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Mother Tongue

Goals

The department believes in nurturing our pupils into effective communicators of the Mother Tongue Languages (MTL) so as to empower our pupils to become useful citizens of the 21st century. The curriculum for the MTL has 2 main goals: to equip our pupils with the essential language skills and to mould them into active learners and proficient users; to develop in our pupils an awareness of their cultural identity and to cultivate an appreciation of their rich cultural root.

Chinese Language 


Programme 

 
The curriculum is structured to enable every student to achieve as high a level as he/she can. Students who demonstrate exceptional language ability and a strong interest in the subject will be recommended to maximize their potential through the learning of Higher Chinese (HCL). Currently, HCL is conducted from Primary 3 to Primary 6.

We organize the following cultural activities for students annually: 

  • Chinese New Year Celebration 
  • Mother Tongue Language Fortnight 
  • Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration 

Malay Language 

Programme 

Our curriculum is structured to engage our students in the various classroom as well as outdoor learning experiences so as to maximize students’ learning. Teaching and learning are designed to realize the vision of Arif Budiman – the learned person who contributes to society. Students learn the Malay Language through a responsive curriculum through the use of Tahap (levels of achievement) at key stages to reflect the differentiated learning outcomes for students of different abilities in each of the language skills. This is aligned with the school’s approach to holistic assessment which takes the form of bite-sized formative assessments such as Show & Tell, presentations, quiz, group work and topic conversation throughout the year.

Our approach to teaching is to develop in our students a passion for the language and enhance their proficiency, especially spoken Malay. We emphasize the Baku pronunciation and correct intonation and thus create opportunities for students to speak eloquently through oral practices, conversations, songs and role-plays.

We organize the following cultural activities for students annually: 

  • Mother Tongue Language Fortnight
  • Hari Raya Celebration 

Tamil Language 


Programme 

Our curriculum focuses on the speaking, reading, listening and writing skills of the students. In line with the Ministry of Education’s recommendation, greater emphasis is given to spoken Tamil. Teaching is designed to engage all learners actively in the learning of Tamil so that students develop an interest and love for the language. Students are encouraged to speak and write good Tamil and to read widely for knowledge. Internal and external competitions, and language and cultural activities are organized by the Tamil department to enrich students in the Tamil language and culture.

We organize the following cultural activities for students annually: 

  • Mother Tongue Language Fortnight
  • Deepavali Celebration