Quadrilingual Education in Singapore: Pedagogical Innovation by Rita Elaine Silver, Wendy D. Bokhorst-Heng

By Rita Elaine Silver, Wendy D. Bokhorst-Heng

This ebook explores Singapore’s language schooling method. not like earlier volumes, which debate the bilingual requirement for studying, it specializes in Singapore’s quadrilingual method, bringing jointly articles on all of the 4 languages – English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil – in addition to articles that learn multiple language. It highlights earlier successes, present matters, and destiny instructions for language schooling. The booklet makes a speciality of school room pedagogy in all 4 legitimate languages, showcasing how languages are taught and discovered in Singapore as a foundation for higher knowing the process “from the interior out.” The authors current empirical, classroom-based stories on language pedagogy in all 4 languages, in addition to up-to-date details at the present socio-political context and the way it has prompted makes an attempt at pedagogical innovation. attention is given to the dialectical dating among coverage and perform.  The chapters additionally contain discussions of pre-school-age studying, impacts of language coverage, domestic literacy practices, and commentaries by means of foreign language-in-education students. This process additionally offers a foundation for overseas comparability – specifically if you have an interest in fostering English talent whereas preserving a number of nationwide languages. the amount is especially very important in mild of the continued foreign efforts to combine English into nationwide academic structures the place it's not the dominant language.

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The cohort at PCF kindergartens is generally multi-ethnic, and the programme is affordable for most families. Quality preschools tend to be expensive, and admission is subject to availability. A number of centres cater to the needs of a particular ethnic group by not only offering academic instruction, but also religious literacy. Early childhood centres (including kindergartens) have the autonomy to stipulate their own goals and the liberty of designing their own unique curriculum. While kindergarten education is not part of compulsory education in Singapore, the government has nonetheless established a framework to guide the curriculum and objectives of kindergarten programmes.

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I drew upon several ethnographic methods of data collection such as interviewing, participant observation, field notes and artefact analysis to gather data. I used informal conversational interviewing throughout the study (Walcott 1994). This enabled me to obtain an inside perspective of the participants’ beliefs and values and their own perceptions about their literacies and living. All the interviews were audio recorded and transcribed so that the transcripts could be used for analysis. Other than the interviews, my role and that of my research assistant (RA) constantly shifted between the position of observer and participant.

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