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COURSES & workshops

LISANG PRA GRUPU

EXECUTIVE & PROFESSIONAL COURSES

LISANG PRA ADULTU KUNG MERKANSIA

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Immerse your team, agency, institution or organisation in uncharted waters and exciting new frontiers with one of the most colorful offerings of courses, workshops and seminars this side of the South China Sea has ever seen.

nasang-nasang /
DIVERSITY,
EQUALITY & INCLUSION

MER-NN101: Diversity, Equality & Inclusion in the General Singaporean Context

With Singapore's historic repeal of Section 377A in August 2022 and more interest in identity, culture and inclusivity than ever before, especially among younger Singaporeans, how can your team, agency, institution or organisation better cater to the affective needs, identities and desires of a rapidly changing populace and workforce in the Lion City? Learn practical, actionable and equitable strategies, skills and language for developing a winning team that goes beyond simple tolerance for each other's differences and leverages on them for synergistic, collaborative and solutions-oriented outcomes that celebrate each team member's unique contributions and perspectives through an empathetic and EQ and CQ-raising examination of the axes of race, religion, class, gender and sexuality and ability in the current context of Singapore.

Target Audience: General adult

Available formats: Short seminar-style professional development workshop (2 or 3 hours; one-off or series), short seminar-style course (1 to 3 days)

MER-NN102: Diversity, Equality & Inclusion in the Singaporean Classroom

Teaching the most diverse and identity-conscious generation ever to be born on the planet in the 21st-century classroom can be nothing short of a minefield, to say the very least, and with the instantaneousness of social media, one perceived microaggression can be all it takes to completely upend one's professional image and even jeopardise one's career. This course will not only introduce you to a vital and nuanced toolkit of skills and strategies to manage it all, but allow you to get up close and personal with the first-ever Singaporean educator to come out as gay and non-binary while teaching in a government school and also simultaneously being of a little-known minority ethnic background and religious inclination. Where else will you have the immensely rare opportunity to ask the challenging, inconvenient and politically incorrect questions about race, religion, sexuality and more? Go where few educators have been willing to tread, and supercharge your teaching with the empathy, sensitivity and courage needed to take your students and teaching to the next level.

Target Audience: Teachers, tutors, lecturers of especially secondary, pre-tertiary, tertiary and adult learners, although course can be tailored to other levels as well

Available formatsShort seminar-style professional development workshop (2 or 3 hours; one-off or series), short seminar-style course (1 to 5 days)

MER-NN201: Pronouns: A Cross-Cultural Perspective

What exactly is a pronoun in linguistic terms, and why do people get so worked up about them in English today? Are so-called LGBTQ+ interests in reinventing the language really just a Western phenomenon? What about other languages across Southeast Asia and beyond?  Get into the hard science behind how language works and what pronouns reveal about the diversity and plurality of human cultures across space and time, using a range of case studies and examples from the Nusantara and all around the world.

Target audience: General adult; also suitable for secondary, pre-tertiary and tertiary students

Available formatsShort seminar-style professional development workshop (1 to 2 hours); hybrid or full online options available

MER-NN202: Gender in Southeast Asia and Beyond

My own heritage language Kristang may not yet have a word for gay, but it does have a term that arguably translates to non-binary: machu femi, or male-female. How have such divergent approaches to gender existed across languages and cultures in our region for hundreds, if not thousands of years, and why? With a firm foundation in scientific discoveries from the disciplines of anthropology and linguistics, discover what gender and sexuality can actually mean when we look beyond a Eurocentric perspective imposed upon our region by colonialism and its progeny, and extend your empathy and connection to not just other people, societies and civilisations, but maybe even to yourself ​as well! 

Target audience: General adult; also suitable for secondary, pre-tertiary and tertiary students

Available formatsShort seminar-style professional development workshop (1 to 3 hours); hybrid or full online options available

linggu kung papiakisa /
language & linguistics

MER-LN101: Linguistics for Professionals

We all know that language is an art, but how many of us are comfortable enough to also wield it as a science? A customisable course that introduces your team, agency, organisation or institution to the nuts and bolts of this new, pioneering field of study relevant to your particular context, discipline or market, and increases your overall analytic competency and linguistic awareness. Topics introduced can hence be tailored to your particular needs and interests, and can include phonetics and phonology (working with sounds and pronunciation), syntax (working with sentence structure and phrasing), morphology (working with words, especially new words and slogans), and sociolinguistics and language ecology (working with dialects, speech registers and how language interacts with different stakeholders).

Target audience: General adult
Available formats: Short seminar-style professional development workshop (2 or 3 hours; one-off or series), short seminar-style course (1 day to 2 weeks); hybrid or full online options possible

MER-LN102: Linguistics for Language Educators

Let's face it: language teachers have some of the hardest jobs in the world, especially when you have been asked to teach language as a second or even third content subject that you yourself may not even be very confident of! This customisable course not only introduces you to the language-related terms, theories and concepts that you did not quite know could be so helpful, but gives you the latest developments in linguistics research that will help you refine your own ability to teach, identify students' problems and weaknesses, and connect the dots behind the often difficult to understand systems at the heart of the words that often come so naturally to us. Topics introduced can be tailored to your needs and interests, and can be customised for language teachers of any competency in linguistics and of a variety of languages (e.g. English, Mandarin, Malay, Tamil, the NTIL languages and more), though the medium of instruction must remain in English.

Available formatsShort seminar-style professional development workshop (2 or 3 hours; one-off or series), short seminar-style course (1 to 2 weeks); hybrid or full online options available

MER-LN201: The Linguistics of Singlish 

You know as well as I do that Singaporeans secretly love Singlish, despite what they may claim in public or when other people are around: it carries so much of our identity and our unique flavour as a people. Just how does this unique language work, though, and why do linguists consider it a language at all? Learn about the mechanics of Singlish and a little of the history, contestations and confusion around it in this hands-on workshop that is suitable for professionals of all ages.

Target audience: General adult; also suitable for secondary, pre-tertiary and tertiary students

Available formatsShort seminar-style professional development workshop (1 to 3 hours), short seminar-style course (1 day); hybrid or full online options available

MER-LN202: The Linguistics of Kristang

You've heard Jingkli Nona, watched a Kristang video or two, or even attended a Kodrah Kristang worskhop or class. But how does Kristang work exactly? What is a creole, and why do we consider Kristang one? Why is it not "broken Portuguese" or "original Portuguese"? Why is there a Portuguese-Malay creole, and not a Dutch one? And why don't all Eurasians speak Kristang? Learn more about the story, structure, sociolinguistics and general science behind Kristang in a workshop catered to everyone who wants to know a bit more about nus sa linggu mai.

 

Target audience: General adult; also suitable for secondary, pre-tertiary and tertiary students

Available formatsShort seminar-style professional development workshop (1 to 3 hours), short seminar-style course (1 day); hybrid or full online options available

MER-LN203: Minority Languages of Singapore

Out of Bugis, Jurong, Seletar and Yishun, at least two of these place-names are also names of languages and peoples who are also a part and parcel of our island's present-day context and history, but who are often forgotten in our 21st-century hustle and bustle. Get to know a wide sampling of Singapore's many minority languages, including indigenous and expatriate communities, and discover the secret sauce behind the melting pot of cultures that we are so famously known as.

Target audience: General adult; also suitable for secondary, pre-tertiary and tertiary students

Available formatsShort seminar-style professional development workshop (1 to 3 hours; one-off or series focusing on individual minority languages), short seminar-style course (1 day); hybrid or full online options available

peskisa individuasang / individuation theory

MER-ID101: Introduction to Individuation Theory

Discover the principles and basic premises behind one of the most powerful and effective coaching methods ever to exist in this intensive course that will enable you to not just work better with people of all ages and backgrounds, but understand a little bit more of what makes you a special, independent and unique gift to this planet and universe. Not for the faint-of-heart, and definitely for those who are filled with heart for both yourself and others; come prepared to challenge assumptions, conquer your vulnerabilities and fears, and question reality itself, so that something even more beautiful and amazing can take its place.

Target audience: General adult; also suitable for advanced pre-tertiary and tertiary students
Available formats: Short seminar-style course (3 days to 2 weeks); course can be extended as a series of four to eight parts covering different levels of Individuation Theory depending on individual learner competencies

EXEC & PRO
course pricing

For all Executive & Professional courses, prices vary based on your preferred format and target audience. Sliding scale options are available. Please feel free to contact me for more details using the form below or by dropping me an email at merlionsman at gmail dot com.

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