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Mother Tongue Languages

Vision : Proficient users of the Mother Tongue Language with a deep sense of rootedness.

The Mother Tongue department believes in equipping the pupils with the knowledge and skills to be effective and confident communicators in the 21st century. Our teachers will focus on helping every pupil acquire the four language skills and develop a deep understanding of their cultural heritage and values.

Mission : To develop effective communicators and self-directed learners with a passion for the Mother Tongue Language and deep understanding of their cultural heritage.

To succeed in our mission and fulfil our vision, the following goals have been established to guide our department’s efforts. These goals are aligned to our school thrusts.

Synopsis of key programmes

In Chinese Language Department, we seek to provide a linguistically exciting, culturally vibrant and morally positive environment for our pupils. All our programmes aim at developing the cognitive processes of our pupils, leading them to enhance the 21st century competencies. Therefore, we incorporate the following activities that will help to maximise pupils’ learning capacity and develop them into self-directed learners with creative and critical thinking skills:

Differentiated Instructions

We are committed to bring out the unique potential of every pupil through curriculum differentiation. We customize our teaching resources like compositional writing skills and comprehension skills package as well as pedagogies, according to the needs and ability of our pupils.

ICT-Based Learning

We believe in using ICT as a value-adding tool for self-directed and classroom learning. When we use ICT tools for our lessons, we expect pupils to engage in either Self-directed Learning or Collaborative Learning. Thus, we use the following main ICT tools/platforms in our lessons,

Learning Management System (McOnline)

The use of McOnline is for pupils to do self-directed learning and independent practice. Teachers will also use the LMS in the delivery and formative assessment of the pupils.

iPad and iPod

The use of ipad and ipod apps for self-directed learning and assessment. Pupils in Primary 1 and Primary 2 will use the ipads and ipods app in the Learning Centres for example they would also use the ipods to record their oral practices for self and peer assessment.

Chinese New Year Celebration

Chinese New Year Celebration has been planned to enable all participants - parents, teachers and pupils - to acquire a better understanding of the traditions and customs associated with this festive occasion. Pupils will enjoy a simple class tea party and as they enjoy the New Year goodies, they will learn about the customs and traditions commonly associated with the Chinese New Year through concert and tea party.


Mother Tongue Fortnight

During the MTL Fortnights, a range of outside-class MTL activities will be provided to enable pupils to learn and use MTL in novel and exciting ways. The MTL Fortnights bring MTL learning into the community and the community into the school, to kindle pupils’ interest to use Mother Tongue language.


Primary 3 Language Camp

The Primary 3 Language Camp provides a wide range of activities for pupils. We immerse pupils in an environment that encourages them to learn and use the language through the Language Camp.


Culture Performance Exposure Programme

The Cultural Performance Exposure Programme aims to support and expose pupils to Chinese language-related cultural performances and programmes. The Chinese name for the scheme means “free gate”, implying that participating schools have the autonomy to arrange their schedules and select suitable cultural performances by local or international performing arts groups. We arrange for our Primary 3/4 pupils to watch Chinese cultural performances at public performance arts venues such as theatres so that pupils can experience Chinese culture in an authentic atmosphere.


Reading Programme

This programme aims to help pupils cultivate the habit of reading Chinese language books. We encourage pupils to borrow and read the Chinese language books from school and class libraries. They are exposed to various kinds of literature at different levels, such as picture books and bridging books at the lower primary, and short stories at the upper primary.

Key Programmes

  • Differentiated Instructions
  • ICT-Based Learning
  • Learning Management System (McOnline)
  • iPad and iPod
  • Chinese New Year Celebration
  • Mother Tongue Fortnight
  • Primary 3 Language Camp
  • Culture Performance Exposure Programme
  • Reading Programme