BACK clockwise from top left: Mdm Lay Woon Ting . Mdm
Zhang Shujuan Senior Teacher/Chinese Language . Ms Joan Gan . Mdm Seng
MIDDLE from left: Mdm Cheng Wenli . Ms Ma Lei . Ms Lim
Fang Teng . Ms Shirley Ong . Mr Li Zhengjun . Ms Mastura Senin
FRONT from left: Mdm Sim Hoon Kuan . Mrs Mythily Ezhilmani
. Ms Siti Zainab Zainal . Ms Joanne Tan
NOT IN PHOTO Ms Chen Lanqing
To nurture bilingual learners who are proud to share their heritage and
culture, and able to communicate effectively in a real-world context.
Celebration of Cultural Festivals
Mother Tongue Fortnight Programmes
The Chinese Department seeks to provide a conducive environment for students
to develop reading, writing, listening and comprehension skills and to
express communicate in their Mother Tongue. Through interactive teaching
methods, use of ICT and discussion on current affairs, students gain confidences
in communicating in Their mother Tongue, and also gain an appreciation
for the language. For example, in developing the oral presentation skills
of our students, group activities such as interviews and discussions are
used as platforms to promote interaction and communication among students.
The Chinese Language teachers use the adapted Flipped Classroom approach
where students engage with the discussion topics prior to the lesson, and
students can learn at their own pace. Curriculum time is maximised as students
are able to deepen their understanding of concepts through discussions
with their peers And group activities facilitated by the teacher.
Mother Tongue Fortnight activities are organised annually to provide opportunities
for students to gain a deeper understanding of Chinese culture and heritage
through hands-on activities and programmes. Some examples of activities
are paper-cutting, Chinese calligraphy, Chinese riddles competition.
The department verified believes in the importance of keeping the language
alive and complements classroom learning with experiential learning approaches
and learning journeys.
The Tamil Department aims to provide a holistic learning environment for
our students, working towards moulding our students’ hearts and mind through
various pedagogies and activities. Our girls learn and experience speaking
and writing Tamil Language in fun and interactive ways, enabling our students
to learn the language beyond the curriculum.
ICT – we use extensive ICT tools and approaches enabling our students
to enjoy the language beyond classroom and textbooks.
Language and Culture – enables students to experience Tamil Language and
culture beyond the school and curriculum. Students are exposed to our culture,
tradition and history and are able to learn more about Tamil Language.
Our Mother Tongue fortnight activities and learning Journeys are aimed
to develop a love for the language and instil a sense of belonging in our
Tamil Language Competitions
We focus on the individual learning needs of our students and apply differentiated
teaching strategies to cater to each student. We also send our students
for external competitions organised by community centres and expose them
to the community outside, boosting their self-esteem and confidence.
Our Tamil Language students are encouraged to speak in Tamil increasing
their vocabulary content and using them effectively. Proper intonation,
expression and pronunciation are emphasised for reading at all levels.
To help the students to sharpen their listening skills, they are exposed
to various recordings of different genres like advertisement, conversation
and news reading in class
Focused revision on each examination component is given to students for
all levels. This exposes them to various question types, thus giving them
confidence to tackle such questions. Students are also given revision papers
to help them prepare for examination and time-management is emphasised
in the process.
Tamil Touch-typing Practice
The Malay Language Unit of the Mother Tongue Department at CHIJ aims to
develop the language as a Living Language - one that is used on a day to
day basis, in various environments, by students who are articulate, confident
and passionate about their mother tongue.
Malay Language lessons provide the best opportunity and platform for the
students to learn and inculcate the love for the Malay Language. Leveraging
on the usage of innovative pedagogies and tools, we strive to engage our
students effectively. Also recognising the challenges faced by students
in learning the language, we aim to inculcate, to the best of our ability,
the usage of the language in an authentic learning environment. These will
ensure that our students are articulate in the language.
Mother Tongue Activities
Through the students participation in activities organised such as the
Mother Tongue Fortnight and Learning Journeys, students develop a greater
understanding of the Malay culture and norms. Activities such as the Malay
Language & Cultural Quiz and theatre or drama performances viewing
also provide a platform for the students to explore deeper. These will
develop the confidence in our students in using the language.
Throughout the school year, our students are encouraged to participate
in a myriad of Malay Language competitions and activities organised by
MOE and various organisations. Through their participation in these competitions,
students develop their passion and love for the language. With this, we
hope that our students will also learn to realise the language roles and
importance in the society, country and regional world.