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MOE Language Centre to Offer Spanish as a Third Language from January 2014

date:Aug 10,2012 source: editorial staff:linan clicks:

1.The Ministry of Education Language Centre (MOELC) will offer Spanish as a Third Language from January 2014, bringing the total number of Third Languages offered at the MOELC to seven1. This was announced by Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister of State, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Education, at the official opening of MOELC’s new campus today.
2.Located at Cairnhill Road, the second2 MOELC campus was built to give more eligible students the opportunity to learn a foreign language. Facilities at the new campus include fully-equipped audio-visual classrooms, a recording studio, computer labs, as well as a Resource Library.
3.The MOELC was set up in 1978 to offer French and Japanese as a Third Language. A year later, the choices for Third Language were expanded to include German. Subsequent years saw the introduction of Malay as a Third Language in 1986 and Arabic and Bahasa Indonesia in 2008.
4.The Third Language programmes aim to equip students with the language and cross-cultural literacy needed to enhance our cultural and economic relations with French-speaking countries, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, and the Middle East. The French, German and Japanese Language Programmes have the added objective of enabling our students to acquire knowledge, experience and expertise in science and technology from non-English speaking countries such as France, Germany and Japan, which are widely acknowledged as leaders in these fields3.
5.The introduction of Spanish in 2014 aims to develop a core group of Singaporeans who will be proficient in Spanish to support Singapore’s efforts in exploring new growth opportunities and forging partnerships with Spain, Latin America and other Spanish-speaking countries. A ready pool of Singaporean Spanish speakers will also facilitate and contribute to the growth of Singapore companies’ interest in Latin America. At the same time, having a pool of Spanish-speaking executives, professionals and managers in Singapore will also increase our attractiveness as a hub for Latin American companies looking to set up operations in Asia.
6.To complement and support the teaching of Third Languages, the MOELC organises a variety of co-curricular activities such as local and overseas study cum immersion programmes and study tours, quizzes, essay-writing and story-telling competitions, video or film shows, handicraft making, cultural activities and visits to foreign companies in Singapore.
7.The official opening of the new MOELC (Newton) campus was held in conjunction with its 30th Prize Presentation Ceremony. The top students at each level for the various languages received prizes in recognition of their achievements. In addition, the valedictorians of each foreign language department were awarded the Ambassador’s Cup sponsored by the French, German and Japanese Embassies, in support of the language programmes at the MOELC.

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