Mother Tongue

1. Department Members

Name Email Address
Mrs Teo-Seet Chui Wan (HOD Mother Tongue Languages)
Ms Tan Pei Ghee (SH Chinese Language)
Mdm Lam Tze Kim (LT Chinese Language)
Miss Chai Hsueh Chi Michelle
Mr Ganesh Prasad Harihara Subramaniam
Mr Ismail Bin Abdullah
Mdm Lee Chun Nee
Miss Li Ying
Mdm Rosnani Bte Suni
Mdm Sellaiah Kousalya
Miss Suriyanti Bte Jumari
Miss Toh Xin Rong

2. Department Programmes


Our key approaches to teaching of MTL include:

  • engaging students in purposeful and active learning in lessons through interactive, authentic and differentiated performance tasks:
  • conducting regular formative assessments to inform both teachers and students on the progress of learning; and
  • providing enrichment programmes for students to actively learn MTL and its associated culture to experience MTL as ‘a living language’.

Curriculum Programmes

  • In classroom learning, students are paired / grouped purposefully that facilitate critical thinking and active learning through discussions. Such strategies provide a platform for developing 21st century competencies (21CC) in our students in the area of communication and collaboration skills.
  • We also leverage on use of ICT tools and e-learning platforms to develop self-directed learning and collaborative learning as students acquire mastery of language skills. Lessons and earning tasks posted on Student Learning Space (SLS) provide opportunities for self-directedness in learning

Enrichment Programmes

  • MTL Fortnight and Cultural Camp Programme provide students with authentic opportunities in using MTL and experience the Chinese, Malay or Tamil cultures.

Appreciating Chinese Culture – Hand-puppet making, Book-making, Clay sculpture workshop, handicraft workshop

Appreciating Malay Culture – Batik making, Jawi writing, Weaving of tablemates

Appreciating Tamil Culture - Agal vilakku painting, Copper Tooling, Food

  • Applied Learning Programme provide students with a authentic platform to put the language skills they learn in the classroom into an authentic context.

Sec 1 - Story-creation Workshop, Drama Workshop


Sec 2 – New Media Workshop

  • Reading Programme encourage students to read widely through selected reading materials and subscription of magazine.

Lower Sec – Stories books or short stories
Upper Sec - Newspapers or Students’ magazine

  • Conversation Chinese / Malay equip students with basic conversation skills in another language.
  • Learning Journeys to Asian countries provide students with overseas immersion opportunities to broaden their horizon and deepen their cross-cultural understanding.

Johor Bahru, Malaysia Immersion Programme (2019)

China Xiamen Immersion Programme (2019)

  • Competitions - To provide opportunities for students to showcase their talents in MTL.

CL – Essay Writing Competition
ML – Sahibba Competition
TL -   Debate

Sahibba Competition