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Saravanan, V. (1995, June). The role of community language organizations in promoting literacy in Singapore. Paper presented at the Asian Reading Congress, Singapore.
While a great deal of research has been reported on the role, status and functions of the English Language in Singapore, the work on reporting the role of community languages, as well as second languages has just begun. This paper will report on a brief survey undertaken on the role of community languages, ethnic languages and second languages in promoting reading and literacy in Singapore.
The paper will examine the objectives, the organization of the teaching of these languages, the role of social and cultural organizations in promoting the link between literacy and culture, the nature of the community support for these languages, the success and problems related to achieving some of their goals in literacy, educational achievement, mother tongue language maintenance and ethnic cultures.
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