Singapore University of Social Sciences

Multicultural Education and Bilingual Education (多元文化教育与双语教育) (ECL205)

Synopsis

This course focuses on understanding the existence and causes of social stereotypes, prejudice, and culture. It is designed to enable students to self-introspect their interpersonal attitude and the impact in their work in early childhood education in Singapore. Students will examine multicultural education issues and perspectives. Discussion of bilingual education in Singapore’s multicultural societal context will be included. They will be able to gain a wider perspective of teaching Chinese Language in Singapore’s bilingual context.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.

Topics

  • Multicultural education: Issues and Perspectives
  • Social stereotypes, prejudice, culture difference in classroom setting
  • Cultural impact on children’s development
  • Children’s multicultural education
  • Multicultural education curriculum reform
  • The importance of multicultural education in Singapore
  • Children and ethnic culture
  • Overview of Bilingual Education
  • Bilingual Education Theory
  • Bilingual Education Implementation
  • Appropriate curriculum for children (1)
  • Appropriate curriculum for children (2)

Learning Outcome

  • Explain the definition, history and purpose of multicultural education
  • Analyze the relationship between culture and child development
  • Discuss the meaning, contents and present situation of transition program from pre-school to primary school
  • Develop effective multicultural lesson activities for children using appropriate strategies to create multicultural learning environment
  • Examine different approaches to address individual differences and interests of children
  • Apply theories and approaches of bilingual education in early childhood settings
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