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Mother Tongue Languages


Our goal is to enable students to:

  • Converse and use Mother Tongue Languages fluently in their daily lives.
  • Love and enjoy learning their Mother Tongue Languages, be appreciative and proud of their cultures, heritages and traditions

The Mother Tongue Languages Department aims to build a strong foundation in our students in their mastering of Mother Tongue Languages and inculcates in them moral values, cultures, heritages and traditions through interactive teaching and carrying out enriching and enjoyable learning activities.

Programme Overview

  • Provide differentiated learning experiences for students of all levels
  • Employ a variety of teaching resources (e.g. newspapers, video clips and other ICT-enabled tools) to enhance teaching and learning of MTL
  • Develop oracy skills through discussion with peers and teachers

MTL Fortnight

To promote the use of and to kindle students’ interest in their learning of their Mother Tongue Languages (MTL), a series of activities related to Mother Tongue languages and their associated cultures are planned for our students of all levels during MTL Fortnight every year.

View the pictures and watch the video to take a glimpse of exciting activities done during MTL Fortnight: 

MTL Fornight 2017

MTL Fortnight 2016



Intergenerational Learning Programme

The department also works closely with the Council for Third Age and Family Central to involve students on the Intergenerational Learning Programme. The objectives for the programme are:
  • Promote intergenerational understanding between students and the elderly
  • Provide opportunity for students to interact and converse in their respective MTL
  • Facilitate and teach the elderly how to use IT tools
Through this programme, students learn important values and life lessons while the elderly gain new knowledge and skills.
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Intergenerational Learning Programme for Malay Language 2017

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Intergenerational Learning Programme for Chinese Language 2016

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Intergenerational Learning Programme for Malay Language 2016

Read more about the programme through the following links:

Cultural Appreciation

On 9 April 2017, about 100 students mainly from the Secondary Three cohort watched a highly acclaimed local Chinese musical Lao Jiu (老九). The musical, which was adapted from a play by the late theatre doyen Kuo Pao Kun, centred on a boy named ‘Lao Jiu’. Being ‘the ninth child’ and the only son in the family, he was torn between fulfilling the immense expectations of his family to take up a prestigious scholarship and chasing after his dream of becoming a master of a declining traditional art - puppetry. The heart-warming story was told through a flawless tapestry of song, dance and various forms of puppetry. Our girls were a great audience. They enjoyed themselves and some were even moved to tears as they witnessed the struggles of Lao Jiu unfolding! On this note, the school would like to thank the Committee to Promote Chinese Language Learning- Cultural Programme Exposure Scheme (CPCLL-CPES) and Tote Board (Arts Grant) for making this cultural appreciation experience possible for our students. 



Lower Secondary Chinese Language (CL) Narrative Writing Programme 2017

In our efforts to provide more support for Lower Secondary students to help them develop confidence in CL narrative writing, the Mother Tongue Languages Department initiated a collaboration with external facilitators. A total of 5 sessions were carried out with the Secondary Two students this term. The facilitators equipped students with the language and skills needed for character description (人物描写) in narrative writing. Students were exposed to a variety of language activities involving the creative use of their interest in horoscope, personality tests and songs. The lessons were customised to complement textbook teaching so that students would be able to see connections between the learning of character description in the textbook and real-life experiences. We hope that the CL narrative writing programme had deepened our Secondary Two students’ experience in narrative writing and empowered them to become more self-directed in their learning to better appreciate narrative writing. For Secondary One students, this programme will take place in Term 3. 


Annual National MTL Writing Competitions

15th National Secondary School Chinese Creative Writing Competition


STUDENT CLASS
KOO YI XUAN ISABEL (邱宇萱) 105
CHEN HONGJIE (陈泓劼) 204
CHERYL CHUA XIN MIAO (蔡欣妙) 205
SHAO JIAWEN (邵嘉雯) 405
CICILIA WANG (王千禧) 406
ZHU MANQING (朱曼晴) 406

2017 13th National On-the-spot Chinese Story-Writing Competition


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STUDENT CLASS
WU YAO ZHENG (吴垚铮)
104
KOH ZI YU NARA (郭姿妤)
206

2016 12th National On-the-spot Chinese Story-Writing Competition


STUDENT CLASS
CHERYL CHUA XIN MIAO 105
LIU SHU TONG
(WON ACHIEVEMENT AWARD “佳作奖”)
203

2017 Pena Emasku, ML National Essay Writing Competition


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Deanna Elia Mason (Class 204)
Top 20 Nationally (obtained 17th place)

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