Asian Languages and Cultures Academic Group,
National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
The Asian Languages and Cultures Academic Group (ALC), an academic group in National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, seeks to train and nurture mother-tongue teachers for the education of mother-tongue languages (MTL) in the main stream schools under the Ministry of Education, Singapore.
The range of courses offered for pre-service teachers comprises Diploma in Education (Primary), Bachelor of Arts (Education, Primary and Secondary) and Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Primary and Secondary). To cater to the further professional development of educators at large, ALC offers the Management and Leadership in Schools programme as well as higher degree programmes including Masters in Education, Masters of Arts, Teaching Chinese as an International language and the Doctor of Philosophy programme.
There are three divisions within ALC, including the Chinese language, Malay language and Tamil language, serving the needs of each MTL respectively. Apart from building up a well-rounded foundation for ethnic MTL teachers and equip them with practical and innovative skills, knowledge and pedagogy, ALC strives to cultivate and nurture teacher-scholars dedicated to the research, teaching and learning of mother tongue languages and cultures in Singapore and beyond. We have also extended our network to engage and collaborate with local and overseas Chinese, Malay and Indian organizations for the promotion of MTL education and cultures. ALC will continue to actively promote innovative, multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural research and teaching in Chinese, Malay and Tamil languages, and to establish itself as an international centre of excellence for Asian languages and cultures. For more information, please visit our website: www.nie.edu.sg
Singapore University of Social Sciences
The Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) is one of Singapore's six national universities and its mission is to provide lifelong education that equips learners to serve society. Home to more than 14,000 students, SUSS provides an applied education that targets both fresh school leavers and adult learners, with a focus on social sciences. It adopts a flexible and practice-focused learning approach and offers more than 60 degree programmes in various disciplines. Eligible students taking SUSS's undergraduate programmes enjoy government subsidies and access to government bursaries, tuition fee loans and study loans. For more information, please visit: www.suss.edu.sg
Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Ngee Ann Polytechnic opened its doors in 1965 as one of the five polytechnics in Singapore. It now offers 48 full-time diploma courses through nine academic schools and various part-time programmes for adult learners through its CET Academy.
Diploma in Chinese Studies is one of six diplomas offered in School of Humanities & Social Sciences, namely, Diploma in Arts Business Management, Diploma in Business & Social Enterprise, Diploma in Chinese Media & Communication, Diploma in Early Childhood Development & Education, Diploma in Psychology Studies and Diploma in Tamil Studies with Early Education. With 65 percent of the course conducted in Chinese, Diploma in Chinese Studies is the one and only such diploma among polytechnics aimed to cultivate bilingual talents.
Diploma in Chinese Studies offers the Annie Tan (Mrs Wan Boo Sow) Chinese Studies Prizes to outstanding bilingual students as well as students who are in need of financial assistance. For more information, please visit our website: www.np.edu.sg
SINGAPORE CHINESE TEACHERS’ UNION
Singapore Chinese Teachers’ Union (SCTU) was founded in 1953. Welfare of Chinese teachers during the pre-independence period was poor. A group of Chinese teachers with a strong passion for the Chinese Language, then founded the Singapore Chinese Teachers’ Union, with the aim of achieving better welfare for all Chinese teachers.
After SCTU was founded, generations after generations of its executive committee members worked tirelessly, sparing no effort to improve the welfare of Chinese teachers. To keep up with educational reforms, SCTU actively organised professional courses for Chinese teachers to upgrade themselves. SCTU also published series of publications, as well as Chinese journals, which are recognized internationally. As a union for Chinese teachers, SCTU grows day after day as a professional organization.
As lifelong learning for teachers became increasingly important in the 21st century, SCTU collaborated with prestigious educational institutions overseas to start academic programs ranging from degree courses to PhD courses, for teachers who were keen on professional upgrades in these institutions. To cater to teachers who have little time for self-development, SCTU also organises short term professional courses for teachers during school holidays. Sparing no effort to promote the love for reading, SCTU has held reading clubs and reading club exchanges to Taiwan. Over a hundred Chinese teachers were trained as reading facilitators, equipped with the necessary skills to lead and promote reading in primary, secondary schools and junior colleges nationwide.
With 60 years of history and the tireless labour which generations of executive committee members have put in, SCTU has scaled greater heights year after year. Constant innovation, a good system of leadership succession and sound development plan of the union has transformed SCTU into an organisation united in heart and strength. SCTU continues to strive so as to make further contributions to Chinese education in Singapore, for years to come. For more information, please visit our website: www.sctu.org.sg
SINGAPORE MIDDLE SCHOOL CHINESE TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION
新加坡中学华文教师会成立于1951年，是一个历史悠久的教育专业团体，简称中教会。中教会成立的宗旨是联络教师感情、 谋求教师福利、研究教育，并提高学生华文水平。中教会除关注我国教育的发展，也与世界各国的教育团体保持密切关系。它是世界教师专业联合会的会员、 亚细安教育团体的成员，同时也是东南亚华文教学研讨会机构的发起者。
The Singapore Middle School Chinese Teachers' Association was established in 1951. It is one of the earliest educational organizations in Singapore. Its initial is SMSCTA.
The aim is to foster interaction, professional sharing, welfare among teachers, as well as to encourage students to master the Chinese language.
Besides, it also keeps in touch with world teaching bodies and organizations and Act Convention in ASEAN. It was also the first Chinese organization here to initiate the setting up of the Southeast Asian Chinese Language Teaching Convention.
It organises forums and talks regularly by inviting foreign speakers on the teaching of Chinese language. In addition, it also organises and co-sponsors various activities for both primary and secondary school students, e.g., translation, on-line writing and oratorical contests.
It also publishes educational journals, periodicals, newsletters regularly, such as “Zhongjiao Xuebao” etc.
The Society of Chinese Education Singapore
The Society of Chinese Education Singapore (SCES) was previously known as the Singapore Chinese Schools’ Conference (SCSC). It was established in July 1947 and has a history of seven decades.
The objectives of the SCSC were to research on educational issues, enhance the administration of Chinese schools, improve the quality of teaching and learning, as well as focus on the benefits of teaching staff.
Due to the changing of times and with the evolution of education systems, traditional Chinese schools in Singapore no longer exist. In response to this, the SCSC called for an Extraordinary General Meeting to amend its constitution and change its name.
On 7 August 2012, the SCSC was officially registered as The Society of Chinese Education Singapore (SCES). The objectives of the society are as follows:
- To disseminate Chinese tradition and culture;
- To promote the research and teaching of the Chinese Language;
- To strengthen the exchanges between Chinese teaching and research institutions.
For more information, please visit our website: www.sces.org.sg