18 Jan '11, 11pm

More interactivity in mother tongue-language learning: When they take the Primary School Leaving Examinati...

The teaching and testing of mother tongue languages (MTL) will now focus on nurturing students to be proficient users of the language. -- ST PHOTO PUPILS who enter Primary 1 from next year will be studying their mother tongue languages differently from now. There will be greater emphasis on real-life usage and interaction skills, both oral and written. When they take the Primary School Leaving Examination in 2017, one-fifth of the mother-tongue exam will be items that test these skills. The change is part of an overhaul of the way that the Education Ministry (MOE) approaches mother tongue teaching. Instead of training students just to do well in existing examinations, MOE aims to get students to see and use their mother tongue as living languages - languages that enable them to communicate with others and to connect with their cultural heritage. It is in the process of dev...

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