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Mother Tongue Language


VISION: NURTURING ACTIVE LEARNERS AND PROFICIENT USERS

The Mother Tongue department aims to equip Navalites with competency in using Mother Tongue languages as a communication tool and to develop in them an appreciation for the richness of their cultures and history. We believe that learning MTL enables our students to understand and develop their unique identities through a deeper appreciation of culture, traditions, literature and history.

Programmes and Activities

The Mother Tongue department encourages students in the active learning of their Mother Tongue Languages through our programmes. In the various activities, our students develop an appreciation for their unique cultures.

Our programmes and activities include:

Reading Programme 

Enrichment Programme

Celebration of Festivals

Cultural Performance Exposure 

MTL Fortnight and Language & Cultural Camp


MTL Gallery

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NBSS MTL DEPARTMENT



CELEBRATIONS OF FESTIVALS @NBSS




MOTHER TONGUE FORTNIGHT (MALAY UNIT)


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MOTHER TONGUE FORTNIGHTS
- Nasi Ambeng Experience during Sec 2 ML Cultural Camp - an event which allowed the students to learn the tradition associated with the dish and its inherent values.

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MOTHER TONGUE FORTNIGHTS - Sec 3 Silat Workshop where Navalites gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of silat’s history and values within the Malay culture. They also learn about the importance of self-discipline and respect.

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MOTHER TONGUE FORTNIGHTS - Sec 4/5 Pantun Festival where Navalites were challenged to think critically and creatively to communicate ideas and feelings in the traditional oral form of expression.

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MOTHER TONGUE FORTNIGHTS – Navalites immersed in competitive fervor as the Sahibba (scrabble) heats were held for the Secondary 1 to 3 participants. Friendships were set aside as finalists got down in a battle of wits and words, scrambling to score points in grids by appending letters to gain the upper hand.

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MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT FOR WAYANG KULIT
– Navalites were nimble and adaptable in picking up new instruments to provide colour and verve for the staging of the traditional puppet-shadow play..

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APPRECIATING AND LEARNING TRADITIONAL GAMES – Our Secondary 1 students showing flair in picking up the games their parents used to play while exhibiting determination in scoring points in true Navalite style.


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MOTHER TONGUE FORTNIGHTS
- Sec 4/5’s showed their poise in crafting and using pantuns in a spontaneous battle with fellow contestants and audience alike. Language learning can be taken to new levels of enjoyment with a dash of confidence and a desire to always improve!

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STORYBOARDING IN WAYANG KULIT STYLE
– Synergy showed by our Secondary 3 students in developing storylines, creating intriguing characters and weaving them all together in a vibrant showcase of lights and shadows.

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RHYTHM IN MOTION – Listening intently as they strived to create a synchronous rhythm with the kompang. A wonderful learning experience for our students as they came together to put up a marvellous show with their schoolmates.

 

MOTHER TONGUE FORTNIGHT (TAMIL UNIT)


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MOTHER TONGUE FORTNIGHT Lighting up of lamp by school leaders to mark the beginning of the Pongal Harvest Festival and Rangoli making by the secondary 3 students with the help of teachers 


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MOTHER TONGUE FORTNIGHT Banana Leaf Treats 2020: Secondary 4 and 5 students dressed up in their ethnic costumes serving Indian Food for their friends and teachers.

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MOTHER TONGUE FORTNIGHT Secondary 1 students at Rhythm Aesthetics Society learning different types of classical musical instruments 


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MOTHER TONGUE FORTNIGHT Pongal Pot painting done by our very own secondary 2 students 



MOTHER TONGUE FORTNIGHT (CHINESE UNIT)

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 SEAL ENGRAVING  Secondary 3 students gained a better understanding of the origin of their surnames and the evolution of the Chinese characters      through this activity, thus strengthening their sense of identity. 


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FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD! Secondary 2 students making rice balls, dumplings and mocha to better appreciate the celebration of traditional festivals and the values imbued within.


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CREATE YOUR OWN NEWSPAPER COMPETITION – Our Chinese students in their element, reaching new heights every year in this competition organized by the Committee to Promote Chinese Language Learning, SPH and Xinmin Secondary School. 


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CREATE YOUR OWN NEWSPAPER COMPETITION – A fantastic opportunity for our students who gained valuable first hand experience interviewing the journalists and production team behind our daily broadsheets, putting into practice their knowledge of the language. 

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CREATE YOUR OWN NEWSPAPER COMPETITION – Blending artistry and language into eye catching pieces that attract readers, a worthwhile skill picked up by the participants in the competition. 

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CREATE YOUR OWN NEWSPAPER COMPETITION
So much more that goes into producing a newspaper article that seeks to inform, educate, illuminate and satiate the thirst for knowledge and information in this era. Kudos to our Navalites for their inspiring efforts! 

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