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Read me a story: Crafting reading aloud skills

Academy of Literary Arts & Publishing Singapore

Saturday, 19 August 2017 from 09:30 to 17:30 (Singapore Standard Time Singapore Time)

Read me a story: Crafting reading aloud skills

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Read me a story 19 Aug 2017 $70.00 $3.00

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Pull the words off the page and bring them to life! Learn the elements that make up great reading aloud sessions. Using audio recordings and marked texts, readers will brush up their vocal skills and prepare a performance of their own by the end of the course.

The course starts with work on the vocal quality itself, using breathing and movement techniques employed by actors, professional readers, broadcasters and public figures to increase the strength and reach of their voice.

Participants then go on to work intensively on their readings in skills such as vocal tone, clarity, pausing and emphasis. They also tidy up errors made in pronunciation, cadence and rhythm.

For the final performance, participants prepare a more visual experience which includes using body posture and position, eye contact, gestures and movement to enliven their stories. Carry away a memory of this event with a video recording on your phone.

Feedback from the trainer and the other attendees throughout the training will ensure that you will be ready to perform!

This course is suitable for ‘storytellers, pre-school and primary school teachers, librarians, parents, performers and presenters’

Course Outline

  • Benefits of reading aloud well to young listeners
  • What listeners need in order to hear: bringing out meaning
  • Marking up a text for appropriate pausing and breathing
  • Working with pitch, variety and clarity
  • Tricky points for pronunciation and typical errors in Singapore
  • Developing emphasis, suspense and emotion
  • Practical reading aloud sessions and individual coaching

Participants can bring their own books along to read. Material will also be provided by the trainer for practice.


Susan Amy, a native of England, has spent the past 17 years designing and running many tailored courses in areas such as business presentation skills, business communication, interpersonal skills, public relations, telephone techniques and business and technical writing for multinational corporations in banking, petroleum, telecommunication and various manufacturing industries. 

Susan has a particular interest in teaching pronunciation, spoken English and oral presentation skills and is an enthusiastic proponent of active learning. In 2011, she managed and prepared materials for a language laboratory-based pronunciation programme for Vietnam and running a 3-month, whole-school, integrated partnership with Singapore schools.

Cancellation of Workshop, Withdrawals & Substitution

The workshop can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the workshop date if the minimum number of participants is not met. Participants will be fully refunded for workshops cancelled by us.Participants who are unable to attend a workshop they have registered for are to inform us of the reason two weeks before the workshop date. They will be fully refunded in the event of extenuating and mitigating circumstances (E.g. illness, bereavement, accidents). Those who inform us later than two weeks before the workshop date will receive a 50 % refund. Participants can also opt to attend another course at the same value within the same year.
Upon registration, you are deemed to have read and understood the cancellation, withdrawal and substitution policy and accept the terms contained therein.


- Kinokuniya Privilege card members can enjoy a 10% discount on all our courses.
- ALAP’S BRING A FRIEND DISCOUNT: Enjoy a 10% discount on each ticket when you sign-up for two tickets in one purchase
- ALAP’s THREE N MORE DISCOUNT: Form a group of three and more and enjoy a 15% discount on each ticket in one purchase
Please request ALAP staff for the discount code, before registering and paying for the workshops via Eventbrite.

For enquiries, please contact ALAP staff:

Prema: 6848 8297
Judi: 6848 8295

Do you have questions about Read me a story: Crafting reading aloud skills? Contact Academy of Literary Arts & Publishing Singapore

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Room 207, YMCA Education Centre
One Orchard Road

Saturday, 19 August 2017 from 09:30 to 17:30 (Singapore Standard Time Singapore Time)

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