Eight Chinese Language Teachers Recognized for Exemplary Efforts in Teaching, Parenting & Education News & Top Stories
SINGAPORE – During the Covid-19 pandemic, teachers have had to adapt to move their lessons online and find ways to involve students in a virtual classroom.
At the same time, Chinese language teachers face another challenge, Education Minister Chan Chun Sing said on Saturday (September 11th).
In the internet age, young Singaporeans consume media and information primarily in English, with Mandarin taking a back seat in everyday conversations, Chan said.
“When there are fewer opportunities to be exposed to Chinese in your daily life, it will take more effort to learn Chinese. Some students may even be afraid and refuse to learn,” he said. declared in Mandarin.
He was speaking at an award ceremony for eight teachers who have made an exemplary effort in teaching Chinese language and culture amidst these challenges.
On Saturday, the eight teachers received the Distinguished Chinese Language Teachers Award at a ceremony at the Singapore Press Holdings press center in Toa Payoh.
The awards, in their 24th edition, also recognize teachers who cultivate students’ interest in Chinese language and culture through creative teaching methods or extracurricular activities.
The awards are organized by Lianhe Zaobao and ZBSchools.sg, and co-organized by the Singapore Center for the Chinese Language, the Singapore Chinese Education Society, the Singapore Chinese Teachers Union and the Teachers Association of Chinese Colleges in Singapore.
The eight winners each received a trophy and a cash prize of $ 1,500.
They were selected from a group of around 340 teachers from 163 schools. All Chinese language teachers except past awardees, elementary and secondary schools, pre-university and college were eligible for nomination by schools, parents or students.
Award winner Jiang Yan Yan, 40, a Singaporean, said she used technology to make her Chinese lessons more interesting for students.
For example, the teacher at Princess Elizabeth Elementary School uses TikTok videos to teach students new vocabulary, such as “chuang yi”, which means “creativity”.
“The computer seems to have a kind of magic – learning tasks only need to be hooked up to the Internet so that students can do them willingly and enthusiastically,” Ms. Jiang said in Mandarin.
Technology has fundamentally changed the way people learn, she added.
She recalled how some of her students, who were learning Chinese at a basic level, used Google Translate to write a card for her on Teachers’ Day this year.
“That’s good. It shows they are willing to give it a try. Even if they copy the words from Google Translate, it’s a starting point for learning – without technology, if they didn’t know the words, they At the end of the day, everyone’s learning process is different, ”said Ms. Jiang, who has taught for 13 years.
Dr Liang Yong, 53, who teaches in the college section of Hwa Chong Institution, also received the award. He holds a doctorate in Chinese studies and has been teaching for 14 years.
Dr Liang, also Singaporean, said he tries to make learning Chinese fun and convenient for students.
For example, when news on environmental issues in China was in fashion, he asked his students to participate in a simulated TV debate in Chinese.
“The students were divided into several groups, playing the role of central leaders, local officials, entrepreneurs, urban residents, migrant workers and representatives of non-governmental organizations, to discuss how to control pollution. . This real-world app stimulated their curiosity and interest in learning Chinese, ”he said in Mandarin.