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“Elite Class”: The Gifted Education Program for Foreign Languages

As we try to bridge the gap between online and traditional learning, it is important to take a step back and audit our progress as a society. For decades, Singaporean education was very traditional. Our exam-focused education system necessitated that teachers push...

Minister for Education on “being a student for life”

As teacher’s day comes and goes again this year, let’s look at some of the big changes happening in Singapore’s education system. The Joy of Learning, UPLIFT, and the One Education System Many Subject Bands are key prongs of Singapore’s new “Learn for Life” Movement....
Chineasy: The best way to learn Mandarin?

Chineasy: The best way to learn Mandarin?

The traditional Chinese character for horse features four legs and a tail – later chopped off during the simplification process. Image: ShaoLan/Chineasy In Singapore, students are mandated by law to learn a second language, their ‘mother tongue’ language. But for most...

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The difficulty of the French article

The difficulty of the French article

The French language has been known to be confusing to foreign language learners, especially student’s whose first language is English. This is because in the English language, the general rule is that sentences require a definite or indefinite article. Articles behave...

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Less is more in foreign language learning

Less is more in foreign language learning

Which would be easier for you to memorize? The entire Singapore telephone book (yes, they still exist). A short nursery rhyme. Scientific studies have shown that we learn best by absorbing small morsels of information, applying them in a practical manner, then...

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Spanish Language Teaching Methods

Spanish Language Teaching Methods

Most people would agree on the absolute necessity of learning a foreign language in today’s society. But what is the most adequate and most effective way to do it? This is where things get a little bit more complicated. Different answers to this question have...

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Learn Korean: Hangul

Learn Korean: Hangul

Korean is spoken by over 63 million people in South Korea, North Korea, China, Japan, and even Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Russia! Grammatically, the Korean language has many similarities to the Japanese language while 70% of its vocabulary is a derivative of the...

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