15 Pre-School Teachers Recognised for Their Passion in Nurturing a Love for Language Learning Among Young Children

Published Date: 22 August 2014 12:00 AM

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Outstanding Pre-School Mother Tongue Language Teacher Award 2014

1.This year, five teachers will receive the Outstanding Pre-school Mother Tongue Language (MTL) Teacher Award 1. The awards will be presented by Ms Sim Ann, Minister of State, Ministry of Education & Ministry of Communications and Information, at the 3rd Mother Tongue Languages (MTL) Symposium on Saturday, 23 August 2014. Another 10 pre-school teachers will receive the merit award. The list of award recipients can be found in Annex.

2.The award, jointly presented by the committees 2 to promote MTLs, and supported by the Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism, recognises pre-school teachers for their passion in making the learning of MTLs interesting and in nurturing a love for languages among pre-school children.

3.The 15 award recipients were selected from a total of 110 nominations. The selection panel consisted of nine experienced pre-school educators and academics. The panel members conducted on-site lesson observations and the teachers also presented their lesson plans and training videos to the panel members during interviews.

3rd Mother Tongue Languages (MTL) Symposium

4.Into its third year this year, the MTL Symposium brings together Singapore schools and the community to share our collective efforts in promoting MTL through creative and engaging programmes. The MTL Symposium, jointly organised by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the committees to promote MTLs, will be held at the Suntec Singapore Exhibition and Convention Centre, from 11:00am to 8:00pm on Saturday, 23 August 2014.

5.This year’s theme, “Flourish in the Wonderland of Our Languages”, underscores the importance of schools, community and parents working together to provide a supportive and vibrant language environment in helping children develop their MTL proficiency. It will also provide a platform for the exchange of ideas among educators and parents on children’s learning of their MTL.

6.Besides 12 sharing sessions and workshops, there will also be 40 exhibition booths set up by pre-school centres, schools and various partners, showcasing innovative teaching methods and community programmes that help to nurture children as active learners and proficient users of their MTL. A list of activities and exhibitions at the MTL Symposium can be found at www.mtls.com.sg. Admission is free.

Footnotes:
  1. The Outstanding Pre-school Chinese Language Teacher Award was first introduced in 2009 by the Committee to Promote Chinese Language Learning. From 2013, the award has been renamed the Outstanding Pre-school Mother Tongue Language Teacher Award to recognise the contributions of all MTL teachers.
  2. The committees comprise the Committee to Promote Chinese Language Learning, the Malay Language Learning and Promotion Committee, and the Tamil Language Learning and Promotion Committee.
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