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Giving 'amnesty' adds fun to Chinese lessons

Published on Jun 12, 2014 9:34 AM
The award winners at the ceremony held during the launch of the Singapore Book Fair yesterday were (front row, from left) Ms See Hui Chen, Ms Hoe Mei Hwee and Madam Dong Yan; (back row, from left) Mr Liu Zhao, Mr Liong Peen Lee, Mr Chong Yew Fook and Mr Teo Chieng Chua. Two other winners were not present at the event. -- PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Pupils who take an active part in Chinese lessons at Bukit Timah Primary can get cards that allow them to be excused for "crimes" such as forgetting to complete their homework.

Dubbed mian si jin pai, or "amnesty cards", in a playful echo of the tokens used in imperial China, this is one of the innovations that Chinese-language teacher Dong Yan has come up with to make lessons more interesting.

Each card grants a pupil one chance to be let off the hook and can also be used to help "save" a friend in similar situations.

Yesterday, Madam Dong, 42, was one of nine teachers awarded the Inspiring Chinese Language Teachers Award, organised by Lianhe Zaobao and endorsed by the Ministry of Education.

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