Read me a story

By Susan Amy

19 August 2017 (Sat)
9:30am – 5:30pm

To be confirmed

Course Fee: $70.00
Eventbrite Registration Fee: $3.00



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!


  • 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.

About the trainer: Susan Amy

Susan Amy

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 worked with the Singapore National Institute of Education (NIEI – international branch), RELC (SEAMEO) Language Teaching Institute, the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM), the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the Singapore Productivity and Standards Board (PSB), Temasek Polytechnic and the Singapore Teachers’ Union (STU).

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.

Registration Details


ALAP’S BRING A FRIEND DISCOUNT: Enjoy a 10% discount on each ticket when you sign-up for two tickets in one purchase
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ALAP’s THREE N MORE DISCOUNT:  Form a group of three and more and enjoy a 15% discount on each ticket in one purchase
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Capability Development Grant

The Capability Development Grant is open to individuals and organisations who have a strong track record of involvement in the arts at a professional level, and is able to demonstrate commitment to the long-term development of the arts in Singapore.

Kinokuniya Privilege Card Members

Kinokuniya Privilege card members can also enjoy a 10% discount on all our courses. Please share with us your membership card number by emailing  along with the workshop title.

Productivity and Innovation Credit Scheme (PIC)

Eligible businesess can enjoy tax savings in the form of cash payouts and/or tax deductions when they invest in training of employees. Attend our workshops and enjoy PIC credits, either as a 40% cash conversion payour rate or 400% tax deduction/allowances. For more information, visit IRAS’ Productivity and Innovation Credit Scheme.

UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme)

Self-sponsored applicants who are NTUC members enjoy UTAP funding of up to 50% claim on unfunded programme fee capped at $250 per year. Prevailing terms & conditions apply, see UTAP webpage for details.

Minimum – Maximum Number of Participants: 15 – 25 pax

Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and workshop fees must be paid before the workshop. If the minimum number of participants is not met for the class, the organisers will inform all participants about possible postponement and cancellation of workshop, two weeks before the workshop date.

All ALAP workshops serve tea-breaks and provide course handouts.

Cancellation & 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.

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