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Mother Tongue Language

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HOD
Mrs Leow-Ling Mee Nam
Department Members
Mdm Toh Li Hiong 
School Staff Developer
Loh Sock Yee
Senior Teacher, Chinese Language
Mrs Thanaletchimi Ganeson 
Senior Teacher, Tamil Language
Mdm Tan Hoon Nee (CL)
 Mdm Chua Bee Khee (CL) Mdm Noraza Surani (ML)
Mdm Ng Hui Leng (CL)Ms Heng Chwee Hong (CL)
Mdm Junaidah Amran (ML)
Mrs Janet Chan (CL)Miss Huang Kaixin (CL)
Mdm Nor Hayati Salimik (ML)
Mdm Ji Xiao Yi (CL)
Miss Ang Si Wen (CL)Mdm Nurfirdawati Iryani Abdullah (ML)
Ms Nurul Sakinah (ML)Mdm Siti Mariam Mohd Amin (ML/AJT)

Vision:

Concordians will love and feel proud of their chosen Mother Tongue language (MTL).

Mission:

  • To make Mother Tongue a “living” language.
  • To develop a lifelong interest in Mother Tongue language (MTL) and its culture.
  • To inculcate cross-cultural understanding among the students of the different races.

Department's Highlights:

The Mother Tongue Language (MTL) Department is committed to providing platforms for Concordians to acquire their chosen MT language more effectively in view of the changing language environment at home and within the community.

 

Customised Curriculum

To cater to the varying language mastery of Concordians, the department:

  • Customises teaching and learning of MTL according to Concordians’ language mastery level.
  •         adopts progressive and age-appropriate strategies for listening, oracy and language skills.

The following are strategies used for teaching and learning :

  • Learning by questioning: Concordians are given opportunities to read and asked to predict, analyse and link what they have learnt to their personal experiences. 
  • Learning by interacting: Teachers leverage on technologies to bring about engaged learning. For instance, lessons are brought to life with the use iPads and netbooks in the classroom 
  • Developing self-directed learners: To enable Concordians to know their current mastery level and chart their personal progress to the next level, and become self-directed in their learning, self- and peer-evaluation are encouraged with the use of rubrics and checklists.


Values Education

  • Values are constantly reinforced during MTL lessons as part of holistic education. Teachers seize teachable moments and actively link content with school core values for character development. Festive celebrations are also an authentic source for value education (eg respect for the elderly when visiting during the new year etc).
  • It takes a village to raise a child. Our Concord village is blessed with supportive parents who acknowledge the importance of MTL learning and value education. Teachers partner parents through regular communications and updates to impart values in Concordians.

Conversational Chinese & Malay (CCM)

  • The objective of the CCM programme is to promote the learning of conversational mother tongue languages as a third language, to help prepare Concordians for opportunities in a globalized world. 
  •      Primary 3 Concordians are given the option to attend either Conversational Mandarin or Conversational Malay language course. They are taught how to speak Mandarin or Malay language on a conversational level, which they can then use in everyday situations to communicate with their friends of other races. 

  

Mother Tongue Fortnight (MTF)

  • A two-week programme to encourage Concordians to use their Mother Tongue languages more pervasively. 
  • Wide-range of beyond-classroom activities is conducted in conjunction with MTF to provide authentic situations for Concordians to appreciate their mother tongue languages.

Internal & External Competitions

  • Competitions are held to encourage Concordians to exhibit their language skills, and at the same time create excitement and joy of learning.
  • Objectives of competitions are explained to Concordians to motivate them to channel their energies towards meaningful learning processes and outcomes, while showcasing what they have learnt.
  • Aside from school-initiated programmes, the department create opportunities for Concordians to participate in external competitions to provide authentic application of their language learning, stretch their language abilities, and build up their self-confidence and repertoire of experiences to face life challenges.

Weave ketupat
Learning to weave ketupat from our active PSG parents
Calligraphy
First step to learning calligraphy – I know how to hold the brush!
Speech & Drama
Show time finale for our Speech & Drama learning!
MT2.pngFulfilling hands-on experience through Chinese fan painting.

Harmony Loft
Recess learning engagement at the Harmony Loft 
CNY Spring Cleaning
Values of responsibility and care exemplified through fun and engaging CNY spring cleaning
Outdoor picnic
Our outdoor “picnic” classroom for a refreshing change
Heritage tour
Heritage tour is fun learning at work

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Hands-on Nasi Lemak making and sampling session.

 
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Feeling accomplished after making the Chinese perfume pouch (aka Xiangnang) and bamboo dragonfly

 

For the list of dictionaries, please click here.

For tips on how to support your children in the learning of Mother Tongue Languages, please click here.