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Mother Tongue Languages (MTL)

Curricular Goal

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 MTL fortnight serve to heighten our students’ cultural understanding and appreciation. 

MTL Fortnight
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 performances, games on idioms and words, the learning, writing of poems, penmanship competitions and reading programmes 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 cross-culture during the P4 cultural camp. 

P2 Speech And Drama    
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 Progamme 
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 Languages' activities

Thematic Cultural Sharing on Chinese New Year



Thematic Cultural Sharing on Chinese New Year

Thematic Cultural Sharing on Chinese New Year

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ML, TL & EL sharing on Chinese New Year’s customs and practices

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Chinese Language

P1 sharing on 12 Chinese Zodiacs
P1 sharing on 12 Chinese Zodiacs
P2 sharing on the story of ‘Nian
P2 sharing on the story of ‘Nian

P3 sharing on the origins of Lion Dance
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P4 sharing on meaning of Chinese New Year’s Food
P4 sharing on meaning of Chinese New Year’s Food

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      P5 sharing on Chinese couplets ad well wishes                   P6 sharing on Chinese New Year’s taboos and                                                                                                              traditional practices


Chinese New Year Celebration


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Mid-autumn Festival 


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Primary 2 : Speech & Drama


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Mother Tongue Language Fortnight Activities - Chinese Language
P4 Cultural Camp- Traditional Games



Chinese and Indian students playing indian game - Aadu Puli Astam
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Students playing Chinese Animal Chess
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Students playing Spinning Top, Chapteh and Congkak.
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P1 & P2 Reading Programme

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P1 & P2 Chinese Word Games

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P1 Singing Performance

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P3 Reader's Theatre

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P4 & P5 Word Card Design

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P5 & P6 Cross-Talk Performance

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Malay Language

Primary 2 : Speech & Drama


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Primary 5 : Journalism Workshop


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Tamil Language

P1 Competition - Show and Tell

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P1 Mother Tongue Fortnight Activity - Kolam Decorating

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P2 Competition - Scenario Description

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P2 Mother Tongue Fortnight Activity - Thoranam Making

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P3 Competition - Role Play

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P3 Mother Tongue Fortnight Activity - Flower Tying

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P4 Competition - Story Telling

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P4 Mother Tongue Fortnight Activity - Kolam Drawing

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P4 Mother Tongue Fortnight Camp Acitvity - Traditional Games

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P5 Competition - Oratorical

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P5 Mother Tongue Fortnight Activity - Henna Drawing

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P6 Competition - Language Quiz

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P6 Mother Tongue Fortnight Activity - Indian Traditional Games

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