Literally Speaking: How Did We Teach?
Featuring: Lin Gao, Suraidi Sipan
Moderator: Azhar Ibrahim
Our popular Literally Speaking series is back this September! Our Season 2 will pick up where we left off in May, when we tackled questions like "Why Study Literature?", and "What Should We Teach?". We will present a series of three monthly talks from Sep to Nov, featuring an exciting line-up of speakers that include Noor Hasnah Adam, Matilda Gabrielpillai, Seetha Lakshmi, Laremy Lee, Lin Gao, Suraidi Sipan, Erin Woodford and Robert Yeo.
How was literature in the different languages taught in schools previously? What were some of the challenges and joys that the teachers experienced back then? Don’t miss this rare talk, as our pioneer writers Lin Gao and Suraidi Sipan shared about their past journeys as literature teachers in schools here. In Mandarin and Malay with translation.
Literally Speaking is a series of discussions that brings together educators who work in different settings and in different languages to explore aspects of literature they have found central to teaching and learning. In doing so, we debate the ongoing importance of literature and the literary in Singapore’s changing society.
Literally Speaking is organised by The Select Centre, in collaboration with Philip Holden.
About Lin Gao
Lim Hung Chang (Lin Gao), obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from National Taiwan University and his Master’s from Huazhong Normal University. From 1992 to 1998, he served on the Executive committee of the Singapore Association of Writers; and from 1998 to 2000, he was its vice-president. Currently, Lim has a total of 17 publications and some of the works are Journeying into the Mountains, The Caged Heart, Lin Gao: A Selection of Works, Micro-fiction and Poetic Encounters. Lim won the Singapore Literature Prize (Chinese Fiction) in 2014 and was awarded the Cultural Medallion in 2015. Find our more about Lin Gao here: lingaounveiled.wordpress.com
About Suraidi Sipan
Suraidi Sipan is a writer, artist and former teacher with a career that spans over 40 years. He has eight years of experience working in CDIS (MOE) as a Specialist Writer for Malay Language Textbooks and was a contributing editor for the Singa journal from 1982 to 1986. He was also the main editor for the Malay literature anthology TEKAD (2012), and edited the teacher’s companion guide to TEKAD as well.
In both 1978 and 1983, he received the Anugerah Persuratan (Malay Literary Award) for his poems ‘Nyanyi Puisi’ and ‘Kejujuran Adalah Daun-Daun Kering’. He has an extensive amount of experience in poetry recitations and was invited on several occasions for such recitations, in events such as the Malaysian National Day (1988) and the International Arts Festival (2015). He wrote a couple of novelettes in 1977, titled ‘Cinta’ and ‘Mariam’. In 1979, he participated and contributed to the Fourth World Congress of Poets held in Seoul, Korea. He released a poetry anthology later in 1984 called ‘Debu-Debu Jalanan’. That same year, he participated in the International Writing Programme in Iowa, USA. Given his experience, he also gave talks on literature and the Malay Language and was also a Visiting Fellow at the Malay Department in the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2016. A retiree now, he continues to writes and paints and on occasion would give talks and seminars on the subject matter.
About Azhar Ibrahim
Azhar Ibrahim, PhD is a Lecturer at the Department of Malay Studies, National University of Singapore (NUS). He teaches classical and modern Malay-Indonesian literature. His research interest includes sociology of religion, sociology of literature and critical literacy, and the Malay-Indonesia intellectual development. He published widely amongst others Contemporary Islamic Discourse in the Malay-Indonesia World: Critical Perspectives (2014); Narrating Presence: Awakening from Cultural Amnesia (2014) and Menyanggah Belenggu (2016).