Quadrilingual Education in Singapore

Pedagogical Innovation in Language Education

  • Rita Elaine Silver
  • Wendy D. Bokhorst-Heng

Part of the Education Innovation Series book series (EDIN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Transitions

  4. Competencies

  5. Practices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Viniti Vaish
      Pages 135-151
    3. Rita Elaine Silver, Xiao Lan Curdt-Christiansen, Roksana Bibi Binte Abdullah, Seetha Lakshmi, Yanning Yang
      Pages 153-180
    4. Andy Hancock
      Pages 219-225
  6. Reforms

  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 311-311
    2. Wendy D. Bokhorst-Heng, Rita Elaine Silver
      Pages 313-320
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 321-326

About this book


This book explores Singapore’s language education system. Unlike previous volumes, which discuss the bilingual requirement for learning, it focuses on Singapore’s quadrilingual system, bringing together articles on each of the four languages – English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil – as well as articles that examine more than one language. It highlights past successes, current concerns, and future directions for language education. The book focuses on classroom pedagogy in all four official languages, showcasing how languages are taught and learned in Singapore as a basis for better understanding the system “from the inside out.” The authors present empirical, classroom-based studies on language pedagogy in all four languages, as well as updated information on the current socio-political context and how it has influenced attempts at pedagogical innovation. Consideration is given to the dialectical relationship between policy and practice.  The chapters also include discussions of pre-school-age learning, influences of language policy, home literacy practices, and commentaries by international language-in-education scholars. This approach also provides a basis for international comparison – especially for those who are interested in fostering English proficiency while maintaining one or more national languages. The volume is particularly important in light of the continuing international efforts to integrate English into national educational systems where it is not the dominant language.


English Proficiency English Proficiency pedagogy Quadrilingual Education Singapore language education language education pedagogy multilingua language literacy language pedagogy in Singapore multilingual education

Editors and affiliations

  • Rita Elaine Silver
    • 1
  • Wendy D. Bokhorst-Heng
    • 2
  1. 1.Nanyang Technological UniversityNational Institute of EducationSingapore
  2. 2.Crandall UniversityMonctonCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-287-965-3
  • Online ISBN 978-981-287-967-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-4874
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-4882
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