- 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.
此外，項目會招募70名來自其他地區的少數族裔兒童，收看義工於Facebook直播或YouTube的講故事短片。項目會幫助少數族裔兒童提高中文水平及增強他們向其他人說廣東話的信心。 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.