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Mother Tongue Languages

Teaching Staff

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01/Mr Choy Chee Ping
HOD Mother Tongue Languages
Chinese Literature
Chinese Language
02/Mr Zubir Bin Ali
Subject Head, Malay Language
Malay Language

03/ Ms Yasmin Hussein
Subject Head, Character & Citizenship Education
Malay Language
Malay Literature

04/Mdm Magahletchimi d/o Amarthalingam
ST Tamil Language
Tamil Language
Moral Education
05/Mdm Lim Lan Theen
Teacher
Chinese Language

06/
Ms Lim Meiqi Maggie
Teacher
Chinese Language
Chinese Literature
07/Ms Sii Yiw Ching Molly
Teacher
Chinese Language
Chinese Literature
08/Mdm Zhang Lixia
Teacher
Chinese Language

09/
Mdm Zhu Qingyun
Teacher
Chinese Language

10/Ms Duan Linxin
Teacher
Chinese Language
Chinese Literature

11/Ms Ravindran Arul Jothi
Teacher
Tamil Language
Tamil Literature

12/
Mdm Karpagam Manickavasagam 
Teacher
Tamil Language
Tamil Literature

13/Mr Rajamanickam Thandavamurthy 
Teacher
Tamil Language

14/Ms Nurulhuda Binte Ahmad
Teacher
Malay Language
Malay Literature

15/
Ms Nur Sherlyn Mohamad Salim
Teacher
Malay Language
Malay Literature
16/Ms Siti Aisah Binte Sak Yok
Teacher
Malay Language

17/Mr Ganesh Kumar
Tamil Language
18/
Ms Lee Lay Teng
Contract Adjunct Teacher
Chinese Language

Chinese Language

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Subjects Offered

      • Higher Chinese Language
      • Chinese Language (Express)
      • Chinese Language (NA)
      • Basic Chinese Language (NT)

Overview


Objectives in MTL Teaching:

      • To allow students to learn MTL to as high a level as they are able to.
      • To recognise the different starting points of our learners and customise MTL teaching for the different group.

The 3 Cs in MTL learning: Communication, Culture and Connection.
 
Communication – A key outcome is for our students to be able to think critically and communicate their ideas confidently, in both written and spoken forms. Proficiency in both MTL and EL will equip them with the tools they need to present their ideas with impact, thereby contributing to confidence-building. It is an essential 21st Century competency that will give our young a competitive edge in a globalised world.
 
Culture - Culture and language are closely linked. This close relationship makes language a vehicle for the transmission of values and beliefs that are shaped by the culture of the society. MTL education at the national level therefore strengthens bonding within each community, and reinforces the individual’s sense of cultural heritage. For our ablest learners, some of whom will become our future teachers and journalists, MTL is a useful vehicle for achieving a deeper appreciation of culture, history and values, because the essence of much cultural inheritance (namely traditions, customs, philosophy and literature) is best imbibed in its original language form. For the majority, MTL will enable a better understanding of Chinese/Malay/Tamil culture in the context of Singapore and Asia.
 
Connection - As more Singaporeans seek out opportunities to work or study overseas, proficiency in both MTL and EL, and the knowledge of the cultures associated with these languages, gives them a distinct edge in understanding other mindsets. It facilitates their transition into new environments, and makes it easier for them to understand other cultures in relation to their own.

Curriculum

The Syllabus Framework is shown below.


Malay Language

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Subjects Offered

      • Higher Malay Language
      • Malay Language (Express)
      • Malay Language (NA)
      • Basic Malay Language (NT)

Overview


Objectives in MTL Teaching:

      • To allow students to learn MTL to as high a level as they are able to.
      • To recognise the different starting points of our learners and customise MTL teaching for the different group.

The 3 Cs in MTL learning: Communication, Culture and Connection.
 
Communication – A key outcome is for our students to be able to think critically and communicate their ideas confidently, in both written and spoken forms. Proficiency in both MTL and EL will equip them with the tools they need to present their ideas with impact, thereby contributing to confidence-building. It is an essential 21st Century competency that will give our young a competitive edge in a globalised world.
 
Culture - Culture and language are closely linked. This close relationship makes language a vehicle for the transmission of values and beliefs that are shaped by the culture of the society. MTL education at the national level therefore strengthens bonding within each community, and reinforces the individual’s sense of cultural heritage. For our ablest learners, some of whom will become our future teachers and journalists, MTL is a useful vehicle for achieving a deeper appreciation of culture, history and values, because the essence of much cultural inheritance (namely traditions, customs, philosophy and literature) is best imbibed in its original language form. For the majority, MTL will enable a better understanding of Chinese/Malay/Tamil culture in the context of Singapore and Asia.
 
Connection - As more Singaporeans seek out opportunities to work or study overseas, proficiency in both MTL and EL, and the knowledge of the cultures associated with these languages, gives them a distinct edge in understanding other mindsets. It facilitates their transition into new environments, and makes it easier for them to understand other cultures in relation to their own.

Curriculum

The Syllabus Framework is shown below.
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Tamil Language


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Subjects Offered

      • Higher Tamil Language
      • Tamil Language (Express)
      • Tamil Language (NA)
      • Basic Tamil Language (NT)

Overview


Objectives in MTL Teaching:

      • To allow students to learn MTL to as high a level as they are able to.
      • To recognise the different starting points of our learners and customise MTL teaching for the different group.

The 3 Cs in MTL learning: Communication, Culture and Connection.
 
Communication – A key outcome is for our students to be able to think critically and communicate their ideas confidently, in both written and spoken forms. Proficiency in both MTL and EL will equip them with the tools they need to present their ideas with impact, thereby contributing to confidence-building. It is an essential 21st Century competency that will give our young a competitive edge in a globalised world.
 
Culture - Culture and language are closely linked. This close relationship makes language a vehicle for the transmission of values and beliefs that are shaped by the culture of the society. MTL education at the national level therefore strengthens bonding within each community, and reinforces the individual’s sense of cultural heritage. For our ablest learners, some of whom will become our future teachers and journalists, MTL is a useful vehicle for achieving a deeper appreciation of culture, history and values, because the essence of much cultural inheritance (namely traditions, customs, philosophy and literature) is best imbibed in its original language form. For the majority, MTL will enable a better understanding of Chinese/Malay/Tamil culture in the context of Singapore and Asia.
 
Connection - As more Singaporeans seek out opportunities to work or study overseas, proficiency in both MTL and EL, and the knowledge of the cultures associated with these languages, gives them a distinct edge in understanding other mindsets. It facilitates their transition into new environments, and makes it easier for them to understand other cultures in relation to their own.

Curriculum

The Syllabus Framework is shown below.

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Programme


Mother Tongue Language Fortnight


Mother Tongue Language Fortnight (MTLF) is one of MOE’s key initiatives in enhancing the joy of language learning through a variety of activities, as well as to create an immersive environment for the learning of MTLs. This year, the department organised several exciting activities, including Seal Carving, Chopsticks Painting, Nasi Ambeng Appreciation, Silat, Pot Painting, Poetry Writing and more to promote students’ interest and appreciation of the Mother Tongue Languages.

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Our Principal, Mr Michael starting off the MTLF with a loud bang!
01_MTLF_CL_02.jpegTraditional Chinese Fans – Here our Secondary Three students learning to paint traditional Chinese fans. It is not easy but the end product is worth it!
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Chopstick Painting - Students painting chopsticks after learning about the traditional Chinese culture of using chopsticks.

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Rubber Seal Carving – How a stamp looks like using the rubber seal carved by our students.
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Silat – A sport that requires a great deal of discipline. To promote this indigenous martial arts, Secondary 1 students are carefully guided on the basic drills and techniques of Silat.
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Malay Delicacies – Ranging from sweets to savoury treats or snacks, in this special session, Secondary 1 students get a chance to learn in greater detail about their favourite kuih and taste them too!
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Nasi Ambeng Appreciation – Secondary Two students seated around the Nasi Ambeng platter, a traditional dish usually served at festivities. The communal element is a huge part of this dish.
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Traditional Malay Games – A Secondary Three student keeping the capteh in the air for as long as possible by kicking it up using the heel of the foot until it is missed or dropped.
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Conversational Malay – Secondary Three Express Malay students helming a conversational Malay lesson to teach fellow Chinese and Tamil-speaking cohort mates simple Malay words and phrases.
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Rakan Bahasa 2020 – Appointed as Malay Language Ambassadors, Iffah Qashrina’s (1E4) and Marsya Iman’s (1N1) roles are to encourage the use and appreciation of the Malay Language and culture amongst family and friends.
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Rangoli Drawing – Our Secondary One students learning about the cultural elements of Rangoli and having an hands-on experience of drawing Rangoli.
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Pot Painting – An art which requires passion and patience. Our Secondary Two students involved in pot painting for their MTL Fortnight Programme. 
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Learning Journey to Little India Pongal Festival – Our Secondary students were given the opportunity to make Pongal to experience the joyous occasion.
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Riddle Competition through Quizziz platform – Secondary Two students involved in the Riddle Competition. They learnt about the poetic elements used in riddles. 
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Poetry Writing Competition – Secondary Three students were given the platform to appreciate different poems and to pen their thoughts through poems.
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Tongue Twister Challenge –The Secondary One Students actively participated in the Tongue Twister. Challenge challenging their peers to pronounce the words perfectly in a tongue twister.


Chinese New Year Celebration

In January, the MTL Department organised the annual Chinese New Year Celebration. In order to encourage more students’ participation this year, in-class activities were held for each level. These activities include lantern making, putting together a song item and making a video related to the celebration. Aside from these exciting activities, we also held our Chinese New Year Concert on New Year’s eve. We kicked off the concert with a Lion Dance outside the General Office, thereafter, a series of performance in the hall!

02_cny_1.jpegA festive drum performance to usher in the new year.
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Our Secondary Three students and teachers putting up a song item!
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Secondary Two students participating in the Chinese New Year Quiz Challenge.
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Our teachers leading the sing-a-long session which was a highlight of the Chinese New Year concert.


Chinese Language Unit

In pursuance of an immersive environment for the learning of Chinese Language, our unit plan and conduct a wide range of activities for the  MTL Fortnight Programme  annually. The activities include Chinese Tea Appreciation, Bamboo Slip Calligraphy, Carving of Stone Seals etc. Our students participate actively to learn and understand the immense knowledge and practices behind these traditions.  In addition, we organise cultural learning journeys for students  to acquire knowledge and information about our Chinese traditions beyond the confines of the classrooms.

Mdm Lim starting off the mother tongue fortnight 2019 with a bang.jpgMdm Lim starting off the Mother Tongue Fortnight 2019 with a loud bang!Traditional Chinese Fan painting workshop.jpgStudents trying their hands on traditional Chinese fan painting
Students participating in Chinese Tea Appreciation.jpgStudents participating in Chinese Tea Appreciation
students completing their bamboo writings.jpgStudents completing their bamboo slip caligraphy workshop


 

Malay Language Unit

The Malay Language Unit carries out a variety of programmes every year to enhance students' knowledge about the language and ignite their passion for the culture. The Malay Language Unit strives to encourage Malay Language students to discover and treasure the rich heritage in a constantly evolving world. Annual MTL Fortnight activities enable students to have hands-on experience in various cultural elements.

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Students learning more about the Malay Culture during their Learning Journey
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Students participating in a Malay flower arrangement workshop
students playing games to learn more about the malay heritage.jpgPlaying games to learn more about the Malay Culturebeautiful flowers made by out students.jpgBeautiful flowers made by our students



 

Tamil Language Unit

To imbue a sense of passion towards Tamil Language and Culture, Tamil Unit engages Tamil students in a wide range of platforms. The Annual MTL Fortnight Programmes provides the students with the opportunity to experience the Tamil culture and to enrich their knowledge about the language. Our students also participate in external competition to build their competency in their language skills.

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Our students learning more about Kolam
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Tamil Language Learning Journey enhances our students' cultural experience
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Champions once again during the Kabaddi Challenge 2019
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Our proud champions at a Tamil Language Competition



W3 MOTHER TONGUE FIESTA 
Our students participated in the W3 Mother Tongue Fiesta 2019 organized by Boon Lay Secondary School. We are indeed proud to have attained the Top 3 position in the MTL Fiesta since 2013.

Chinese Unit

1st for Creative Writing Competitions

2nd Runner-up for Chinese Cultural Quiz Competition

Malay Unit

2nd for Creative Writing Competition

4th place for Malay Cultural Quiz Competition

Tamil Unit

1st for Creative Writing Competitions

Consolation for Tamil Quiz Competition.



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Our students at the W3 Mother Tongue Fiesta 2019
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Proud winners of the W3 Mother Tongue Fiesta 2019