(Philstar.com) – July 23, 2021 – 10:11 a.m.
MANILA, Philippines – The COVID-19 pandemic has sent the global economy into a downward spiral, making the labor market increasingly competitive. To stay on top, you must continually expand your skills and broaden your experience.
For Eulalia Curaming, who knew she wanted to pursue a master’s degree even before she graduated from a teacher training institution in the Philippines with her bachelor’s degree, it was instinctive.
âAt first I understood that the more I learn, the more I feel how little I know,â she said.
Having moved from country to country due to her husband’s work, she also realized the limits of her local educational qualifications in terms of global competitiveness. Therefore, she decided to pursue the Master of Arts program in Applied Linguistics at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NIE NTU, Singapore).
âNIE was my first choice because I saw it as part of a reputable institution that has a long tradition of excellence and academic competence. NIE offers the Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics program, which was perfectly aligned with my intention to better understand language issues, âshe explained.
One of his most memorable experiences at the NIE was having had stimulating sessions with leading academics, such as Dr Phillip Towndrow and Dr Christine Goh, who pushed the limits of his intellectual capacities.
âOur lively discussions and academic debates have been a seabed of critical explorations,â she added.
In addition to the faculty members, Curaming found NIE to have a warm and inspiring learning environment which made her feel right at home.
âEveryone I met at NIE was open-minded, with an admirable level of respect towards people of diverse backgrounds,â she said.
âNIE fosters an atmosphere of excellence,â she added. Even though expectations were high and everyone arrived in class fully prepared for critical and analytical discourse, a support system was in place, especially with dedicated teachers who were passionate about their field.
By taking the masters program, Curaming also realized how big and wide its opportunities have become.
After obtaining the position of Learning Assistant at International School Brunei (ISB) after graduation, she rose through the ranks to become a Specialized English as an Additional Language (ALA) teacher and staff trainer. .
âNIE instilled in me the importance of being theory-based, pedagogically competent, open-minded and research-oriented. Thanks to the many rigorous courses, I learned the intricacies of language acquisition, language teaching, assessments and multimodal literacies that serve as the basis for my field of work as a specialist teacher of ‘ALA at ISB,’ she said.
An internationally recognized graduate degree from NIE is not only proof that your skills and abilities have been tested in a rigorous curriculum, but it also opens new doors for your career progression on a global scale, as it has been. the case for Curaming.
âJoining the NIE taught me to think outside the box. It opened up great opportunities to me and broadened my view of the world, âshe shared.
Designed primarily for professionals in the teaching of English, the Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics program offers a broad curriculum in the field of Applied Linguistics, encompassing elements of language teaching and study. linguistic, while balancing theoretical knowledge and practical applications.
The Singapore National Institute of Education is an autonomous institute under the Nanyang Technological University.
It has been consistently ranked among the top 20 educational institutions in the world and the top three in Asia by the Quacquarelli Symonds ranking.
For more information on the range of graduate programs offered by NIE, please visit www.nie.edu.sg/ge.