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Chinese Language

Key Personnel

Head of Department (Mother Tongue) :
Mdm Claire Chan

Aims & Objectives

To develop pupils into confident and competent Chinese Language users who appreciate the Chinese culture and values.

The 3D Approach

A 3D tiered approach (Discover, Develop and Distinguish) had been adapted to develop our pupils in the Chinese Language.

Our Strategies

In alignment to the school’s Teaching and Learning Framework, the department engages the pupils in learning through the following ways:

  • Incorporate the 3 primary strategies, Active Learning, Problem-based and Project-based learning in the MTL curriculum development;
  • Use a repertoire of school-wide student-centric pedagogies to make student learning visible through strategies such as Cooperative Learning, Collaborative Learning and Differentiated Instruction;
  • Leverage on pupils’ familiarity and regular use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Mother Tongue Language (MTL) learning;
  • Create platforms and opportunities that encourage pupils to use their MTL to communicate proficiently in everyday life and to develop a deeper appreciation of their culture; and
  • Provide timely feedback to parents on pupils’ learning.

Key Programmes

1. Bi-Cultural Bridge Programme

The Bi-Cultural Bridge (BcB) programme aims to develop bicultural talents who are passionate about learning the Chinese culture and language. This programme stretches the potential of a student who is proficient in both languages and allows them to appreciate the Chinese culture in greater depth.It also provides enriched learning experiences and higher learning standards for all the high-ability learners.

The 4-year programme is designed to develop a core group of pupils from Primary 3 to Primary 6 who are effectively bilingual and bicultural. Lessons and activities are geared towards equipping pupils with a comprehensive understanding of Chinese culture, history, literature and the arts.

The Primary 3 Bi-Cultural pupils will go through a series of rigorous cultural and language activities.

  • Appreciation of Children’s Chinese Classics and Story Writing
    Pupils will be able to appreciate the Chinese literature and culture through the Children’s Chinese Classics and write more interesting and creative stories through the use of a wide range of expressive vocabulary.
  • Chinese Calligraphy
    Pupils will have a better understanding of Chinese calligraphy so as to improve their abilities in appreciating Chinese calligraphy as an unique form of Chinese art.
  • Poetry Writing
  • Tea Appreciation
  • Talent Showcase
    Opportunities are also provided for pupils to represent the school in Chinese Language competitions and school curriculum showcases.
  • Internationalisation Experience
    The objective of the internationalisation experience is to develop in pupils the global awareness, cross-cultural skills and sensitivities.

Appreciation of Children's Chinese Classics and Story Writing

Chinese Calligraphy

Tea Appreciation

Talent Showcase

Internationalisation Experience - Hosting of China School 湖南省实验小学 (3rd March 2015)

2. Play-based Curriculum for Primary 1

The play-based curriculum aims to introduce proper speech and pronunciation among our pupils. It encourages our lower primary pupils to carry out daily conversations in Chinese language using the correct grammatical rules and proper sentence structures.

Our pupils will learn a series of vocabulary associated with food, fruits and items seen in the supermarket. They will learn to use the correct words and sentence structures to express themselves clearly and confidently during the activities.

3. Mother Tongue Language Fortnight

The MTL Fortnight aims to create an immersive environment for our pupils in their learning of the Mother Tongue language and culture. During the programme, a wide range of cultural and language activities related to the Mother Tongue languages were organised for pupils. Activities such as kite making, fabric hand puppet making and dramatization provide opportunities for pupils to experience their respective cultures and also encourage them to use their Mother Tongue languages for interactions.

A variety of fun-filled language games and cultural activities are organised during our Mother Tongue Carnival. We believe our young learners learn through play (娱教乐学)where pupils will learn the values of respect and discipline when participating in the MTL Fortnight activities.

4. Primary 1 Chinese Speech & Drama

In line with the 21CC skills, the Chinese Speech & Drama Enrichment Camp aims to enhance the pupils’ language competency and to develop them to be confident speakers. During this 2-day camp, pupils will learn to be more focused, develop their listening skills, use voice projection and modulation through a wide range of fun and interesting activities such as poems, rhymes, chorus reading, dialogues and tongue twisters.

Speech & Drama performances

5. Theatre Experience

The Theatre Experience is a learning journey that aims to expose the pupils to Chinese cultural performances and programmes. Cultural performances such as Drama, Xiang Sheng and puppet show are organised to enrich the pupils’ learning experience and teach them to better appreciate the Chinese culture.

P1 Theatre Experience learning journey

6. Infusing Infocomm Technology (ICT) into Chinese Language Teaching and Learning

To prepare our pupils to be future ready, a wide range of ICT tools and web-based resources are incorporated into the Chinese Language lessons to motivate and engage the pupils in their learning of Chinese Language. Some ICT tools and resources integrated into daily Chinese Language lessons include Xue Le (学乐), iMTL Portal, MC Online Oracy eLand(听说e乐园), Chinese Language Word Games (语文游戏乐翻天)etc. Pupils also learn through home based e-homework assigned in the MC Online portal. Interactive whiteboard will be used in the classrooms to provide the pupils with enriching and engaging lessons. Computer lab lessons are also scheduled for the pupils, during which typing of Chinese characters with Hanyu Pinyin input will be taught to pupils.

7. Drop Everything And Read (DEAR Programme)

As reading is one of the essential ways towards building competency in a language, this initiative by the Mother Tongue (MT) Department runs broad-base Reading Programmes in the 3 Mother Tongue languages. Pupils will be engaged in various activities after reading the selected books.

The Reading Programme aims to instil a love for reading MT storybooks in our pupils. The programme seeks to expose pupils to different genre of books suitable for their reading levels. Through reading, pupils will be able to build up their vocabulary of Chinese words and also build their confidence as they make improvements in their reading and comprehension skills.

8. Eureka! Talent Management

Our pupils who display the aptitude and attitude to acquire skills and knowledge in the Chinese Language are given opportunities to represent the school in Chinese Language competitions, performances and talent showcases.

Pupils are identified in the following ways:

  • Performance in school-based Chinese programmes and Chinese enrichment workshops
  • Teachers’ recommendations based on class participation and aptitude


Primary 1

Primary 2

Primary 3

Primary 4

Useful Links

1. Xue Le 学乐:http://xuele.moe.edu.sg

2. Chinese Language Word Games 语文游戏乐翻天:http://game.iflashbook.com
3. Oracy eLand 听说e乐园:http://oracyeland.moe.edu.sg

4. MC Online: http://www.mconline.sg

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