MT Fortnight 2018
In August, the Mother Tongue Department organised the Mother Tongue Languages (MTL) Fortnight Programme for our Secondary One to Three students. Our students participated in a plethora of engaging activities that aimed to provide an authentic learning experience for students to understand and appreciate the Chinese and Malay cultures, heighten the use of these languages beyond the classroom and develop students’ interest in the learning of Mother Tongue languages.
A one-day cultural camp was organised for the Secondary One students to provide them with an immersive environment to learn and use the languages. The Chinese students put their crafty hands to work, as they were actively involved in Face Painting and Clay Art.
In addition, the students enjoyed Sichuan Opera Face Changing performance and the interactive session with the performers.
Thereafter, the students went for a drama entitled “Am I Stupid?” by Arts theatre of Singapore. The musical comedy drama adopts creative use of human body expressions and props to present interesting visual effect. It is entertaining and educational.
On the other hand, the Malay students took part
in an array of activities centring upon the theme of Malay Wedding. As Malay
wedding remains an integral part in the Malay society, the Secondary One Malay
Language students heightened their knowledge of the Malay culture through
station activities. They started by learning the art of self-defense, Silat.
Later, they learnt how to play the kompang,
a traditional Malay percussion instrument and make the bunga manggar and
the bunga rampai. The highlight of the event was the staging of a mock
wedding to showcase the activities that they have learnt for the day.
Students learning Silat
Students making the bunga manggar and the bunga rampai
The Secondary Two Chinese students embarked on a learning journey to Chinatown. The students went to Tea Chapter to learn the art of Chinese tea appreciation. As Mid-Autumn Festival was round the corner, the students also underwent a workshop on Mooncake Making, the history of Chang E and the significance of eating mooncake. The workshop was a meaningful one as the students had a thorough experience of the Chinese culture.
The Secondary Two Malay
students embark on a learning journey to Kampung Buangkok. It was an eye-opener
to most of the students as they experienced kampong life. Besides, the students
made traditional Malay Kueh such as Onde-onde, Sambal Belacan, and traditional
face powder known as Bedak Sejuk. These hands-on activities ensured that
students immersed fully in the kampong experience.
The Secondary Three Chinese students participated in a clay-making activity and a fan painting artwork. It was not easy to mould the clay into the desired shapes. It was challenging for the students to do fine art painting on Chinese Fan too. Nevertheless, the students did extremely well in the activity and even managed to impress their instructors.
The Malay students went
to Fort Canning Hill where they learnt about the history of Fort Canning during
the World War Two period. It was a fruitful session as not only did the
students understand the significance of Fort Canning in Singapore, they also
learnt about the difference herbs and spices at the Spice Garden and produced a
Malay Salad called Ulam.
In conclusion, the Mother Tongue fortnight activities promoted authentic usage and exposure to Mother Tongue Languages. The students enjoyed these fun-packed activities immensely. Through the programme, the students gained deeper insights into their own culture and learned to appreciate them better. Most importantly, they realised the practicality of conversing in their own Mother Tongue.