Bicultural Studies Programme
The Chinese Department is committed to delivering top-quality Chinese programmes that intrinsically motivate and inspire Dunmanians to use and enjoy the Chinese language. Our experienced team of teachers has designed a variety of programmes for the students to choose from according to their interests.
- GCE ‘O’ Level Higher Chinese/ Chinese (Compulsory for Year 1 to Year 4)
- Literature in Chinese (Humanities Elective for Year 3 and 4 students)
- Bicultural Studies Programme （Chinese） (For Year 3 and Year 4 BSP students)
- Bilingual Programme (Compulsory for Year 4 DHP students)
- Appreciation of Chinese Culture (Compulsory for Year 1 and 2 students)
- Chinese Language ‘B’
- H1 Chinese Language
- H1 General Studies in Chinese
- H2/H3 Chinese Language & Literature
- H2 China Studies in Chinese
- H2 Translation (Chinese)
MOE Special Programmes in DHS-BSP
1. Bicultural Studies Programme (MOE) (BSP)
The Bicultural Studies Programme (MOE) is a 4-year scholarship programme offered by MOE that spans from Year 3 (Sec 3) to Year 6 (JC 2). It is aimed to develop bicultural talents that can effectively interact with China as well as relate to the West.
Students who exhibit good character and strong academic performance can be offered the MOE BSP scholarship at the end of Year 2 to do the Bicultural Studies Programme (MOE). The scholarship opportunities are also extended to the Year 5 (JC 1) students.
BSP scholars will get to enjoy allowance, a waiver of the school fees, as well as funding for immersion programmes to China and western countries for up to 10-11 weeks. The immersion experience will enable students to understand more about the political and social makeup of the world superpowers, as well as their relations with Singapore and the rest of the world. During these trips, students will have the opportunities to attend lectures at the top-ranking universities, and interact with the students at the schools. The overseas immersion trips also include visits to government agencies and commercial enterprises. For the GCE ‘A’ level Examninations, BSP scholars will be required to offer H2 China Studies in Chinese as one of their subjects.
2. Chinese Language Elective Programme (CLEP)
The Chinese Language Elective Programme (CLEP) is an A-Level programme introduced by the Ministry of Education in 1990 to nurture the language talent of students who have an aptitude for the Chinese language so that they can attain a high level of proficiency and enhance their understanding and appreciation of Chinese literature. The programme also aims to develop academically able students to become effectively bilingual so as to better serve the needs of our nation. Dunman High School is one of the 5 CLEP centres in Singapore.
The CLEP provides a wide range of activities to enhance students’ learning and cultivate a deeper interest in Chinese language and culture, including literary lecture series, camp, creative writing for publication in literary magazines, immersion trip to China or Taiwan, internship at Singapore Press Holdings, Mediacorp or National University of Singapore, and school-based projects.
All students under this 2-year programme must offer H2 Chinese Language and Literature (H2CLL) as one of their A-Level subjects.
Outstanding Singapore Citizens selected for the CLEP will be eligible for the MOE CLEP Scholarship. Each scholarship is valued at $1000 per annum, includes waiver of school fees, full subsidy for the immersion trip to China or Taiwan and is tenable for 2 years subject to the scholar’s satisfactory progress and performance at the end of Year 5 (JC1). Scholarship recipients are not required to enter into a bond with the Singapore Government.
- ‘O’ 水准高级华文/华文(中一到中四所有学生必修)
- 华文文学 (中三、中四学生的人文选修科)
- 双文化课程 (中三、中四学生选修)
- 双语课程 (中四直通车课程必修)
- 中华文史华艺鉴赏课程 (中一、中二学生必修)
- 华文 ‘B’
- H2/H3 华文与文学
- H2 中国通识
- H2 翻译（华文）
教育部双文化课程 (Bicultural Studies Programme (MOE), 简称BSP (MOE) 旨在培育一批既了解中国、又能同西方沟通的双文化精英。该课程包括一份奖学金，从中三到高二，为期四年。
该计划下的学生除奖学金以外，亦被豁免学费。除此之外，他们在四年间将有机会到中国以及西方国家参与长达10-11周的浸濡体验，其费用将由教育部资助。本校采取的是渐进式的浸濡模式，让同学们深入探索并对比中国和西方国家的政治与社会体系，以及中国与新加坡及世界的外交关系。除在重点大学进行专题学习之外，也与当地学生进行交流，并参观当地企业及政府机构。按照教育部要求，双文化奖学金得主 (BSP Scholars) 在高中必须修读H2中国通识 (H2 China Studies in Chinese)。
华文语文特选课程 (语特) 是一门高中课程，旨在栽培精通双语的人才，并提高学生的华文水平和文学素养。本课程为期两年，提供学生机会参与多姿多彩的学习活动，例如文学讲座系列、语特营、海外浸濡计划 (北京/上海/台北)、出版文艺刊物、实习计划和校本专题研究等。参与语特课程的学生，在高中必须修读H2华文与文学 (H2 Chinese Language & Literature)。杰出的本地公民学生可参加面试，获颁华文语文特选课程奖学金。奖学金为期2年，学生每年可获1000新元，同时豁免学费。
Our Chinese teachers employ a plethora of pedagogies to improve students’ language abilities and cultural appreciation, nurturing them into passionate users of the language. Teachers differentiate their teaching methods based on students’ abilities and content.
Some of these methods include:
- Verbal methods, for example direct instruction by teachers, peer discussion, oral presentations, etc.
- Visual methods, for example demonstrations during lessons or fieldwork research, etc.
- Experiential methods to train skills and techniques, for example practice, experimenting, immersion, etc.
In terms of teaching methods, teachers often use Socratic Questioning and Socratic Seminars to cultivate students’ critical thinking, encouraging students to voice their own perspectives, views and suggestions.
Teachers use Richard Paul’s Wheel of Reasoning model to guide students in their logical thinking process. Through the eight elements of thoughts, students will be able to consider problems, issues and perspectives. Through classroom activities, students will practise making inferences, evaluating answers, recognising different perspectives and other logical deduction skills, all of which are essential to language learning.
Under the Chinese Department, students are assessed holistically through formative and summative assessments. The latter emphasizes knowledge acquisition and reproduction in a time-trial environment, and is more relevant to subjects like the literary component of H2 CLL or H2 CSC
Summative assessment is crucial in assessing students on their understanding and analysis of key concepts. Formative assessments, on the other hand, are more widely used in subjects like the Bilingual Programme, as well as the Appreciation of Chinese Culture. Through formative assessment, students are given customized guidance over a period of time to complete a task-based assignment, and are assessed for their performance during the process on top of the end product.
In addition, as part of their A level H2 CSC examination requirement, students are also required to submit a 4000-character Independent Research Essay that accounts for 30% of the results. This research essay covers contemporary aspects of China, namely politics, economy and societal issues. Students begin their preparation in the early stages of Year 5, and are closely monitored and guided by their CSC tutors until the submission of the essay in September the following year. This research essay reflects the combination of formative and summative assessment, and is an academic challenge to students offering the subject.