Programmes & Courses

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Essentials of Teaching and Learning (for the National Arts Council)


Registration is now open and will close on 30 April 2020.

Please download the application form and submit it via soft copy to:


For enquiries on eligibility for NAC subsidy, please contact:

Arts Education Team


For enquiries on course administration and schedule, please contact:

NIE International

Essentials of Teaching and Learning

This basic course will provide participants with an introduction to the key ideas in teaching and learning:

  • What is learning? How does it take place? How do we learn a concept? How do we acquire a skill?
  • What are the goals of teaching?
  • What constitutes effective teaching?
  • Who is an effective teacher or trainer?
  • Who is the learner?

The course covers four broad areas:

Psychology of learning: Some basic principles

This part provides the theoretical foundation for teaching and learning: understanding the learner, their development and the psychology of learning. The key areas include understanding different aspects of student development and how these influence the teaching and learning processes, psychosocial development, stages of moral development and the self-concept, and theories of intellectual development.   Also covered is the application of psychological principles and learning theories to classroom learning; understanding how students learn and how some students fail to learn; proactive approaches to motivate and enhance learning, develop creative and critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

The process of teaching: What contributes to effective teaching and learning?

This part of the course deals with the process of effective teaching and learning; the planning and implementation aspects of instruction; various instructional and learning strategies for implementation in the classroom; ways of active involvement of students in the learning process; teaching of thinking strategies as an integral part of the process of instruction. It includes some practical principles in lesson presentations, such as effective communication for teaching and learning, such as Listening & Responding; Explaining & Questioning; Instructing & Persuading, use of voice, diction and public speaking skills.

Anatomy of a Lesson: Lesson planning and components of a lesson plan

This component covers lesson planning, that is, the elements of a basic lesson plan. Successful lessons do not just happen. Effective teachers will testify that how a lesson will develop and end is dependent on the thinking and planning behind designing the lesson structure. Although effective teachers do not begin a lesson without careful planning, they are also flexible and, in certain circumstances, revise what is being planned to help students achieve intended outcomes. This is possible because they know the subject matter, have a bank of instructional methods and draw on a storehouse of activities.

Assessment and Evaluation

Assessment and Evaluation are used by the teachers or trainers to better understand students – to discover their abilities and interests, and what motivates. Assessment usually means collecting a full range of information about students. It is gathered to make judgments about student progress and your methods of instruction. Evaluation is the process of making judgments or decisions about achievement of learning objectives or the value or merit of a particular program, activity or approach.   In this final component we examine the principles and techniques of assessment and evaluation.


Course Objectives

  • Describe the key ideas of effective teaching and learning
  • Describe the competencies of an effective teacher
  • Understand the processes of effective lesson planning and development of teaching materials
  • Develop engaging lessons and learning tasks


Period of Each Course

Duration (Part-Time)
Coursework requirement 40 hours


Course Schedule & Venue

All the courses will be held at the following venue:

Venue: NTU @ One North Executive Centre, 11 Slim Barracks Rise (off North Buona Vista Road)

There are two class formats: A one-week schedule and a twice-weekly schedule.

For the one-week schedule
Time: 9am to 6pm daily

For the twice-weekly schedule
Time: 6:30pm to 9:30pm (3 hrs) for dates marked with an (*);
          6:30pm to 10pm (3.5 hrs) on all other dates

Please click here to view the schedule for 2020.


NOTE: The course is designed to be delivered as face-to-face training. However, if current advisories and precautionary measures on social distancing remain or if they are tightened in June/July 2020, the course will be conducted digitally. Participants will be informed accordingly nearer to the course start dates.



Participants must maintain at least 80% attendance for the programme. (Approved absences are also included when computing the percentage for absences.) Participants who satisfy these requirements will be presented a Certificate of Participation.

Kindly note that the programme does not carry accreditation value and under no circumstances would the Certificate be used as an academic pathway for consideration of entry into the Specialist Diploma in Arts Education programme.



Please follow the instructions on the right to register for the course.
Participants will receive email confirmation of the registration. Where the number of registered participants exceeds the number of places available, you will be placed on a reserve list. In the event that enrolment falls short of the required number of participants for each class, the course may be cancelled and participants will be enrolled in the next scheduled course. In the event of high application numbers, priority will be allocated to instructors approved to teach NAC-AEP programmes. 

Course Fees

Individual Course fee is S$984.40 (including 7% GST). Instructors/artists who are registered to deliver Experience Workshop programmes under the NAC-Arts Education Programme (NAC-AEP) and NAC Endorsed School Programmes will be offered a 50% subsidy from NAC, subject to individual review by NAC. Cost after subsidy for eligible applicants will be $492.20.

NAC has also introduced relief measures under the Arts & Culture Resilience Package in response to the COVID-19 situation. Arts practitioners can apply for course fee subsidy and training allowance for this course under the Capability Development Scheme for the Arts. For more information, please refer to NAC website here.


Mode of Payment

Singaporeans aged 25 and above can utilise their SkillsFuture credits to defray course fees. Please await confirmation from administrator before arranging for payment of course fees via SkillsFuture or cheque. Thereafter, payment of balance after using SkillsFuture credits (if any) is to be made by crossed cheque, made payable to 'NIE International Pte Ltd'. Payments have to be made at least 2 weeks before the commencement of the course.



Under no circumstances shall NAC and NIEI be liable to any applicant/participant for any direct, indirect or consequential economic loss, arising out of or in connection with the Grant and/or the course.



Core Module