Mother Tongue Languages

Curriculum Framework

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Department Programmes

EXPERIENCES

Language Week 

This programme is held in collaboration with the English Department. It aims to enhance the joy of reading and language learning in pupils through a variety of activities that are organised during the week. This year, choice board reading activities were designed for lower/middle/upper primary levels. Pupils submitted their completed entries via ClassDojo. There was also a book mark design competition. Pupils had fun reading their favourite books and the activities were well-received by pupils. 

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Mother Tongue Language (MTL) Fortnight

 

In view of safe management measures, MTL Fortnight was carried out online last year. Information on selected aspects of the Chinese/Malay/Tamil cultures was shared with pupils as part of the cultural stories package that was rolled out via Student Learning Space (SLS) by levels. Thereafter, pupils had the opportunity to be engaged in the making of different traditional crafts. Through these activities, pupils gained a deeper appreciation of their culture, history and values. Pupils also showcased their language talents in poetry recitation, storytelling, singing etc and uploaded their performance clips via Padlet on the school website.

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P2 Language & Cultural Camp

This programme aims to develop pupils’ oracy skills and arouse their interest in the learning of the language through speech and drama. 

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Cultural Performance Exposure Scheme (CL)/Theatre Experience (ML)

Pupils are provided with the opportunity to be exposed to language-related cultural performances by local and foreign performing arts groups. In view of the situation this year, pupils were not able to watch the performances live at the theatre. The experience was brought into the classrooms as pupils watched the performances live via Zoom. Nevertheless, pupils enjoyed the performances.

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Authentic Learning Experiences (Lower Primary)

Authentic learning experiences are created within the curriculum to bring classroom teaching alive. For example, CL pupils take on the role of stallholders and customers when purchasing items. Pupils enjoyed the experience while learning the sentence structures for the lesson. Pupils also had the opportunity to have a picnic in class. They learnt vocabulary related to the theme as they ate the food they brought to class. ML pupils learnt the skill of journal writing through the unit “We are Active Learners”. Pupils learnt about animal folklore through storytelling and experienced paper weaving before writing about their experiences. Drama-based teaching methods are employed in the TL classroom. By taking on different roles in an imaginary setting, pupils are empowered to engage in creative conversations with their peers. The enthusiasm shown by pupils during these lessons brings out the joy of learning.

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SUPPORT PROGRAMMES

P3-P6 Remediation Programme

This programme provides targeted support for identified pupils to address learning gaps and support pupils in their learning through a structured remediation plan.

EXTENSION PROGRAMMES

Competitions

The department provides opportunities and exposure to selected pupils to stretch their potential in relevant language skills, e.g. writing and oracy. Some competitions that our pupils have participated in include Chinese Essay Writing Competition, Chinese Moo-O Awards, Text Recital Competition, National Pintar Kata App Competition and Muthamizh Vizha.

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Useful Websites

FOR CL LEARNING

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Aligned to the 2015 Primary School Chinese Language curriculum. Focuses on developing students’ skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in a fun way. Students can log on to Student Learning Space (SLS) with their account to access the resources.

FOR ML LEARNING

e-CEKAP

(Suitable for Primary 1 to 5) Aligned to the 2015 Primary School Malay Language curriculum. It provides complementary multimedia resources which develop students’ Malay language skills and knowledge in a fun and engaging way. Students can log on to Student Learning Space (SLS) with their account to access the resources.

 

Young Readers Series, Nabil and Nabilah

(Suitable for Primary 1 to 3) Developed by the Malay Language Learning and Promotion Committee.

https://www.mllpc.sg/agab-publications.html

FOR TL LEARNING

Theen Tamizh

Aligned to the 2015 Tamil Language Primary curriculum, the multimedia resources include animated songs, stories, interactive pages etc. These resources focus on developing students’ language skills and knowledge through joyful learning. Students can log on to Student Learning Space (SLS) with their account to access the resources.

 

Kani Mani App

This app features a series of interactive and animated eBooks in Tamil for children. The stories and activities (in the form of games) introduces words from the stories in a fun and interactive manner. This eBook is jointly developed by the Tamil Language Learning and Promotion Committee.