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9 teachers win the Inspiring Teacher of English award

They use tools as varied as YouTube, philosophy and technology in class

Published on Oct 17, 2012 6:00 AM
Five of the award winners (from left): Ms Ignatia Wong, Mr Jared Quek, Ms Rosvinder Kaur, MrMuhammad Ahmad and Ms Chia Hui Ping. Of the nine winners, five teach in primary schools. --PHOTO: DESMOND LUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

Fuhua Secondary's head of English, Mr Jared Quek, believes all students can write well - as long as they have a clear mind that thinks through the issues at hand.

So he introduced thinking skills and moral reasoning into his upper secondary English language classes - and won the Inspiring Teacher of English Award on Tuesday.

He was one of nine winners of the award presented by the Speak Good English Movement and The Straits Times. The award, in its fifth year, recognises teachers who use innovative methods to improve students' English.

Mr Quek, 31, said his fusion of philosophy and English works - even in classes for academically weaker students.

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Background story


Our English teachers have to be skilled practitioners, with a wide repertoire of teaching methodologies to suit the variety of abilities and learning styles within the classroom.

- Senior Minister of State for Education Lawrence Wong, who handed out the award to the teachers at a ceremony yesterday