Nurturing a Love for Language Learning Among Young Children

Published Date: 28 August 2015 12:00 AM

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13 to Receive the Outstanding Pre-School Mother Tongue Language Teacher Award 2015

1. The Outstanding Pre-school Mother Tongue Language (MTL) Teacher Award1, jointly presented by the committees2 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.

2. This year, 13 award recipients were selected from a total of 100 nominations. Minister of State Ms Sim Ann will be presenting the six Outstanding Awards and seven Merit Awards at the 4th Mother Tongue Languages (MTL) Symposium on Saturday, 29 August 2015. The list of award recipients can be found in Annex A.

3. The selection panel consisted of nine experienced pre-school educators and academics. On-site lesson observations were conducted and the teachers also presented their lesson plans and training videos to the panel members during interviews.

4th Mother Tongue Languages (MTL) Symposium

4. Into its fourth 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, 29 August 2015.

5. Themed “Our Mother Tongues as Living Languages”, this year’s MTL Symposium emphasises the importance of building a firm MTL foundation from young and how the family can help the child acquire the MTL confidently.

6. A new feature in the symposium this year is the sale of a wide range of selected MTL learning resources. Children can also participate in “The MTL Challenge” activities at various booths, win attractive prizes, and be treated to an all-day programme of storytelling and performances at the MTL Wonderland.

7. Besides 20 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.

Footnote:
  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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