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This issue of CDTL Brief is the second of a two-part Brief that features the teaching practices of the 2005/2006 Annual Teaching Excellence Award (ATEA) winners.

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September 2007, Vol. 10 No. 4 Print Ready ArticlePrint-Ready
Teaching the Weightier Matters of the Law
Dr Tan Seow Hon
Faculty of Law
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. Continue reading


Plus est en vous
Dr Madalena Cruz-Ferreira
Department of English Language and Literature
I did not know I had a teaching philosophy until one student took the trouble to spell it out for me. This happened in my very fi rst year as a university lecturer, when I was a freshly-baked linguist aged 21 and just beginning to fathom the immense consequences that the 6-month-old political revolution in my country was carrying. Continue reading


Joining the Dots
Associate Professor Jeff Obbard
Division of Environmental Science & Engineering
Being recognised for my teaching at NUS in the form of the Annual Teaching Excellence Award was exciting news for me. However, my sense of pride was soon replaced by a mood of reflection as I looked back to 25 years ago when I first became a university undergraduate. Continue reading

Teaching: A Learning Process for Both the Teacher and Student Alike
Associate Professor Daniel Goh YT
Department of Paediatrics
I have been blessed with the special opportunity to shape the knowledge and minds of aspiring doctors. Teaching, to me, involves imparting knowledge to students and developing their skills through a process of training, education as well as learning by example. Continue reading

My Contributions to the International Mission for Pharmacy Education
Dr Chui Wai Keung
Deputy Head
Department of Pharmacy
Within the healthcare team, the pharmacist is a professional charged with the responsibility of ensuring the safe and appropriate use of medicines so as to achieve the desired health outcomes for patients. Continue reading

The First Few Moments
Associate Professor Too Heng-Phon
Department of Biochemistry
It is often said that the first impression is the most important in forming an opinion of a person. In some ways, this is similar to how the early moments of a lecture can mould students' interest and dictate its overall success. Continue reading