Chinese Language & Culture division (ALC/CLC) Graduation Celebration 2017

Chinese Language & Culture division (ALC/CLC) Graduation Celebration 2017

Monday, 15 May 2017

On 15 May 2017, graduating student teachers from the Bachelor of Arts and the Diploma and Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Chinese Specialization) cohorts gathered at LT8 for our graduation ceremony organized by the Chinese Language and Culture division (CLC). 

The ceremony began with a speech by the Acting Deputy Head of Asian Languages Cultures Academic Group, Associate Professor Tan Chee Lay. In his address, A/P Tan offered valuable advice to the graduating cohorts as we embarked on our journey as educators. He urged the graduating students not to forget the reasons why we decided to embark on this teaching profession.

During this joyous occasion, various performances were put up by the graduating cohorts. The BA cohort reminisced some of the fond memories they had with their classmates as well as with their lecturers in the form of a comedy talk show. The PGDE (Sec) cohort compiled those memorable experiences they encountered during their practicum and recorded it into a short video. The PGDE (Pri) awed the audience with a skit about our “honeymoon” period in NIE in which, they parodied some of the lecturers whom had taught them. The various performances were well received by the audience as these resonated strongly with everyone because of the common experiences we shared in our course of study in NIE. The Dip Ed students prepared an interactive segment where the audience had to guess the teachers from their childhood photos or from a glimpse of their work desk. It brought both the lecturers and students closer together as a result.

In addition to the exciting performances, the organizing committee invited 4 beginning teachers, namely Mdm Liang Qi from Yio Chu Kang Primary School, Mr Teo Yi Zuo from East Spring Primary School, Mr Yap Chou Hur Charles from Cantonment Primary School and Ms Teo Yao Lu from Chung Cheng High School (Main), back for a sharing session. We gained a deeper understanding of the role of a teacher and they candidly spoke about the challenges they faced in their first year since graduating. The sharing session was insightful as the graduating cohorts came away better prepared for what is to come.  Dr Choong Kok Weng, programme leader for the Higher Degree Programme in Chinese Language & Culture division, took this opportunity to introduce the Master’s programme in Education (Chinese Language) that ALC offered too.

To conclude this event, CLC lecturers performed song entitled 《放心去飞》(Fly away with ease) to wish the graduating cohorts all the best for their endeavors as a Chinese teacher. As the event came to a close, the journey as a student teacher in NIE reached an end too. As we begin the next phase of journey, we hope the graduating cohorts will be courageous in pursuing their dreams and be an outstanding Chinese teacher. 



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