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Mother Tongue


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From Left: Fourth Row - Mdm Ng Peng Yong, Ms Komalavalli, Mdm Dai Siming. Third Row - Mr Wu Weixiang, Miss Tam Sook Lai, Mrs Tan Tay Kee, Miss Lee Mei Xuan, Ms Tan Shu Jun. Second Row - Miss Hariyati, Mdm Nur Adawiyah, Miss Amirah, Mdm Chang Shuyun, Miss Suganthi, Mdm Tok Ann Kee, Miss Lim Ching Yin. First Row - Ms A Gayathree, Mr Yazid, Mdm Zarinah (HOD), Mdm Lum Hai Yean, Miss Vanessa Tan.




Learning Outcomes 

Active Learners, Proficient Users
(Objective in the Teaching and Learning of MTL is to develop proficient language users)

  • Communication - This is a valuable skill for life and work. In addition to their mastery of the English language, proficiency and ability to communicate in MTL gives Singaporeans a competitive edge.

  • Culture - Learning MTL enables our students to understand and develop their unique identity through a deeper appreciation of culture, traditions, literature and history. This is a critical base to preserve the transmission of cultural values and traditions associated with each MTL in our society.

  • Connection - Proficiency in MTL enables our students to connect with communities across Asia and the people who speak that language or share that culture.


Teaching Approaches


  • A variety of learning approaches and activities are organised, designed and taught to develop proficient users who can communicate effectively using the language in real-life contexts and apply it in inter-personal communication, so as to make MTL directly relevant to students and a living language. Such activities include more performance-based tasks (show-n-tell, story-telling, poetry recital, group work, role play and games).

  • We leverage on our students’ familiarity and regular use of ICT for MTL learning. There is greater use of ICT platforms to create realistic, interactive settings that test students’ ability to use the language effectively and meaningfully.  The use of iMTL portal also strengthen oracy learning.

  • Holistic Assessment (HA) - ongoing feedback to learners on how the can improve their learning. Formative approaches (e.g. skilful questioning techniques, regular and timely feedback, self and peer assessment) are integrated into everyday teaching and learning to help enhance students’ learning.


Key Programmes


Mother Tongue Fortnight / P3 Language & Cultural Programme
Creating an environment more conducive for authentic usage and learning.  Students are exposed to culture and values which will enhance their learning experience and inspire their interest in MTL.

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Reading Programme
To ensure strong MTL reading programmes, schools has purchased more interesting and age-appropriate story books, set up reading corners in the classroom and organize wide ranging reading-promotion activities such as book review and reading portfolio. We also engage the National Library Board for mass borrowing to promote MTL reading activities.

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E-Learning Portals
E-Learning is an integral part in the teaching and learning of the students. Students are able to have self-directed and self-paced continuous learning beyond classroom hours using the following portals:


Engaging Parents in MTL Learning

Support of parents is vital to language learning and development.  The MT Department of Ang Mo Kio Primary School has the Let’s Read Reading Programme that encourages parents to support their children in their efforts at learning MTL, where they read together with the child and guide pupils in doing the reading activity sheet.