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Mother Tongue


The Mother Tongue Languages Department has staff strength of 14 teachers. The department is led by Ms Teoh Kah Min as the Head of Department/ MTL and supported by three Senior Teachers, Ms Ik Lee Lee as ST / CL, Mdm Radiah as ST / ML and TL, and Ms Zou Yan as ST / CL & China Exchange Programme.


Ms Teoh Kah Min
HOD / Mother Tongue Language
Mdm Ik Lee Lee
ST / Chinese Language
Mdm Radiah Matmin
ST / Malay & Tamil
Mdm Zou Yan
ST / Chinese Language & China Exchange Programme
Ms Afiqa Nadia Zainal  afiqa_nadia_zainal@moe.edu.sg
Ms Chen Suzhen           chen_suzhen@moe.edu.sg
 Mr Harshad Bin Ismail harshad_ismail@moe.edu.sg  
Mdm Juliana  juliana_ahmad_noor@moe.edu.sg
Mr Lee Jin Loong, Clarence  lee_jin_loong_clarence@moe.edu.sg  
Ms Lee Kim Huay
Ms Ng Yi Ting yi_ting_ng@moe.edu.sg
Ms Renuga Visvalingam renuga_visvalingam@moe.edu.sg
Ms Siti Fasihah Borhan siti_fasihah_borhan@moe.edu.sg
Ms Tan Yan Ru tan_yan_ru@moe.edu.sg
Ms Tan Yongqi tan_yongqi@moe.edu.sg
Ms Teng Hwee Bee teng_hwee_bee@moe.edu.sg
Ms Vemalathevey Manikiam vemalathevey_manikiam@moe.edu.sg



The Mother Tongue Languages Department aims to nurture Greenridgeans into self-directed learners and proficient users of the Mother Tongue Languages with strong moral values.    

With that vision in mind, our department encourages the use of Mother Tongue Languages with confidence and pride, and seeks to enhance competencies in the respective language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). To equip students with effective communication and thinking skills, our department also cultivates cultural and moral values in them and develop critical thinking skills through our daily lessons. With these learning objectives in mind, our curriculum is developed as a spiral model. The Knowledge, Skills and Attitude are then further identified and designed for each unique lesson.

The curriculum and co-curriculum programmes of the Mother Tongue Languages Department are guided by the following principles, which are to: 

·          Cater to students’ different learning needs to enhance their language proficiency; 
·          Cultivate strong moral values in students;
·          Facilitate engaging and interactive lessons with real world context; and
·          Foster a conducive environment for students to use their Mother Tongue Languages


Our department uses various pedagogies and key strategies to engage students in learning the Mother Tongue Language skills.

Socratic Questioning Technique

Questions trigger the active thinking of students, allowing them to challenge fixed mindsets and explore creative solutions and alternatives. The use of Socratic questions provides a platform for students to hone their critical thinking skills and view issues from different angles.

Peer and Self-Assessment

Understanding of one’s own performance is important for one to continuously seek excellence. Use of rubrics and checklists provides students with the opportunity to monitor their learning progress, hence better understanding their strengths and areas for improvement. Students can also have a clear overview of the desired outcomes. Peer assessment allows students to learn and improve in a cooperative manner.

Self-Directed Learning Tasks

Various learning tasks like group discussions and assignments are designed to suit different learning objectives, equipping student with the necessary language skills to engage in independent learning.



The curriculum of Mother Tongue Languages is spirally designed, taking care of the four key skills - Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Other than the content of the curriculum, the following programmes are put in place to enhance students’ learning of Mother Tongue Languages:

Programmes Objectives
 Reading Ambassador Programme
  • to cultivate reading habit in the lower secondary students 
  • to promote appreciation of the literary arts in the different Mother Tongue Languages 
  • to create a platform for students to work collaboratively as a team and hone their oral presentations skills
Applied Learning Project
  • to provide real world context with an authentic learning experience for students
  • to allow students to apply and deepen understanding of the skills learnt in class to complete their group projects 
Mother Tongue Fortnight Programmes

Includes:  Learning Journey, Hands-on Cultural Experience  Language Learning Workshop  Mother Tongue Arts Performance Excursion
  • to cultivate the joy of learning Mother Tongue Languages through engaging and interactive activities
  • to provide authentic learning experiences for students to better appreciate their cultural roots
  • to bring the learning experience beyond the classroom and allow students to value the importance of the Mother Tongue Languages in their daily lives
 Festival Celebrations

Includes:  Lunar New Year,
Hari Raya & Deepavali Celebration
  • to provide a platform for students to understand the cultural and historical background of different festive celebrations
Conversational Chinese and Malay Programmes (Sec 1 & 2)
  • to expose students to different Mother Tongue Languages and deepen their understanding of different cultures 



The aims of the Mother Tongue Languages Department’s Assessment and Homework Policy is to:

  • provide regular feedback to help our students develop and improve
  • provide an accurate gauge of students’ progress and attainment at suitable intervals;
  • inform decision on teaching and learning to improve students’ learning and performances.

The desired outcomes are to enable students to:

  • use Mother Tongue Language in daily situations;
  • be cultivated with cultural and moral values;
  • have good mastery of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills;
  • be equipped with analytical thinking, self-directed and independent learning skills
The emphasis in Mother Tongue Language Assessment are as follows:

  • Both the Assessment Syllabus (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing) and Criteria of Mother Tongue Languages Department are aligned to the direction set out by MOE, which is articulated in the syllabus for the Mother Tongue Language subject in year 2011
  • The modes of assessment are selected based on Knowledge, Skills and Values Learning Outcomes for Mother Tongue Language
  • To practice speed and accuracy, different time limits are set for various kinds of assignments: 
      • Email writing: 30 minutes 
      • Essay writing: 80 minutes
      • Comprehension: 30 minutes
      • Vocabulary practice: 10 minutes
  • To provide sufficient practice for all students, at least 6 marked assignments of each category supported by additional exercises and past year papers are planned and implemented throughout an academic year.