Mother Tongue Languages

The Mother Tongue Languages (MTLs) department envisions each of its students being nurtured into a “Global Connecting Architect”, effective in the use of a second language to think, plan, create and communicate so that they can confidently venture beyond our shores to connect with other cultures and to frame discourse from foreign perspectives.

MTLs are useful means of communication that can be applied in many aspects of lifefrom social bonding and cultural appreciation, to networking with people from foreign countries. Being bilingual will ensure our graduates have a unique edge in this globalised world, especially as we are located in a region surrounded by countries with people speaking Malay, Indian languages and Mandarin. The rise of major economic powers, such as China and India, is also a strong signal for our young learners to be prepared linguistically so that they can better engage these strategic partners in future, through understanding their language and appreciation of their cultures and norms.

Learning Objectives

At the end of four years, students will be able to:

  • Attain language proficiency in their MTLs so that they can relate and exchange ideas clearly with others and communicate with ease
  • Acquire language skills that are complementary with knowledge gained in other subjects and apply these in the workforce
  • Experience a more holistic education where sound moral principles and values are inculcated through the MTLs
  • Appreciate the rich culture and wisdom that comes with the learning of the MTLs

Key Programmes

MTL Core Curriculum

Language, critical thinking and logical reasoning skills are explicated through different genres and students are exposed to a wide variety of reading materials to build up their general knowledge and challenge their world views. In-class differentiation in terms of task, support and learning outcomes for students is also applied to cater for mixed-ability classes.

Rendafuzhong and Shijiazhuang Foreign Language School Global Citizenship Programme (GCP) Trip

Secondary 1 Higher Chinese Language students travel to Beijing and Chinese Language students travel to Shijiazhuang (HeNan) respectively for a week long immersion programme. A myriad of activities such as on-line collaborative learning, cultural excursions and school visits are lined up for them to cultivate stronger interest for the learning and application of their language skills when interacting with their buddies.

National Essay Writing Competition (Peraduan Penulisan Kreatif)

All Secondary 1 to 4 Malay Language students take part in this nationwide competition to sharpen their writing skills. It also encourages the creative and fun learning of Malay Language.

Mother Tongue Fortnight and Cultural Camp

Over two weeks, students can choose to take part in different activities such as lyrics-writing talk, on-line language quizzes and cultural awareness workshops, aimed at creating an immersive and bustling environment to engage students in the learning of the Mother Tongue Languages.

Participation in Annual Malay Language Month

Malay Language students from SST are actively involved in the annual Malay Language Month activities that promote the use of Malay Language in the school community and public. It is a way of contributing back to society in line with the vision of Arif Budiman2.

Competitions (Translation, Create-Your-Own-Newspaper, Malay and Chinese Short Film)School-based training is conducted by the teachers in charge for students selected to take part in various competitions.

Author-in-Residence Programme (Contemporary Chinese Poerty)

Selected Secondary 2 students attend an eight-hour Poetry Writing Workshop conducted by a local author aimed at helping students understand the basic principles of poetry writing and appreciation.

National University of Singapore (NUS) Malay Language Society’s Camp (Perkampungan Bahasa)

Selected students attend a three-day residential camp at NUS. Students get to interact with students from other secondary schools and work on a thematic project. As a group, they present their project under the supervision of professional mentors.

Mentorship Programme from Singapore Malay Language Council (Majlis Bahasa Melayu Singapura) for Language Champions 

Every year, two Malay students are officially appointed and mentored by the Malay Language Council as Language Champions (Rakan Bahasa). They will have the opportunity to learn about the Malay language and culture through in-depth training and research. During the Malay Language Month, they will share their knowledge with the public.

2 Arif Budiman – the learned person who contributes to society.

The role of Malay Language instruction would be to equip each student with the attitude, skills and knowledge.

Programme Highlights

The MTL Fortnight aims to provide opportunities for students to learn MTL and understand their own culture through active participation. In SST, we organise a variety of activities and programmes every year to promote the use of MTL. Further details can be found in the links below:

3 students from SST participated in a Malay Language workshop jointly organised by the Malay Language Council, National Heritage Board and Ria 89.7 FM for west cluster schools. The participants caught a glimpse of Ria FM deejays, Aura Shai, Dzar Ismail and Dyn Norahim, at work as they demonstrated their craft as presenters, newscasters and casts of radio commercials.  The session was interactive and it allowed the participants to hone their presentation skills during the practical sessions

SST students, Afiq Prasanto, Muhd Harith Samri and Muhammad bin Mazlan, took the opportunity to mingle with the deejays and interviewed Dyn Norahim to pique his thoughts about the Malay language.

Ever wondered how Mother Tongue Languages can be taught using Infocomm Technology? View how our students are actively consuming and retaining information through the use of multimedia.

The author in residence programme is an initiative by SST to nurture budding writers. Each year, we invite a writer to conduct a 4 days workshop to mentor students in creative writing. Further details can be found in the links below: