The Speak Good English Movement 2010 was officially launched on 7th September at Xin Food Court. The event was officiated by a speech by Mr. Goh Eck Kheng, the Chairman of the Speak Good English Movement and also graced by Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, the Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports.
This year’s Speak Good English Movement focuses on creating an environment of good English, with the tagline “Get It Right”
“Right now, Speak Good English activists are putting up Get It Right sticky notes at strategic places around Singapore. Over the next few days, we will be giving out notebooks and stickers too. We aim to literally create a good English environment,” Said Mr Goh Eck Kheng.
The Speak Good English Movement for 2010 also marked the highest number of partners since the inception of the Speak Good English Movement in 2003. Some notable highlights for this year’s movement are as follows
- STOMP – launching an Everyday English Worksheet for members of the public to find out their level of English proficiency and help improve their English.
- RazorTV – producing Street Speak, a video series that highlights common problems Singaporeans face when using English
- mypaper - staring a series to profile young executives whose good command of English has helped them excel in their careers and personal lives.
- The School Invasion Tour – kicks off in January 2011; Home grown bands will share how good English has helped them bring their songs to a wider audience.
- The Institute of Technical Education - An English phrase-book will be compiled for preschool teachers.
- Banquet, Kopitiam and Ya Kun - to put up Speak Good English stickers, posters and banners in their premises.
On an ending note, Mr Goh Eck Kheng concluded “The Speak Good English Movement cannot improve the standard of English on our own. We need the support of everyone who speaks English well to be role models. We need you to broaden the environment where Standard English is used in our daily lives. With your support, we can make headway in getting more Singaporeans to express themselves in Standard English.”
[Source: Speak Good English Movement 2010/11]