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Mother Tongue Languages


Philosophy


The YTSS Mother Tongue department believes that Mother Tongue education serves an important role in helping students understand their own culture and heritage. Through the learning of Mother Tongue, students will gain insight into the history and culture of their ethnicity which will shape their self and cultural identity, heighten their self-awareness and give them a full appreciation of their life situation.

It is also the belief of the department that Mother Tongue language serves to impart personal and societal values to the students. Through appreciation of texts rich in ethics and values, students learn to be upright and responsible individuals. Through discussions of current affairs, students learn to think critically and form their own opinions, at the same time, learn to tolerate and understand people from different walks of life. It will also sharpen their cognitive and life skills.

Vision


A community of passionate learners and proficient users who take pride in their cultural heritage

Mission

• To build a team of competent and passionate teachers.
• To impart the love of learning and appreciation of our Mother Tongue languages and culture.
• To develop confident and proficient users of Mother Tongue languages.

Desired Outcomes of the YTSS Mother Tongue Education


• YTzens who are confident in communicating no need ideas as communicating includes ideas through speaking and writing of Mother Tongue
• YTzens who can think creatively, critically and reflectively
• YTzens with values and ethics that are crucial for them to tackle the challenges posed by the increasing globalised world and innovation-based economy. 

Mother Tongue Department Activities


Through the provision of a rich curriculum, the Mother Tongue Department is committed to nurture every student to be proficient in the use of Mother Tongue languages, to appreciate and respect cultures associated with their Mother Tongue languages. The department stretches students through differentiated activities that are learner centred. These activities aim to improve the students’ language skills and mould them to be confident, independent and lifelong learners of the Mother Tongue languages. 

Mother Tongue Fortnight and Cultural Camp
YTzens from Secondary One to Three were exposed to many meaningful activities, such as cultural-related workshops, talks by authors and news broadcasters, traditional food making and appreciation workshops, a movie and music appreciation workshop, poetry recital, skit or cross talk competition, book review exhibition and visits to the Malay Heritage Centre. Through these fun and innovative activities, YTzens have learnt to appreciate and gain deeper insight into their Mother Tongue Languages and culture. 

Talent Development Programme
Students who have a keen interest and aptitude towards Mother Tongue languages were given the opportunity for greater exposure and learning. 
They were selected to represent the school in various competitions, such as debate competitions, writing competitions, crosstalk competitions etc. These inter-school competitions gave students the avenue to further develop their writing or oral communication skills and the opportunity to learn from students from other schools. 

Authentic Learning Experiences  
Every year, the department embarked on rendering YTzens authentic learning experiences through Lenspeak and News Video Production projects. These projects aim to inject the element of fun and creativity into the learning of Mother Tongue languages by making our Teaching and Learning come “alive”. 

Guidance was given in the form of feedback on a regular basis where teachers adopted the conscientious use of the 4 levels of feedback, varied the type of feedback for respective students at different points of time to level up their projects systematically. Teachers ensured that guidance and feedback given catered to the students’ learning pace and needs, making their authentic learning experience not just doable but a rich and enjoyable process.

For Lenspeak, students were introduced to the concept of telling a story through the lens (photographs) and words. Various writing skills were reinforced and students applied these skills to enhance the narration of their stories through the use of Similes, Metaphors and symbolism. Students also learnt how to present their thoughts and ideas in the form of photographs and the use of different angles to look at their surroundings. 

Through News Video Production, the department aims to develop in students various skills such as language skills, computer skills, organising, information processing, critical thinking, and teamwork via broadcasting. The project created a real-life context for learning through which students’ confidence, autonomy, and sense of responsibility were enhanced.