20 Sep '11, 9pm

Excuse me, ah, Canadian lady, our Singaporean teachers are also native speakers of English hor.

I AM a University of Cambridge certified English teacher from Canada who has been volunteering at both my sons' local schools since we moved to Singapore in 2009. The kindergarten and primary school pupils are adorable even though I can rarely understand what they are saying. With large numbers of pupils in each class, I like the idea of employing assistant teachers to help with the workload, and it would be excellent if the Education Ministry would consider what Japan has been doing for the last 24 years. With the inception of the Japan Exchange and Teaching programme, the Japanese government employs native English speakers from around the world to "team teach" in classrooms from Hokkaido to Okinawa. I participated in the programme, and as a team, the Japanese teacher and I encouraged the pupils to study the grammar and then verbally practise the points in useful and inte...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Voices/EDC110921-0000316/Teach...

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