Mother Tongue Language(MTL)
Confident and Effective Communicators,
Culturally-savvy and Self-directed Learners.
MTL students are developed in 3 critical areas:
- Communication skills with knowledge of MTL, possessing the attitude and habit in using MTL in their daily communications;
- Culturally-savvy with deepened understanding and appreciation of one’s own Mother Tongue culture and with Cross-cultural awareness;
- Connections with others by developing students to be self-directed thinkers and learners, equipped with Social Emotional Competencies, ICT skills in MTL learning and with global awareness.
To bring about the Joy of Learning MTL and a need to keep MTL as a living language, we strive to continuously enhance our teaching to engage our students in learning. The key areas include enhancement of our in-class teaching and learning in alignment to the 2015 syllabus; programmes organised for greater exposure of our students to the language skills and developing self-directed learning; providing various platforms for display of students’ talents; festival celebrations and MT fortnight serve to heighten our students’ cultural understanding and appreciation.
To instil a love of learning MT languages in the students, to promote the appreciation of their culture and to enhance their language skills, MTL teachers organise two weeks of fun-filled cultural and language activities for the students every year.
Classroom activities such as Spelling Bee Competition, Inter-class singing competitions, song lyric-writing competitions, games on idioms, the learning and writing of poems and penmanship competitions were carried out across the 3 MTL.
Cultural activities include hands-on experience in making traditional crafts, playing of traditional games, learning about customs and practices of own culture as well as that of other cultures. All P4 students are further immersed in their own culture and they also learn more about other cultures during the P4 cultural camp.
Drama classes are organised for all P2 students with the objectives of developing students’ communication skills through the use of their voice and body language as well as building confidence and effectiveness in communication using MTL in the dramatisation. Students learn MTL through fun.
Reading is one of the ways to enhance the learning of MTL. It sparks students’ interest in MTL which leads to greater improvement in their use of MTL in communicating with others and appreciation of MTL. Reading of various reading materials such as newspapers, magazines, story books of various genres, meaningful songs and poems are ways to engage our students.
Each of the MTL has their own unique reading programme. For example, the ML students are exposed in ML through the ‘Marilah Bersastera’ Extensive Reading Programme. MTL Students are exposed to many different kinds of reading materials in order to enhance their mastery of their languages. Accompanying learning materials are also developed to enrich their learning. Students get to do reviews and learn about characterisation and plot.
Mother Tongue Language’s activities
Thematic Cultural Sharing on Chinese New Year
ML, TL & EL sharing on Chinese New Year’s customs and practices
P1 sharing on 12 Chinese Zodiacs
P2 sharing on the story of ‘Nian
P3 sharing on the origins of Lion Dance
P4 sharing on meaning of Chinese New Year’s Food
P5 sharing on Chinese couplets ad well wishes P6 sharing on Chinese New Year’s taboos and traditional practices
Chinese New Year Concert
Edumall – Yu Wen Le Fan Tian
Primary 2 : Speech & Drama
Primary 5 : Journalism Workshop
Pongal & Thaipusam Celebrations
Tamil New Year Celebration
MTL FORTNIGHT ACTIVITIES
Kolam Designing using coloured rice (Primary 1)
Thoranam Making (Primary 2)
Flower Tying (Primary 3)
Kolam Making using beads and sequins (Primary 4)
Henna Painting (Primary 5)
Traditional Games (Primary 6)
Show and Tell (Objects)
P4 Mother Tongue Fortnight Camp - Tile Painting