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  • New campus of Umar Pulavar Tamil Language Centre
    community of learners For example two of our Master Teachers for Tamil Language along with 14 other experienced Tamil teachers conduct regular training and professional development courses in UPTLC UPTLC s new campus has been equipped with special facilities to nurture collegiate learning within the community of Tamil educators The Master Class Studio provides teachers the opportunity to enhance their craft by observing lessons conducted by experienced teachers Such programmes offer our Tamil teachers ongoing opportunities for professional development New Initiatives by UPTLC UPTLC has also embarked on several new initiatives Today I am happy to announce that from this year UPTLC will anchor the National Elective Tamil Language Programme NETP which will cater to secondary students taking Higher Tamil and JC students offering Tamil as a H2 subject This programme aims to enrich the learning of Tamil language literature and culture It is off to a good start with more than 50 TL students enrolling in the programme NETP students at the JC level who have the interest and potential to acquire a deeper proficiency in the language will also be awarded scholarships Another notable initiative is UPTLC s new Tamil Education in Singapore Heritage Gallery which will be launched later today The gallery will highlight the history of Tamil education in Singapore and how the community has contributed to it The heritage gallery is a tribute to the dynamic evolution of Tamil language learning in Singapore and will serve as a valuable resource for Tamil educators students and researchers The Centre has also collaborated with media partners to enthuse and enhance students love for Tamil UPTLC partners Tamil Murasu to give students a hands on experience in news reporting editing and publication For example during the Tamil Language Month this year students were given the opportunity to be student reporters and they wrote articles for the daily paper The Centre has collaborated with MediaCorp Oli 96 8 to create Ilaiya nila the very first student Deejay centre in Singapore This milestone programme was well received by students The project was awarded the Best Ideator Award at the 2010 PS21 Excel Convention The Centre has also worked closely with community organizations like SINDA for the promotion of Tamil language and culture I am encouraged to know that the UPTLC has developed in its students a strong sense of belonging community spirit and service mindedness and to use Tamil creatively Today the Centre counts among its alumni a number of Tamil teachers news editors in Tamil Murasu and Tamil artistes and deejays The Government s support for UPTLC and the learning of Tamil is part of our larger national emphasis on bilingual education Our bilingual policy of learning English and the MTLs has served us well It gives our students an edge in the global economy and centres us as an Asian society Bilingualism will continue to be the cornerstone of our education system We will encourage our students to learn Tamil to as high a level and for as

    Original URL path: http://www.bilingualism.sg/lkyfb/new-campus-of-umar-pulavar-tamil-language-centre-1 (2015-08-14)
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  • Ms Tan Leng Tuan, Assistant News Editor, Lianhe Zaobao
    know that these two friends were equal in importance and had to be treated with respect and diligence As long as we are sincere in learning there is nothing too difficult to learn In primary school I usually topped the class in Chinese but the same could not be said for my English My enunciation was poor and my vocabulary weak and filling in the blanks in cloze passages was my particular nemesis during exams But even so I did not dislike English On the contrary I only read English novels This could be due to my habit of reading a Ladybird a day which was cultivated from young Nancy Drew The Three Investigators and Sweet Valley High were just some of my favourite series Till I was 11 I did not read a single novel in Chinese Even my first contact with the Chinese classics Outlaws of the Marsh and Dream of the Red Mansion were translated English versions When I was 12 my aunt bought me my first Chinese novel written by local writer You Jin I remember it was a collection of short stories called The Lion on Fire This initial exposure to Chinese short stories inspired me to write and made me fall in love with Chinese literature Most of my friends hated Chinese essay writing but I had a lot of fun writing them I found it liberating to express one s thoughts and feelings in a language that was closest to your heart It was only upon entering secondary school that I realised that there were so many others who were better than me even in my best subject Chinese But I truly enjoyed my secondary school days because of my amazing teachers I was especially inspired by my language teachers to truly embrace the subjects we were taught Most Secondary 1 students thought English Literature to be the most scary subject but our teacher managed to transform it into one of our favourite subjects This was also why I chose to continue learning English literature in Secondary Three even though most people dropped it since it was deemed harder to score compared to other subjects I was glad my mother did not challenge my decision then My Chinese improved significantly in secondary school as our teachers tried to practise differentiated learning for students with varying abilities We all had to do the same homework but students with a stronger grasp of the subject had the opportunities to further develop their talents Through interesting homework like projects essays and book reports our teachers tried their best to instill in us a love for the language And because I had a wide range of interests at that time I read widely too In addition to Shakespeare and contemporary English novels I read Ba Jin Lao She Charlie Yong and Ni Kuan s works in my spare time A friend once commented that I m a person of moderation It is perhaps due to this attitude

    Original URL path: http://www.bilingualism.sg/resources/personal-reflections/ms-tan-leng-tuan-assistant-news-editor-lianhe-zaobao (2015-08-14)
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