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Master of Arts (Teaching Chinese as an International Language)

  • For more information about the programmes offered for the August 2019 intake, please click here.

    Click here for application details for January 2020 intake.

  • Click here for the Chinese version.

    With the rapid rise of China as a global economic powerhouse, there is a growing worldwide trend of an increasing number of learners seeking to master Chinese as an international language. Along with the rapid growth of such learners is a corresponding sharp increase in demand within the international market for more educators who are properly trained to teach Chinese in English-speaking regions.

    The Master of Arts in Teaching Chinese as an International Language (MA TCIL) programme is NIE’s strategic response to this worldwide trend. Offered by Asian Languages and Cultures Academic Group in NIE,  the programme aims to train and prepare educators who are bilingual in English and Chinese to teach Chinese in countries where Chinese is not the dominant language. It is primarily targeted at educators who desire to specialise in the theory and practice of teaching Chinese as a foreign/second/international language to learners with English as their first language (CIL learners).

    Key programme features include:

    1. An introduction to the understanding and correct use of English as an aid to help the learners master Chinese.
    2. A combination of theory and practice, emphasising classroom training to ensure that graduates are competent in teaching Chinese in an English language teaching environment.
    3. Leverage on the prevalent Chinese textbooks used in English-speaking countries as teaching materials to highlight the pertinence of teaching.
    4. In comparison with international programmes of similar nature, there are 5 courses uniquely designed for this programme:
      - Language Code: Theory and Practice
      - Chinese-English Contrastive Analysis & Its Application
      - Global Chinese and Contemporary China
      - Critical Inquiry in TCIL
      - Professional English for TCIL Instructors
    5. Through the two courses, namely, Chinese-English Contrastive Analysis & Its Application, and Professional English for TCIL Instructors, the students' bilingualism and ability in contrastive analysis between Chinese and English language are strengthened, providing students with the competency to meet the future demands at work and daily life.
    6. Create more opportunities for students to engage in teaching jobs in regions such as America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand upon graduation.
  • Applicant must possess:

    • A recognized Bachelor’s degree where the medium of instruction is Chinese or a postgraduate teacher education qualification specialising in the teaching of Chinese approved by the University.
    • Demonstrate proficiency in English, with College English Test (CET) Band 6, Test for English Majors (TEM) Band 4, IELTS 6.0, TOEFL 500, or such other qualifications that are recognised by the University.

    For international applicants, more information on the entry requirements can be found here.

  • There are two options within this programme. The coursework for this specialisation comprises 6 specialisation elective courses plus either:

    • a dissertation OR
    • two additional courses (one specialisation elective course and MTCL910 Critical Inquiry in TCIL)

    MTCL910 Critical Inquiry in TCIL is open only for applicants pursuing the degree totally by coursework.

    You do not have to make the decision when you apply.


    Specialisation Elective Courses

    • MTCL901 Language Code: Theory and Practice
    • MTCL902 Vocabulary and Grammar: Theory and Practice
    • MTCL903 Chinese-English Contrastive Analysis & Its Application
    • MTCL904 Teaching of Listening & Speaking Skills in TCIL
    • MTCL905 Teaching of Reading & Writing Skills in TCIL
    • MTCL906 Application of Information Technology in TCIL
    • MTCL907 Language Testing & Assessment in TCIL
    • MTCL908 Analysis & Development of Instructional Materials for TCIL
    • MTCL909 Global Chinese and Contemporary China
    • MTCL911 Professional English for TCIL Instructors
    • MTCL912 Early Childhood Education in TCIL: Theory and Practice
    • MTCL913 Chinese Language Education for International Schools

    Important note for matriculated students:
    Please refer to the ISAAC system for the programme structure relevant to your intake during Course Registration or consult your programme leader if you need clarifications.

  • The Master of Arts (Teaching Chinese as an International Language) is offered on both part-time and full-time basis. The candidature periods are as follows:

    Full-time

    Minimum

    1 year

    Maximum

    2 years

    Part-time

    Minimum

    2 years

    Maximum

    4 years

  • Our tuition fees are subject to revision on a yearly basis. More details can be found here.

  • There is generally only one intake for this programme, in January. You are advised to visit the website and look out for NIE’s announcements in May/June to confirm if the programme will be open for application at any particular intake.

    Applications are to be made online.

    More information on required documents for application can be found here.

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    • E-mail: nieadmpp@nie.edu.sg
      (for administrative enquiries related to admissions and application)

    • E-mail: higherdegrees@nie.edu.sg
      (for administrative matters related to programme matters such as time-table, study plans)

    • Programme Leader: Dr Luo Qingming, 罗庆铭
      (for specific academic enquiries related to the programme such as curriculum requirements)