Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1075/japc.00046.lee
Title: Singapore bilingual education
Authors: Lee, Cher Leng 
Phua, Chiew Pheng 
Issue Date: 30-Jun-2020
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
Citation: Lee, Cher Leng, Phua, Chiew Pheng (2020-06-30). Singapore bilingual education. Journal of Asian Pacific Communication 30 (1-2) : 90-114. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1075/japc.00046.lee
Abstract: Abstract Bilingualism has always been emphasized in Singapore’s education system. Since 1959, Singapore government leaders have repeatedly stressed that bilingualism is the cornerstone of Singapore’s language policy. Scholars researching language policy and planning in Singapore have also assumed that Singapore has always maintained a consistent stand on bilingualism. This paper cites the case of Chinese language (Mandarin) education as evidence to show how “bilingual” education has undergone significant changes in Singapore by tracing the historical changes and examining how bilingual education has evolved since its implementation. The findings show that the once-compulsory bilingual requirements gave way to differentiated ones in the history of Singapore’s bilingual policy. This finding will help researchers have a better understanding of Singapore’s “bilingual education” today and its position compared to other bilingual education systems in the world.
Source Title: Journal of Asian Pacific Communication
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/173672
ISSN: 09576851
15699838
DOI: 10.1075/japc.00046.lee
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