited Bing Bing (Paint in Sense Studio) to tell the story of “The Little Big Tram”. In this story, little Tram Siu Ding becomes depressed and sick because he feels inferior to other transportations. As he hasn’t work for several days, people look for him everywhere and encourage him. At the end, Siu Ding finds courage and starts running again. Let’s read this heart-warming story together!
For the seventh video, we have invited Kiki to share the story “This is Not Your Fault”. In this story, Luke’s dad gets angry easily and would hit and shout at Luke, making Luke sad and frightened. Under the help of Grandma, Luke learns to speak up and express his feelings, understanding that what his dad does is not his fault.