18 Jan '11, 10pm

A new chapter in teaching mother tongue /via

It's heartening to know the great efforts and budget set aside to make learning MTL fun. BUT there's no point spending that amount of money when the teachers deployed or developed are not bilingual themselves. How do u teach the meaning of chinese words or phrases to a child that do not understand in the first place. My son had a teacher who couldn't do that in Primary 2. The teacher couldn't do simple translations, which made it hard for children like my son, who is already weak in the subject to stay engage or interested. In today's environment where most children come from predominently English speaking families, it becomes apparent that it is not the number of teachers deployed that is as important as the quality and calibre of these teachers developed. I applaud the Ministry's efforts, and I do hope my children will get to reap the benefits of this new curriculum.

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC110119-0000260/A-...

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