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Diploma in

Tamil Studies with Early Education



Year 1

  • Academic Writing & Presentation

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module focuses on critical thinking and academic writing as well as presentation and listening skills. The module aims to equip students with the skills for academic writing and presentation. Finding and evaluating academic sources, reading, note-taking, essay planning and writing, and presentation skills will be developed in this module.

  • Career & Professional Preparation 1

    (1 Credit Unit)

    This module gives students a foundational introduction to their three-year diploma course curriculum and how it prepares them for industry. It will help them to embark on their course with the end in mind, through guided reflection of their personal characteristics and producing an overall game plan for their future education and career goals. The module aims to deepen students’ commitment to the sector that the course prepares them for.

  • Child Development 1

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module introduces students to research on brain developments and its implications on children’s growth and learning. Early Years developmental milestones will be discussed with significant emphasis on birth to three years of age. Students will develop an understanding of the philosophy of infant and toddler care and development, and the Early Years Development Framework (EYDF). Theories of child development, with emphasis on Attachment theory, characteristic behaviours, and their implications on play and care-giving practices for families and in the infant care context will be covered. Students will also learn appropriate behaviour guidance and interaction strategies for this age group of children that are guided by observations and documentations.

  • Communication in Tamil 1

    (4 Credit Units)

    The module develops the core skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in Tamil. Students will also learn the technicalities of Tamil language like Tamil word classification and formation of words, grammar, syntax, phonology and semantic, enabling them to be an effective user of the Tamil language.

  • Introduction to Tamil Culture & Society

    (3 Credit Units)

    This module introduces Tamil heritage and culture, particularly the practices that influences the Tamilians’ way of life in Tamil Nadu, other parts of India and outside of India. Students will also learn about the changes and development of Tamil culture and language over time. Students will be given opportunities to explore ways to promote and preserve Tamil culture and heritage, in the current local context.

  • Introduction to Tamil Language

    (3 Credit Units)

    This module introduces the development of the Tamil language, setting the foundation for future learning. Students will learn about the origin, history of Tamil language (etymology, Old Tamil, Middle Tamil & Modern Tamil), geographical distribution, spoken and literary variants, writing system, phonology, grammar and vocabulary. They will also learn about the influence Tamil had on other languages.

  • Motor Skills Development

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module equips students with the knowledge and skills to help young children develop perceptual, fine motor and fundamental movement skills consisting of locomotor, non-locomotor and object control skills in a safe environment. Students will learn to observe, plan, implement and facilitate fun, meaningful and age appropriate indoor and outdoor play activities and fundamental movement experiences using an integrated approach to learning.

  • Child Development 2

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module introduces the major theories in child development and their implications on practices in child-rearing and early care and education. The joint contributions of biology and environment to the various aspects of child development will be explored. Students will deepen their understanding of the holistic development of children through observation, recording and analysis of children’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional growth and development. This understanding will help students link theory to practice and guide the planning of learning experiences and techniques for behaviour guidance. The six learning domains of the Nurturing Early Learners Framework will also be discussed.

  • Communication in Tamil 2

    (4 Credit Units)

    The module introduces students to basic translation skills from English to Tamil and vice versa. Students will build on their core skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in Tamil from the use of technology. These skills will allow students to become effective users of the language in both digital and non-digital platforms.

  • IT Applications

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module develops the e-competencies by equipping students with the essential computing concepts and necessary skills to use computer applications for information research, organisation, collaboration and presentation.

  • Principles & Practices in Early Education

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module provides students with an overview of the historical development of early childhood care and education (ECCE), pedagogical principles and contemporary perspectives. Students will also gain an understanding of the different models of practices internationally including the Rights of the Child (UN-CRC) and how they relate to Singapore. ECCE development in the Singapore landscape; policies (of MSF, MOE and ECDA); curriculum frameworks like the Early Years Development Framework and the Nurturing Early Learners: A Curriculum Framework for Kindergartens in Singapore (NEL Framework), as well as SPARK certification that guide provisions of quality care and education and key stage outcomes will also be included. Play that is central to trends and research in ECCE will be explored in the context of how developmentally, culturally and individually appropriate it is as a mode for learning in young children from infancy to the preschool years.

  • Professional Communication 1

    (3 Credit Units)

    This module prepares students to communicate effectively in business settings. Students will learn both oral and written communication skills that demonstrate concepts of business communication principles, interpersonal skills and intercultural skills. Topics such as proposal and report writing, elevator pitch and professional presentation will be covered.

  • Tamil History

    (3 Credit Units)

    The module gives an introduction to Tamil history. Students will learn about the various historical periods: Pre- historic period, Sangam period, Pallava and Pandaya period, Chola period and post-independence period. This would give students a sound understanding of the history of Tamil, probing them to reflect critically on the Tamil culture and practices.

  • Tamil Literature

    (3 Credit Units)

    The module introduces the Tamil literature from the Sangam period to the Modern era. Students will explore the relationship between Tamil history and its literature. Students will examine the different Tamil epics (e.g. Thirukkural and Aathichudi), local Tamil novels and short stories. Students will be introduced to the elements of Tamil literature, enabling them to reflect and analyze the different literature materials.

Year 2

  • Child Safety, Health & Socio-emotional Well-Being

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module introduces policies and practices for establishing and maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment for educators and children in early childhood settings as they relate to the socio-emotional well-being of children. Students will understand the importance of nutritional adequacy and balanced meals for children’s optimal growth. They will learn to identify early childhood illnesses and symptoms, engage in hygienic practices, and observe for signs of child abuse and address them professionally. Clinical practice will be included for students to learn how to manage the day-to-day care routines and transitions for children from infancy to the preschool years.

  • Discovery of the World

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module provides an overview of how young children make sense of the world they live in and how they acquire knowledge and concepts. The scope of Science, environment awareness, technology in everyday life and learning, the Social Sciences, and culture and heritage, will also be covered. Students will learn to use the Constructivist approach to teaching, engage in field exploration and set up discovery corners. Teaching techniques that support enquiry and independent learning in children will be covered. In addition, developmentally and culturally appropriate learning goals and experiences for children from birth to six years of age will be addressed.

  • Early Numeracy

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module examines the theoretical framework which underpins young children’s learning of mathematics. Students will be introduced to the principles, knowledge and skills required to plan, implement and evaluate learning experiences that lay the foundations for children to become problem solvers and abstract thinkers. Students will learn to choose developmentally appropriate materials and resources, set up a mathematically rich environment, use teaching techniques to nurture children’s mathematical thinking and assess their learning. The use of technology and integration of numeracy in the other learning domains will also be emphasised.

  • Introduction to Tamil Film & Performing Arts

    (3 Credit Units)

    This module introduces students to both classical and contemporary films and performing arts forms. Students will understand how Tamil film and performing arts have evolved over time and will be encouraged to critically reflect how these platforms can be used to promote the Tamil identity and support the learning and acquisition of Tamil language.

  • Social Emotional Learning

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module equips students with the theoretical knowledge and pedagogical skills to nurture social-emotional competencies and positive values necessary for character formation in young children. It also addresses the role of teachers in modelling good character traits, in helping children develop self-awareness and self-management skills for their emotional well-being as well as social competence to build strong interpersonal relationships. Students will also take reference from the six learning dispositions (PRAISE) and use children’s picture books to promote positive values, pro-social behaviour, and understanding of self and others; and integrate social emotional learning across the curriculum.

  • The Tamil Diaspora

    (3 Credit Units)

    This module explores the spread of Tamilians from their original homelands in India during the European, post- colonial and current periods to other regions. Students will learn about the historical, geographical, economic and social factors related to the causes, conditions and outcomes of the migration from India. Students will focus on the social organisation and cultural dynamics of the Tamil diasporic community in Singapore and worldwide.

  • Aesthetics & Creative Expression

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module introduces students to an array of visual and performing arts and exposures for the appreciation of creative art forms. In addition, students will be introduced to progressive theories on Arts education to build firm foundations on the key roles the Arts play within early years settings. Theories related to aesthetics and creativity will also be introduced. Students will learn multiple approaches to engage young children in creative-arts expressions that are aesthetically rich and imaginative. Through both theory and experiential sessions, students will encounter the Arts first-hand and will design Arts experiences that are developmentally appropriate, meaningful and informed by practice.

  • Introduction to Tamil Children’s Literature

    (4 Credit Units)

    The module equips students with the skills and knowledge to appreciate and analyse Tamil children’s literature of different genres such as poems, fairy tales, and fables. Students will explore literature from Tamil Nadu, Singapore and Malaysia. Students will also to learn how to write stories, poems and fairy tales for children in Tamil.

  • Language & Literacy

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module introduces students to the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of language and literacy development from birth to six years of age including trends and issues within a multicultural and multilingual society. Students will learn to design, organise and evaluate a literacy-rich environment that helps facilitate language and literacy development, and identify suitable prints and other media for reading activities to develop in young children an appreciation for a variety of children’s literature. Students will also plan experiences for diverse learners, facilitate learning using appropriate techniques, assess children’s progress and work with families to enhance children’s language and literacy development.

  • Professional Communication 2

    (2 Credit Units)

    This module prepares students to write effective cover letters and resumes. Preparation and enhancement of portfolio to meet professional standard as well as development of presentation skills, and improvement of job- seeking techniques will also be covered in the module.

  • Tamil Arts & the Contemporary Society

    (3 Credit Units)

    The module provides students with an insight into how Tamil arts has evolved over time to find a place in our contemporary society. Students will be engaging in themes like interculturalism, globalisation, migration, mass media, multilingualism and accelerated technological change to understand the Tamil arts scene in Singapore. Students will also be encouraged to observe the changing arts scene in Tamil Nadu and Malaysia.

  • The Professional & Reflective Practitioner

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module explores the various roles of an early childhood educator in working with children, families, other professionals and agencies in the community. A range of professional issues will be examined, including stages of professional development, practitioner competencies, continuing education, advocacy and personal growth plans which are aligned with the current early childhood landscape in Singapore. Students will learn communication and reflective skills and how to manage ethical issues in relation to working with children, colleagues and families taking reference from the Code of Ethics for Early Childhood Professionals by AECES. Students will also be equipped to understand self and reflect on personal preferences and style; develop interpersonal skills and enhance personal effectiveness through self-mentoring.

Year 3

  • Communication in Tamil 3

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module introduces students to the techniques of writing short stories, poems, prose and songs for children. They would have opportunities to pen and create their own literature material suitable for the Singapore society. This module will allow students develop the mastery of their Tamil language skills, enabling students to use it effectively to capture and promote the Tamil culture, heritage and language in Singapore.

  • Family & Community Partnership

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module equips students with the knowledge of family structure and dynamics in Singapore. Skills in communicating with families, with the understanding of interdependence between early years’ educational setting and families, will be addressed. Models of family involvement will be explored, with a focus on interacting respectfully with diverse family groups and tapping on community resources for the education children.

  • Folklore & the Arts

    (3 Credit Units)

    This module gives students an in-depth perspective of folklore and the traditional arts (e.g. karakattam, nadaswaram and mayillatam) in Tamil Nadu. Students will be introduced to the various folklore and study the development of these art forms in Tamil Nadu. Students will also study the relationship between these folklores and the arts with heritage and cultural practices of Tamilians. Students will also be introduced to the contemporary cultural phenomenon of folklore and the arts in Southeast Asia.

  • Professional Communication 3

    (2 Credit Units)

    The module equips students with the knowledge and skills in professional etiquette in a variety of workplace settings. Personal branding and the use of social media (LinkedIn) and the Internet in job-seeking will also be covered in the module. Students will also learn to curate and develop a digital portfolio that highlights their accomplishments, past works, projects and skills.​

  • Teaching Tamil Literacy to Diverse Learners

    (4 Credit Units)

    The module prepares students for the detailed attention that needs to be given to learning the Tamil Language from a young age. It will provide the stepping-stone to apply effective instructional methods that are also developmentally appropriate for the teaching of reading, writing and speaking Tamil. Differentiated strategies will be introduced for acquiring vocabulary, comprehension and writing. Students will learn to plan and deliver creatively and use multiple forms of assessment of children based on the diverse needs of the learners they are working with.

  • Working with the Exceptional Child

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module introduces students to various exceptional needs in young children including physical, cognitive, behavioural, emotional and sensory characteristics that make them different. Trends and issues in relation to inclusive practices and policies will be covered. Students will learn about their roles in an inclusive learning environment, design of individualised learning plans and communication with families. Students will also explore community resources and professionals that provide support for children with additional needs.

  • 3-Month Internship

    (12 Credit Units)

    The Internship Programme with professional practitioners acting as mentors enables students to acquire the work experience needed for their chosen areas of interest. The organisations involved are selected for their capacity to expose students to different aspects of work in the early childhood industry. The students’ learning outcomes are assessed by their respective internship mentors and NIEC supervisors. Students can also work closely with staff in the early childhood centres on projects that will benefit children, families and the community.

  • Curriculum Planning & Implementation

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module provides students with the knowledge and skills for planning, implementing and evaluating developmentally appropriate curriculum for children from birth to three, and from three plus to six years of age.

    Students will take reference from the Early Years Development Framework and the NEL Framework to explore the scope and process of integrating learning areas and learning dispositions. Philosophies and beliefs, theoretical underpinnings of how children learn and develop that are fundamental to the meaning of curriculum will be discussed. The supporting environment, types of learning activities, role of the educator and different facilitation techniques will also be thoughtfully considered.

  • Effective Learning Environment for Young Children

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module equips students with the principles to design conducive learning environments to support play and learning for children from birth to six years of age, noting that the conditions in the environment also affect their behaviour. Students will also learn to set up appropriate learning areas to enhance the physical, cognitive and social and emotional development of children. The selection of print and non-print materials, use of technology and the role of the educator will also be covered.

Diploma in Tamil Studies with Early Education (N95)