Service learning using English language teaching in pre-service teacher education in Singapore

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Author: D'Rozario, Vilma; Low, Ee Ling; Avila, Ava Patricia; Cheung, Stephane

Abstract:

In line with the Ministry of Education's vision of the delivery of 21st century competencies amongst all students in Singapore, the National Institute of Education in Singapore employs service learning as a pedagogical tool to develop community outreach and engagement. This paper begins with a review of related literature on service learning as a means of enhancing the quality of pre-service teacher education programs internationally. It then looks at how the teaching of the English language may be used as a principal means by which students can make an impact on a local community of their choice in the Singaporean context. It draws attention to the nexus of theory and practice via highlighting three service-learning projects where the vital relationship between the pedagogical methods area of study known as Curriculum Studies on English Language Teaching and the opportunity to practise English language teaching outside the traditional clinic field experience offered through practicum posting are presented. The paper concludes with the proposition that service learning promotes active citizenry and moral education of youth and allows student teachers an opportunity to build deep partnerships with the community even before they step into the teaching profession as full-fledged teachers.

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In line with the Ministry of Education's vision of the delivery of 21st century competencies amongst all students in Singapore, the National Institute of Education in Singapore employs service learning as a pedagogical tool to develop community outreach and engagement. This paper begins with a review of related literature on service learning as a means of enhancing the quality of pre-service teacher education programs internationally. It then looks at how the teaching of the English language may be used as a principal means by which students can make an impact on a local community ...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Teaching and learning; Language; Providers of education and training

Keywords: Teacher training; Experiential learning; Student teachers

Geographic subjects: Singapore; Asia

Published: Abingdon, England: Taylor and Francis, 2012

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Journal title: Asia Pacific journal of education

Journal volume : 32

Journal number: 4

Journal date: December 2012

Pages: pp. 441-454

ISSN: 0218-8791; 1742-6855 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call Number:
TD/TNC 111.82



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