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Mother Tongue Languages

Our Goals

To enable students to:

  • converse and use Mother Tongue Languages confidently in their daily lives.
  • find joy in learning their Mother Tongue Languages and learn to appreciate the diverse cultures, heritages and traditions.

Programme Overview


The KC MTL programme aims to build a strong foundation in our students in their mastering of Mother Tongue Languages and inculcate moral values, cultures, heritages and traditions through daily classroom teaching and interactive learning activities. 

Our team of MTL teachers constantly explores a repertoire of pedagogies to bring about meaningful learning experiences for our students. Lessons conducted are designed to develop in our students the 21st Century Competencies and help them see relevance to their daily lives. The MTL department also leverages on Information Communication and Technology (ICT) tools to facilitate quality teaching and learning of MTL.


(i) MTL Fortnight

To promote the use of and to kindle students’ interest in the learning of MTL, a series of activities related to Mother Tongue languages and their associated cultures are planned for students of all levels during MTL Fortnight ever year.

Watch the following videos to take a glimpse of exciting activities done during MTL Fortnight:

MTL Fortnight 2019

MTL Fortnight 2018

MTL Fortnight 2017

MTL Fortnight 2016

(ii) MTL Publication

Every year, both the Chinese Language (CL) Unit and Malay Language (ML) Unit will organise a school-based MTL creative writing competition for all levels. To promote good writing habits and enhance students’ writing skills, the CL unit had organised Narrative writing workshops for Lower Secondary level. In our efforts to showcase students’ work and encourage creative writing among our young writers, both units have each come up with an annual publication. The MTL publication is a collection of selected essays from students’ daily work as well as winning entries from our yearly MTL Creative Writing competition. Students would receive a complimentary copy of this publication. Through this, the department hopes that students will find these essays a delightful read as they prepare for their examinations or read them at leisure during the coming school holidays.

(iii) MTL Cultural Appreciation

Every year, the department will participate in the MOE-Committee to Promote Chinese Language/ Malay Language Learning-Cultural Programme Exposure Scheme (CPCLL-CPES)/ (CPMLL-CPES) to bring our Secondary Three students out to watch a MTL drama performance. Some of the past MTL cultural appreciation were as follows:

MTL Performance Year
• 《孙悟空传奇》 Legend of Monkey King
• 《老少乐》 Cross-talk Laughter for all ages
• 《老九》‘Lao Jiu’ CL musical 2017
• 《爱丽丝梦游仙境》Adaptation of Alice in Wonderland

HCL Learning Journey 2019

Higher Chinese Language students from Secondary 1 to 4 visited the Singapore Cultural Centre (SCCC) to learn about the Chinese community’s humble beginnings as well as tracing their rich history making their livelihood in colonial Singapore. The guided tour was conducted in mandarin enabling students to improve their language skills.     


The MTL department continues to nurture talents through exposure to National MTL-related competitions, activities and events:

(i) Annual National MTL Competitions

Some of the annual national MTL competitions we participate include:

a. National Secondary School Chinese Creative Writing Competition (“新蕾奖”全国中学生华文创作比赛)

b. National On-the-spot Chinese Story-Writing Competition

c. National Malay Language Essay Writing Competition - Pena Emasku

d. National Malay Language Scrabble competition

(ii) Selected CL students as zbCOMMA student Correspondents Club (联合早报通讯员)

The CL unit will nominate students to take part in the zbCOMMA student Correspondents Club. Interested students who are successfully selected by the zbCOMMA organising committee will represent the school as KC ambassadors to report on school events and activities in the zbcomma (a student edition newspapers).

Useful Websites

Updated on 19 July 2018