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Mother Tongue


Vision: Nurture our pupils to be confident users of MTL & be culturally savvy.

Mission:

  • To provide a conducive environment for pupils to learn and use the language actively & confidently.
  • To inculcate the values in our pupils and nurture them to be gracious citizens.

Department Focus

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Chinese Department



Chinese Language Curriculum

Making Chinese Language 

a Living Language


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No two students are alike. Today, as more Chinese students entering Primary 1 speak predominantly English at home, the Chinese Language curriculum must adapt itself to offer greater flexibility in its teaching and learning. Those who exhibit mastery can advance and those who need reinforcement can move forward when they are ready.


The CL curriculum makes CL learning an enjoyable experience and encourages children to learn the language to the highest level. The school hopes to help your child develop an abiding interest in learning CL, so that he or she will continue to use it as a living language after they leave school.


Teaching Approach

The Chinese Department works towards making Chinese Language learning enjoyable through adopting the inquiry-based approach:


Pupils are encouraged to explore, ask questions, and share ideas which will foster their curiosity and ownership in learning. Pupils will also develop the critical thinking and communication skills through this form of active learning. Ultimately, we want our pupils to develop the love for exploration and learning.


Pupils will benefit from the teaching approach based on these guiding principles:

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Chinese Language Programmes

1. Structured Reading Programme (SRP)
This is a P1-P5 school-based curriculum aimed at promoting a reading culture among the pupils. Under this programme, P1-5 pupils will read about a total of 50-60 age-appropriate Readers throughout their years in the school. To promote the love for reading among our young learners at P1 & P2, curriculum time is set aside for CL teachers to guide pupils in the reading and appreciation of stories during their reading period every week. After reading, pupils will be engaged with activities such as bookmark designing, reading aloud and role playing to deepen their learning. We want our pupils to enjoy reading form young.

2. Cultural Performance Exposure Scheme (CPES)
As one of the initiatives by the Committee to promote Chinese Language Learning (CPCLL), the Cultural Performance Exposure Scheme (CPES) aims to expose pupils to Chinese Language related cultural performance to enhance their learning. Since 2006, our P2-P4 pupils have the opportunity to watch and appreciate drama performances in the theatres. The following are some of the performances that our pupils had watched over the years: The Three Billy Goat Gruff (三只山羊), Journey to the West (西游记之火焰山), Al (爱丽丝梦游仙境), Ugly Ducking(丑小鸭).

3. MTL Fortnight Learning Fest (CL)
To create a conducive environment to promote MTL usage and learning outside MTL classrooms, our school organizes Mother Tongue Language Fortnights and language & cultural camps annually. The MTL Fortnight activities provide platforms for students to actively learn MTL and the associated culture so as to experience MTL as ‘living languages’.

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4. Cultural Enrichment Programme 
Under our Cultural Enrichment Programme, pupils have the opportunity to experience the different types of cultural workshops within their six years of education in school. The cultural workshops include: Chinese Painting, Chinese Martials, Paper Cutting, Making of Chinese Fan, Bamboo Book Making etc. 

5. Language Day Camp 
Every September, our P4 pupils will be attending the annual language day camp. A variety of language and cultural activities will be organized to provide them the opportunity to learn through play and build up their confidence in mastering the Chinese Language.

6. CL Games Day
During MTL Fortnight, all P1-P6 pupils will have the chance to learn the language and work with their peers as they challenge themselves to complete the I-pad learning trail. Language quizzes and games are set at the various learning stations to make learning fun and meaningful. 

7. READable Programme 
With the realisation that word recognition and retention form an integral part of the learning of Chinese Language, we run a support programme for selected P2 pupils who require more support. Suitable teaching strategies will be adopted and pupils will be revising the Chinese Characters learnt through games and pictorial flash cards etc. 

8. Writing Workshop for Beginning Writers
Writing has always been challenging for our young writers. This in-house workshop provides the extra guidance in developing the essential writing skills in our P3 pupils. 

9. Oracy Enrichment Programme (P5)
Effective communication is an important 21st century skill. During the short term course, P5 pupils are engaged in activities that aim to build up their language skills to enable them to communicate clearly, expressively and effectively. At the end of the course, the pupils will showcase their learning through news presentation or debates.

10. Festival Celebrations
To nurture our pupils to be culturally savvy, the department will celebrate the various festivals (CNY, Hari Raya Puasa, Deepavali) every year. The Chinese department celebrates traditional festivals such as Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn Festival. Through the celebrations, pupils will understand more about the festivals and learn to be appreciative towards other cultures which will bring about racial integration.


Malay Department

Malay Language Curriculum 

The Malay language curriculum aims to develop pupils as proficient Malay language users who can communicate in a confident and effective way. The curriculum will place greater emphasis on spoken and written interaction skills as well as focus on authentic activities to better develop the pupils’ communication skills. It will also continue to expose pupils to culture and values through various activities.

There will be a greater use of information and communication technology (ICT) to enhance the teaching and learning of ML. ICT resources such as videos, animations and digital interactive games will be utilised to engage the pupils to learn ML in a fun and purposeful way.

Overview Diagram of Focus Area (Language Skills)

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Malay Language Programmes

A variety of holistic programmes were planned to engage pupils in active learning through interaction, investigation, explanation and games. These programmes are essential towards achieving the vision of making every child an effective and confident user of Malay language who appreciates Malay culture.

1. Writing Programme
All Primary 3 to Primary 5 pupils will be involved in structured writing lessons to enhance their writing skills and making them into creative writers. The lessons are exclusive to each level and is progressive in nature. 

2. Oral Literacy Programme
All pupils will be involved in structured oral lessons focusing on conversational skills. This is in line with the curriculum’s aim of developing pupils as proficient Malay language users who can communicate in a confident and effective way. 

3. Basic Literacy Programme
This programme aims to provide support to selected Primary 1 and Primary 2 pupils identified through the Malay language literacy and competency test. Pupils in this programme will undergo various activities that will enhance their literacy skills so as to improve the overall learning of the Malay language.

4. Culture Appreciation Workshops
All Primary 2 to Primary 5 pupils will learn 1 aspect of the Malay culture by participating in a cultural enrichment workshop. This activity aims to extend and enrich the pupils' educational experience through cultural immersion. Pupils go through the following cultural workshops according to their levels:
Primary 2 - Kompang
Primary 3 - Silat 
Primary 4 - Cultural Camp (to learn 2 aspects of culture; crafts and performing arts)
Primary 5 - Gamelan

5. Speech and Drama Workshop
All Primary 1 pupils will participate in a Speech & Drama workshop which will culminate in a performance showcase for parents during the MTL Fortnight period. This activity aims to build pupils' confidence in using the Malay language.

6. MTL Fortnight Learning Fest (ML) 
All Primary 1 to Primary 6 pupils will be involved in various cultural and language activities during the MTL Fortnight period in Term 3. These activities will consist of singing, storytelling and talent showcase competitions as well as playing of traditional games. All the activities aim to instil a love of learning the Malay language in the pupils and to enhance their language competency in addition to promoting the appreciation of their culture.


Tamil Department

Tamil Language Curriculum

The Tamil language department aims to instil love, passion and confidence among Tamil pupils in using the Tamil Language. The department also focuses on spoken and written interaction skills among the pupils through various activities and pedagogies. It will continue to enthuse the pupils through various cultural exposure as well.

ICT infusion will further enhance teaching and learning. The use of SLS, IMTL and other various platforms will help engage pupils and develop student-centred learning. Touch-typing in Tamil is an essential skill for the pupils in the use of ICT in Tamil. The department also focuses to develop this skill among the pupils.

Tamil Language Programmes

Learning through fun is essential to sustain love, passion and confidence for Tamil. The department also places great emphasis on exposing pupils to various activities, games and competitions throughout the year. 

1. Pongal Competitions 
All pupils from Primary 1 to Primary 6 will participate in Pongal Competition in Term 1. This competition helps to enhance pupils’ understanding on Pongal and its significance. Pupils will learn the cultural aspects of Pongal during this competition. 

2. Language Competitions
All Primary 1 to Primary 6 pupils will participate in language competitions in April which is in conjunction with the Tamil Language month. Every level will prepare to showcase their talent for the various competitions. This aims to develop pupils’ proficiency in the Tamil Language. 

3. MTL Fortnight – Cultural Enrichment
MTL fortnight is a key annual event. All Primary 1 to Primary 6 pupils will be involved in various cultural and language activities during the MTL Fortnight period in Term 3. These activities will consist of various cultural and language activities where pupils are provided with an engaging environment to learn and appreciate Tamil.  

4. P1 & P2 Drama Appreciation
All Primary 1 and Primary 2 pupils will participate in a Speech & Drama workshop where pupils will learn to use Tamil language confidently and effectively. 

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Past Chinese Department E-Newsletter


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Click here to view the Chinese Department's Newsletter and find out more about the key programmes conducted in Semester 2 2018.

Click here to view the Chinese Department's Newsletter and find out more about the key programmes conducted in Term 1 2018.



Past Malay Department E-Newsletter


Click here to view the Malay Department's Newsletter and find out more about the key programmes conducted in Semester 2 2018.



Past Tamil Department E-Newsletter


Click here to view the Tamil Department's Newsletter and find out more about the key programmes conducted in Term 2 2019.