Launch of First Master of Arts Programme grounded in bilingual pedagogies for chinese learning
Wednesday, 25 February 2015
LAUNCH CEREMONY: 25
FEBRUARY 2015 AT 10.00 AM, LECTURE THEATRE 4, LEVEL 1, BLOCK 7, 1 NANYANG WALK,
education professionals who are bilingual in Chinese and English, the Master of
Arts in Teaching Chinese as an International Language (MA TCIL) will provide
them with rich research and pedagogical insights for teaching Chinese in
countries where it is not the dominant language.
the growing demand of Chinese language learners and the need for specialised
programmes and professionals who can teach bilingually, the National Institute
of Education (NIE) of Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, launches
a two-year full-time (or four-year part-time) programme.
MASTER OF ARTS IN
TEACHING CHINESE AS AN INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE
by faculty from NIE’s Asian Languages and Cultures Academic Group, the programme
adopts the Bilingual Approach (BA) model to teach participants a methodology of
using English as an aid to help language learners acquire Chinese. Thus,
applicants for MA TCIL must demonstrate proficiency in English in addition to possessing
a recognised Bachelor’s degree where the medium of instruction is Chinese or a
postgraduate teacher education qualification specialising in teaching Chinese.
comparison with international programmes of similar nature, MA TCIL is uniquely
designed with five core courses – Language Code: Theory and Practice;
Chinese-English Contrastive Analysis and Its Application; Global Chinese and
Contemporary Chinese; Critical Inquiry in TCIL; and Professional English for
TCIL Instructors. MA TCIL also emphasises classroom practice to ensure
graduates are competent in teaching Chinese in an English language teaching
environment. In addition, some MA TCIL participants may have an opportunity to observe
at first hand the practice of TCIL.
Christine Goh, NIE Dean of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning says, “NIE’s
graduate programmes will continue to grow and transform in response to global
education trends that impact the learning demands of tomorrow’s education professionals.
Applications to MA TCIL have been very encouraging and we have selected more
than 40 students in our inaugural cohort.”
Please refer to Annexe B and Annexe C for
more details about the MA TCIL Fact Sheet in
English and Chinese.
26 February 2015
The Straits Times (Page B5): NIE takes Chinese teaching to English speakers
Lianhe Zaobao (Page 12): 75% of the first batch of students taking NTU Master of Arts in Teaching Chinese as an International Language are from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan