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48 Values From The News: The Straits Times Guide To Building Character
Study the highs and lows of the human condition using stories which make the headlines. This book highlights how the newspaper can be used in the classroom to teach values such as acceptance, compassion, loyalty, integrity, resilience and sportsmanship, among others. Its creative ideas, based on news articles, infographics, photos and comics, will prompt students to reflect on their relationships and choices, and help them gain a better understanding of their emotions, as well as who they are in relation to their schools, families and communities.

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No Sweat : keep up with the news, get ahead in your exams.
No Sweat combines articles from The Straits Times with language exercises that boost users's reading, writing, comprehension and speaking skills. Its activities are the original work of English language expert Sonia Sng, who has current events to teach lower secondary students for more than a decade.
Sonia's work is featured in the multi-award winning Straits Times weekly magazine, IN, for secondary school students. The publication's teaching innovations earned it the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers' (WAN-Ifra) World Young Reader Prize for Newspapers in Education (2010), which recognises the best international young reader programme.

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Page 2 Primer - Straits Times English Language Guide

Page 2 Primer has some of the best commentaries in The Straits Times covering a wide range of issues on politics, religion, the economic crisis, health and sports.

They are penned by a stellar international cast of writers including Nirmal Ghosh, Chua Mui Hoong, Jonathan Eyal, Lynn Lee, William Choong, Carolyn Hong, Ong Sor Fern, Hong Xinyi, Clarissa Oon, Lydia Lim, Carl Skadian, Ravi Vellor, Bertha Henson, Salma Khalik, Chua Chin Hon, Ching Cheong, Jessica Cheam, Ignatius Low, Rohit Brijnath and Rob Hughes.

The commentaries are carefully selected for topics essential for 'O' and 'A' level students.

Each commentary is followed by an important workplan that summarises the background to the issue, tests comprehension and vocabulary; builds knowledge of concepts and general knowledge; gives insider tips on solid writing skills, and hones the thinking capacity of students.


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Straight Talk- Reflections on Spore politics, economy & society

This is a collection of speeches and essays spanning Former Minister Raymond Lim’s 20 years in journalism, finance and politics. The issues he addressed then are still very much alive today. He lays out his views on Singapore society, politics, the economy, entrepreneurship, foreign affairs and the Asian financial crisis. Now, when the appetite for political debate has grown exponentially alongside social media, here is Straight Talk on:

  • Society - Our economy is up. No mean feat in a crisis-strewn decade. But the “feel good” factor seems missing. Why?
  • Politics - It used to be said that there is a climate of fear which deters people from speaking up against government policies. Today, the pendulum has swung the other way.
  • Economy - Many Singaporeans who visit and work in China come back shell-shocked. Will they sweep us and other small economies out of the economic landscape?
  • Entrepreneurship - We need to imbue in our young a different worldview. It is not a world where everything must have its place and nothing is left to chance. Nor is it a world where we wipe off every speck of dust and in the process lose the stardust.
  • Foreign Affairs - Because our immediate environment is fraught with many uncertainties, we must create space for ourselves to grow and prosper. The creation of space must be the single most important strategic concept of our foreign policy.
  • Financial crisis - Blaming others for the problems – the Chinese over-saving rather than American over-consuming – is not helpful in managing the crisis and minimising its recurrence. Pogo was right: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

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When the Party Ends - China's leaps and stumbles after the Beijing Olympics
Peh Shing Huei’s provocative book captures his harrowing, humbling and sometimes hilarious experiences in China when he was China bureau chief from The Straits Times. As he documents the rise of China, he also uncovers the problems beneath its sinews. Peh visits the bustling factories of Guangdong wrestling labour woes; strays into the line of fire during the bloody ethnic riots in Urumqi; journeys to the forgotten museum of the Cultural Revolution on a remote mountain top. When the Party Ends chronicles vivid accounts of questionable processes against the voiceless and the powerless. Peh gives voice to their battles with the Chinese Communist Party and errant companies over rights and resources. He shakes off officials so as to meet an environmentalist who was tortured for wanting to save a river from pollution. He speaks to a man who was jailed simply for posting an intemperate tweet. He interviews an ageing former Red Guard undertaker who still cries when he recalls the atrocities of the Cultural Revolution.

These and other vignettes are counterposed against Peh’s riveting narrative of the“palace intrigues” of the powerful communist leaders in the lead-up to the epochal leadership change in late 2012. It culminates in the dramatic downfall of princeling Bo Xilai – the latest in China’s complex political machinations. When the Party Ends is an absorbing and remarkable work of journalism, offering a fascinating insight into a changing China, one where the status quo is being reinvented with each passing day.

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Founding Fathers (GREAT SINGAPORE STORIES series)

The first in the Great Singapore Stories series comprises 10 books in an attractive collection on the “FOUNDING FATHERS” who were at the start of the Great Adventure of Independent Singapore. What do we know of the Singapore story today?

We dismiss the past as dry history, a list of dates or milestones of events. How many people know:

  • the huge effort to relocate our people from farms to flats?
  • the secretive efforts to build Singapore’s defence force?
  • Singapore’s industrialisation drive – once called “Goh’s folly”?

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My Lifelong Challenge:Singapore's Bilingual Journey (Eng)

This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to formulate language policies. In telling Singapore’s bilingualism story, it breaks new ground with never before published revelations about education matters in Singapore. It is also a comprehensive resource for all who are interested in the primeval interplay between language and politics in Singapore. In My Lifelong Challenge, we learn of the many policy adjustments and the challenges Lee Kuan Yew encountered – from Chinese language chauvinists who wanted Chinese to be the preeminent language in Singapore, from Malay and Tamil community groups fearing that Chinese was being given too much emphasis, from parents of all races wanting an easier time for their school-going children, from his own Cabinet colleagues questioning his assumptions about language. We learn of the pain of teachers forced to switch from teaching in Chinese to teaching in English almost overnight, and of students who were caught in the transition from a Chinese medium of instruction to an English one. My Lifelong Challenge is also the story of Lee’s own struggle to learn the Chinese language. This book describes vividly his steely determination to improve his Chinese and reclaim his Chinese heritage, right up to the present when he is well into his 80s. Lee distils his experiences of 50 years into eight precepts that he spells out at the end of his narrative.


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My Lifelong Challenge:Singapore's Bilingual Journey (Chinese)

This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to formulate language policies. In telling Singapore’s bilingualism story, it breaks new ground with never before published revelations about education matters in Singapore. It is also a comprehensive resource for all who are interested in the primeval interplay between language and politics in Singapore. In My Lifelong Challenge, we learn of the many policy adjustments and the challenges Lee Kuan Yew encountered – from Chinese language chauvinists who wanted Chinese to be the preeminent language in Singapore, from Malay and Tamil community groups fearing that Chinese was being given too much emphasis, from parents of all races wanting an easier time for their school-going children, from his own Cabinet colleagues questioning his assumptions about language. We learn of the pain of teachers forced to switch from teaching in Chinese to teaching in English almost overnight, and of students who were caught in the transition from a Chinese medium of instruction to an English one.


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Eureka! Lessons From The News - Great Innovators

This book is uniquely positioned to provide lesson material in line with the 5 Core Competencies of the Ministry of Education's Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) programme - Self Awareness, Self Management, Relationship Management Skills and Responsible Decision Making.

Eureka! contains eight inspirational stories on famous innovators from various social and cultural backgrounds, supplement with activities formulated to give children a deeper understanding of moral values.

Eureka! is fully coloured and beautifully illustrated, and is written by LRD's resident teacher-journalist to suit children aged 7 and above. To help young leaders through the the character-building lessons in the book, Dot characters highlight key points in the story and guide them through the activities in each chapter. The eight dots are:

  • Persevering Dot - The Wright Brothers, who invented the first plane after many trials and errors. 
  • Determined Dot - Alexander Graham Bell, who invented the telephone after decades of experiments and research. 
  • Purposeful Dot - Samuel Morse, who developed an efficient code of communication for the telegraph.
  • Adventurous Dot - Ferdinand Magellan, who led an expedition to the Spice Islands.
  • Creative Dot - Michelangelo, the renowned Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, poet and engineer.
  • Resilient Dot - Marie Curie, who overcame poverty and social prejudice to become a two-time Novel laureate.
  • Motivated Dot - Louis Braille, who devised a system of writing for the blind.
  • Innovative Dot - Dr Yoshiro Nakamatsu, who has over 3,200 inventions to his name.

Each story helps explain abstract moral values to children by showing them how these values were put into action, and lets them discover how displaying these virtues can benefit themselves and others.


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Talk Money

Talk Money is a compilation of Lorna Tan's articles on personal finance which were published in the Invest section of The Sunday Times in 2007 and 2008.

It covers a wide range of personal finance topics from savings and insurance planning to stock investing and retirement. Written in an easy to understand manner, the book will appeal to anyone at any stage of his life cycle. The articles provide information on many finance-related issues and highlight the potential pitfalls of investing, as well as give tips on how we can stretch our dollars and invest to grow our nest eggs. The chapters are arranged to begin with financial topics that one is concerned when starting to earn a livelihood, then address those issues when starting a family, before ending with retirement.

Those who have enjoyed Lorna's articles every Sunday and those who have missed them would find this book a must-have.


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