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Mother Tongue Language

MTL Department 2018
Mrs Leow-Ling Mee Nam
Department Members
Mdm Toh Li Hiong 
School Staff Developer
Mrs Thanaletchimi Ganeson
Senior Teacher, Tamil Language
Mdm Noraza Surani
Subject Head, Malay Language
Loh Sock Yee
Senior Teacher, Chinese Language
 Mdm Tan Hoon Nee (CL)Mdm Nor Hayati Salimik (ML)
Mdm Ng Hui Leng (CL)Mdm Chua Bee Khee (CL)
Mdm Junaidah Amran (ML)
Mdm Yuan Huiling (CL)
Miss Huang Kaixin (CL)
Miss Nurul Sakinah (ML)
Mdm Ji Xiao Yi (CL)
Miss Ang Si Wen (CL)Mdm Nurfirdawati Iryani Abdullah (ML)
Mdm Tin Shu Yee (CL/AJT)
Mdm Qin Lingjun (CL/AJT)
Mdm Siti Mariam Mohd Amin (ML/AJT)


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


  • 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:

Customised Curriculum

To help Concordians learn more effectively in view of the changing language environment at home and within the community, the school:
  • Customises teaching and learning of MTL according to Concordians’ language mastery level
  • Delivers oracy and language skills progressively and age-appropriately from Primary 1 to Primary 6 
  • Designs school-based learning resources tailored to support Concordians’ learning needs 

Learning Strategies

MTL teachers constantly review our strategies used in the classroom to teach oracy, reading and writing more effectively. The following are used in lessons:

  • Learning by questioning: Concordians are given opportunities to read and asked to predict, analyse and link what they have learned to their experiences to provide an authentic reading experience
  • Learning by interacting: Teachers leverage on technologies to bring about engaged learning. For instance, lessons are brought to life with the use of interactive whiteboards, iPads, and netbooks in the classroom. 
  • Use of rubrics and checklist: To help Concordians become self-directed learners, the teaching of oral skills and Composition are aided simplified rubrics easily understood by students, for them to practice self- and peer-evaluation. The rubrics enable our Concordians to know their current mastery level and chart their personal progress to the next level.

Values Education

  • Values are reinforced during MTL lessons as part of holistic education. Teachers seize teachable moments as well as actively link texts with school core values to reinforce positive character traits. 
  • Mother Tongue Fortnight is also a platform where the MTL teachers infuse cultural lessons into language-based activities. 
  • It takes a village to raise a child. Parents are important stakeholders in supporting the teaching of values. This is done through regular communications and updates between teachers and parents.

Our Programmes

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 a 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 forConcordians to appreciate their mother tongue languages

Internal & External Competitions

  • Internal competitions are held to bring to life the notion of “learning takes place beyond classroom”, and instill the joy of learning
  • The objective is to motivate and allow Concordians to channel their energies towards meaningful learning processes and outcomes, and at the same time provides a platform for them to showcase what they have learnt
  • Aside from school-initiated programmes, we encourage Concordians to participate in external competitions to provide authentic application of their language learning, stretch their abilities, as well as build up their confidence and repertoire of experiences to face life challenges.

CL Cultural Performance Exposure Scheme (CPES)

  • Concord Primary School is involved in CPES initiated by the Committee to Promote Chinese Language Learning since 2012. 
  • CPES enables Concordians to achieve beyond-classroom quality learning via Chinese language-related performances and programmes put up by local and foreign professional performance groups. 
  • We have organised fully-subsidised Chinese cultural performances for our Primary 4 and Primary 3 Concordians over the years since 2012. 

Weave ketupat
Learning to weave ketupat from our parents
First step to learning calligraphy – I know how to hold the brush!
Speech & Drama
Show time finale for our Speech & Drama learning!
Outdoor learning experience
An engaging learning experience: Up close and personal with nature
Harmony Loft
Learning engagement at the Harmony Loft during recess
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

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

For the list of dictionaries, please click here.