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Head of Department: Tan Boon Tiong (Mr) (Mother Tongue Language)
Subject Head      : Ho Siew Min (Mdm) (Chinese Language)      
                               Arlinah Arsad (Mdm) (Malay Language) 
Senior Teachers:  Law Kim Hwee (Ms) (Chinese Language) and
                               Magayshvari (Mdm) (Tamil Language)


Passionate and self-driven learners of Mother Tongue language and Culture


To ignite passion in pursuit of excellence in the teaching and learning of the Mother Tongue language and culture, shaping attitudes and values


The pictorial framework represents the philosophy of teaching of the Mother Tongue languages in Tanjong Katong Primary.

The heart represents the love and passion in learning the Mother Tongue language, which includes culture, values and attitude. In order to develop this love and passion to achieve the MT vision and mission, students need to be immersed in a conducive learning environment. The purple house frame depicts the desired learning environment which is enriching, fun and supportive.

To achieve this, both parents and teachers need to work together hand in hand.


In line with our mission and vision, we aim to equip our pupils with a strong foundation in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills for effective communication and an enjoyable Mother Tongue language learning experience. The following strategies are adopted by the Mother Tongue department in our teaching and learning:

1. 3I Approach – Instruction, Interaction and Inquiry
2. MTV Routines
3. ICT Integration


In line with our teaching philosophy and to achieve our MT vision and mission, these are the key programmes of the MT Department:

1. MT Speech and Drama Programme (P1 and P2)
2. MT Learning Journey (P1 to P3)
3. MT Fortnight (P1 to P6)
4. High-Ability (HA) Enrichment Programme


We monitor pupils’ learning through a wide range of assessment modes, both formative and summative. These assessments are used to provide feedback to facilitate future learning (formative) and to ascertain pupils’ level of language competency at that point in time (summative). The various modes of assessment include: 

 1) Performance-based Assessment such as show-and-tell, speech & drama, reading aloud, stimulus-based conversation etc. 

 2) Pen-and-Paper Assessment which are mainly the Semester 1 and 2 Examinations, as well as mini language tests.