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The Mother Tongue Department




Department Vision:

Effective global communicators rooted in values with a love for the languages and cultures

Department Mission:

To nurture Active Learners, Proficient Users anchored in values who embrace their ethnic identities

To develop Forward Thinkers with a global outlook and appreciation for unity in diversity

The Mother Tongue Team

Ms Eileen Chew Qian Ru (HOD)

Ms Tan Lay Teng (LH/CL)

Chinese Unit

Mdm Wong Mui Lin

Mdm Whong Tung Geok

Mdm Lee Low Eng

Ms Chen Lanqing

Mdm Su Xiaoling

Mr Tham Wenxi

Mr Kim Kin Seng

Mr Yang Peiqiang

Mr Qiao Chengyan

Mr Tan Kim Yam

Malay Unit

Ms Mohamed Naguib Ngadnan

Mdm Siti Fatimah B Muhammad

Ms Mohamed Sis Norhidayah

Ms Nadia Sharin

Ms Nur Shahirah Sha Hir

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The Mother Tongue teachers of Mayflower Secondary School believe that it is important for students to not only learn the Mother Tongue Languages but also grow to love the cultures behind them. Hence their role to create and maintain an immersive environment for the learning of these languages in school is important. The annual Chinese New Year celebrations and the Mother Tongue Fortnight programmes are the culmination of our attempt to ensure that cultural awareness is interwoven in our teaching of the languages

Other than using Assessment for Learning (AfL) strategies to meet the learning needs of students, this year the Chinese Language Unit also worked with Mr Lim Chin Nam, a Master Teacher from SCCL to learn more about Differentiated Instruction (DI). Our Malay Unit also engaged the assistance of Cikgu Muhammad Rafi from Malay Language Centre of Singapore (MLCS) to learn more about ML Narrative Writing. 

Other than working on our teaching expertise, the department also organized a variety of activities such as aesthetic outings, enrichment programmes and competitions to engage the students. 

Xin Lei Writing Competition:
In April 2017, three of our Secondary 1 and Higher Chinese students took part the 14th National Chinese Creative Writing Competition organized by Singapore Hokkien Huay Guan, Singapore Literary Society,  Nan Chiau Secondary School and zbCOMMA. This was good exposure for the students as they were tested their creativity, language skills and also their ability to think on their feet.

Zoombara 2017:
On Saturday morning of 11th February 2017, four of our Secondary 2 pupils made their way to the far end of Singapore to participate in Zoombara 2017, an Amazing Race-type game to promote the usage of the Malay Language. Held in National Institute of Education, the participants were divided into mixed groups comprising of pupils from different schools and genders. The participants learned to work together through effective communication using the Malay language. At the end of the whole-day competition, our representatives received some tokens, certificates of participation and forged many new friendships. 

National Sahibba Challenge 2017: 
This year, we sent a team to our first foray in the National Sahibba Challenge, the Piala Cendekia Sahibba 2017. The team was made up of four Secondary 3 Express pupils: Nursyahindah (3A), Nurul Fatihah (3D), Muhammad Nurhaziq (3E) and Araya Faiza (3J). Played similarly to Scrabble, letter tiles were placed on game boards in quick successions, marks calculated and team rankings updated. After two rounds of games, Team Mayflower came out fourth in the Zonal overall standings; we missed out on the National Finals by one spot. As a newcomer in this competition, we have learnt many lessons, and will look forward to next year’s competition!   

Recognitions and Achievements:
In view of Mr Naguib’s dedication and commitment to learning of the Malay Language in the classroom and beyond, the school nominated him for the Arif Budiman Malay Language Teachers’ Award 2017.


Mother Tongue Language Fortnight 2017

For 2017, the Mother Tongue Department had the 1st part of the Mother Tongue Fortnight 2017 in conjunction with Lunar New Year celebration. This year, our theme for Mother Tongue Language Fortnight 2017 is “Common Language, Unique Talents”, where the students participated in various cultural activities to get to know their Mother Tongue languages and the unique practices of the different cultures. 


Hands On Workshops for Students:
In July this year, as the second part of our MT fortnight activities, the MT department conducted Paper Art Workshops for Sec 1NT & 1NA students. The Secondary 2 students on the other hand had fan painting sessions where they learnt about the meaning behind the poems that their paintings represented.   

Culture Appreciation Learning Journeys for Students:
We have arranged culture appreciation learning journeys for our Secondary 1 and 3 students which includes Chinese Tea Art Appreciation and heritage tour to Kampong Lorong Buangkok.     

Sec 2 HCL Speech and Drama Workshop 2017:   
As part of our MT Fortnight cultural exposure, the Secondary 2 HCL students embarked on a 1-month learning experience from July to August to learn the basics of drama, including script writing, acting and stage performance. They wrote scripts based on the given themes, and presented their skits on stage.   

Malay Cultural Experience:
In February 2016, the Mother Tongue Department had our first part of the Mother Tongue Fortnight. The theme was ‘Budaya Rentas Masa’ (A Culture Across Time), and the activities revolve the exploration of the Malay culture and its evolution across history. 

The main activity was the learning journey in February to the ‘last kampung mosque in Singapore’, Masjid Petempatan Melayu Sembawang which nestles cosily in a secluded nook near the Sembawang beach, organized for our Secondary 1 and 3 pupils. The students were introduced to the behind-the-scene look of how a kampung house was constructed – without nails! This was followed by a hands-on activity which allowed the pupils to learn about the Jawi script. The much-anticipated segment came at the end: a feast of Nasi Ambeng. This is a traditional kampung cuisine of white rice served with mouth-watering dishes. This cuisine was served in the ‘makan berdamai’-style – translating as a ‘peaceful feast’.

During the March holidays, three of our Secondary 4 Express pupils signed up for a Journalism Camp jointly-organized by Berita Harian and ITE Central. The two full-days long camp saw the participants being introduced to the world of journalism. Nursyaza Nadya (4D), Nurul Ayuni (4D) and Nur Istiqamah (4E) were to take on the roles of a reporter, a graphic designer and the camera-woman, after which they had to produce a mock-up cover page of their own newspaper! Though it was a gruelling two days of activities, the pupils had an enjoyable time while being taught insights on the going-ons of how a news story becomes front page news.

Mother Tongue Language Fortnight Cultural Camp 2017:
The MT Department organized our Cultural Camp 2017 on 16th August 2017. This major annual event saw the involvement of over 150 pupil-participants from Secondary 3 across all streams. The 2.5-hour event had two segments: the cultural stations and the Escape Room challenges. These challenges tested the pupils’ will power, patience and perseverance, and at the same time, challenged them to think of creative and out-of-the-box solutions.

Chinese New Year Celebrations:
To welcome the year of the Rooster, the Mother Tongue Department has engaged both the staff and the student population in the preparation and celebration of the Lunar New Year. This year, we invited the Lion Dance to add atmosphere to the festive event and our very own performing arts groups put up a series of dances and songs and brought much happiness and laughter to the audience.

In alignment with the Mayflower Promise, we hope to remind students to have a generous spirit while celebrating the Lunar New Year with our dear ones. Hence, the mother tongue Department brought together everyone to prepare Hampers of Love packed with food and household items and donated them to the senior citizens from Asian Women’s Welfare Association (AWWA). The senior citizens were also invited to join the school for our celebration. This year, they were hosted by students from the Info Comm Club. Their hospitality brought much joy to the senior citizens.


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                      Art-quarium Display



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Fan Painting Session

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Paper Cutting Session



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Cultural Quiz Booth 


Hari Raya Concert:
To celebrate and share the festivities of Hari Raya Aidilfitri, the ML Unit used the Assembly slot on 14th July 2017 to hold a mini-concert for all Mayflowerians. It was a simple yet meaningful concert to showcase what the spirit of Hari Raya is all about. Performers donned their traditional costumes while the appreciative audience was presented with a song and dance item by our students and an original skit which gave us more information about the festival. It was a very festive and informative session enjoyed by all!

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Learning Journey to Masjid Petempatan Melayu Sembawang 4


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Heritage Tour to Kampong Lorong Buangkok

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