Launch of First Master of Arts Programme grounded in bilingual pedagogies for chinese learning

Launch of First Master of Arts Programme grounded in bilingual pedagogies for chinese learning

Date
Wednesday, 25 February 2015

LAUNCH CEREMONY: 25 FEBRUARY 2015 AT 10.00 AM, LECTURE THEATRE 4, LEVEL 1, BLOCK 7, 1 NANYANG WALK, SINGAPORE 637616

For 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.

Observing 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

Helmed 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.

In 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.

Professor 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.

Media Coverage

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