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Mother Tongue

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HOD/MT: 
SH/CL:
Mdm Tan Nan Sy
Mr Leow Xiang Poo 
Coordinators:






Sec 1 CL & HCL: Mr Leow Xiang Poo 
Sec 2 CL & CLB: Mr Christopher Sim Wee Ming
Sec 3 CL: Mdm Zhang Lijuan 
Sec 4/5 CL: Mdm Chia Jun Ru
Basic Chinese: Mdm Pan Chuk Yuen
ML, Asian Lang. & Foreign Lang.: Mdm Nur Izzati Bte Jasni
TL & NTIL: Mdm Singarajan Geetha 

Department Objectives:

We strive to create a vibrant academic environment that supports the acquisition of Mother Tongue languages in a fun and engaging manner whereby students not only acquire the functional and creative use of Mother Tongue languages, they also develop a passion for the language.


Key Focus and Rationale:

The Mother Tongue (MT) Department focuses on developing individual student’s ability to read, write and communicate in their MT language as well as developing students' appreciation of various cultural traditions, cultures and languages.

This is to prepare students to face challenges in an increasing globalised world. With a sound foundation in their own languages and cultures as well as an appreciation of cultures, they would have the ability to connect with people from different cultures, traditions and languages.


Subjects Offered​:

    • ​​(in-house, for Sec 1-5): Chin​ese, Malay, Tamil, Higher Chinese, Basic Chinese, Basic Malay, Basic Tamil​ 
    • (at the various centres, for Sec 4 ONLY): CL 'B', ML 'B', TL 'B' *
    • (at various centres, for eligible students): Asian Languages & Foreign Languages
*Pls take note of the following: 
  • all SJC students, except for those granted MT exemption, MUST do their approved Mother Tongue from Sec 1 to 3.  
  • For students who are eligible to take MT 'B' syllabus, they will only be offered the subject in Sec 4. 
    These Sec 4 students will attend lessons at the following centres:
            CL'B': Compassvale Sec School/ St Patrick's Sec School
            ML'B': MOE Language Centre (Bishan)
            TL'B': Umar Pulavar Tamil Language Centre  

Hindi Parallel Programme

The school will gradually phase out the Hindi Parallel Programme, by not taking in new Sec 1 (from 2018) parallel programme students. We will still continue classes for existing students until they graduate. As such, Hindi ISPP will be completely phased out in 2021.

Asian/Foreign Languages as MT in-lieu

In order to better prepare our students offering Asian/Foreign Languages as MT in-lieu for their national examination at the end of Secondary 4, the school will be registering all students to take the year-end examination conducted by the MOE Language Centre (MOELC) starting from 2020. The year-end examination will serve as feedback for students undertaking private study. 

The year-end examination will be held in Term 4, in the month of September. Details of the examination will be provided by the MOELC. 

Results of Asian/Foreign Language examinations administered by the MOELC will be reflected in the student’s school report book and taken into consideration, along with the other subjects, for the promotion onto the next level. 

To support the learning of the language and prepare for the examination, all students will be expected to enrol themselves in either MOELC or private lessons. As there are limited vacancies at the MOELC, students are required to take up private lessons.  They are also required to show documentation that indicates the learning of the language. This will be done at the start of each year.

Pls refer to the following websites as a guide: 

Innovative Programmes / Curriculum:

(A) Teaching and learning

    • New Curriculum with emphasis on Listening & Oral skills presentation and critical & inventive thinking skills.
    • Use of ICT tools such as McOnline and iMTL platform to support learning.
    • Revising & creating baseline resources to meet the learning needs of students.
    • Department White space and Open lesson to level up teaching competency.

(B) Emphasis on reading as a life skill which is reflected in our effort to promote reading in school. Students are provided the opportunity to read newspapers, magazines, novels of different genres and non-fiction texts.

(C) Develop an in-depth understanding of different cultures through various enrichment programmes organised by the department.


Key Events / Activities:

  • "向洋约你●爱上华文"校访秀
    "A Date with Hartono. In Love with Chinese" Campus Show
  • Language & Cultural Camps
  • Mother Tongue Fortnight
  • Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations
  • Overseas trip or fieldtrip: expose students to usage and appreciation of Mother Tongue Language.
  • National/Cluster Schools’ MT language Competition.
  • "Meet-the-Author" Workshop 

  • MT CoOL, Learning MT from Celebrities

  • Cultural exposure: students attend performance under "Cultural Exposure Scheme" (CL). 
            - Sec1 Arts Appreciation Programme - Our Songs, Our Stories

  • Sec 1 TL: Cultural Games

  • Sec 1 ML: Ondeh-ondeh

  • Sec 2 TL: Rangoli

  • Sec 2 ML: Dikir Barat

  • Sec 3 TL: Creative Writing

  • Sec 3 ML: Public Speaking

  • The Voice of SJC


  • Spring Festival Celebrations 2017 金鸡报喜贺新春


  • MT CoOL Programme -- Learning CL from Celebrities "名师学堂"
    王德远老师主讲《阿婆的手》



Useful Links:

  1. 圣婴圣若瑟首次举行越野赛跑 (published on 26 Mar 2015, Zaobao Comma)
  2. 圣婴女中(圣若瑟)学生爱上新谣 (published on 28 Apr 2015, Zaobao Comma)
  3. 圣婴圣若瑟 醒狮迎春师生乐开怀 (published on 30 Mar 2016, Zaobao Comma)
  4. 青春无畏 逐梦扬威 (published on 11 May 2016, Zaobao Comma)
  5. 韩流来袭 影响何在? (published on 20 Jul 2016, Zaobao Comma)
  6. 《圣婴好声音》唱响青春,  放飞梦想 (published on 5 Oct 2016, Zaobao Comma)
  7. 颁奖礼肯定学生努力 (published on 6 July  2016, Zaobao Comma)
  8. 圣婴女中学生 看相声喜剧学华语 (published on 14 Dec 2016, Lianhe Zaobao )
  9. 新年庆祝会 教师献才艺 (published on 1 March 2017, Zaobao Comma)
  10. 圣婴圣若瑟  英式女篮 (Published on 11 May 2017, Zaobao Comma)