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Mother Tongue 

Department Mission

To nurture Broadricians to be an active learner and effective communicator of their MTL through interactive, authentic and meaningful learning experiences.

Our Philosophy and Belief in MTL education

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.
‒Nelson Mandela

In Broadrick, we believe that a strong foundation in Mother Tongue Language (MTL) is essential in giving our students a head start in the future workplace and deepening their roots in their culture. With an increasingly globalised workplace, it is important that our students are bilingual and are able to work well in teams of different ethnicities and nationalities. Being able to work well goes beyond just being able to speak the language. It also means having a deep understanding of one’s culture and an inclusive mindset to forge a mutual understanding of each other’s cultures and practices.

Through interactive, authentic and meaningful learning experiences, we aim to nurture our students to be active learners and effective communicators of their Mother Tongue Languages, rooted to their culture, open to the world.

Key Department Programmes:

Chin-Ta-Yu (MTL Fortnight)

Chin-Ta-Yu is Broadrick Secondary School’s Mother Tongue Language Fortnight. The name originates from an amalgamation of Chinese, Tamil, and Melayu, and the programme seeks to promote language and cultural awareness among our students and provide a platform for students to learn and use their Mother Tongue Languages in a novel and authentic ways.

Chinese Unit Activities

Malay Unit Activities

Tamil Unit Activities

Celebration of Festivals
To celebrate the diversity of our Singapore Culture

Conversational Chinese and Malay Programme for Secondary 1s

To strengthen bonds among students of different races, and at the same time helping them acquire another Mother Tongue Language used in our society.

News-in-Education Programme (Reading Programme)

To nurture a love for reading through the Mother Tongue Languages and equip students with critical thinking skills through discussion of current affairs. This programme is conducted every fortnightly within MTL lessons.

Student Talent Programme

Students identified for our talent programme represent our school in various MTL competitions as well as be involved in planning or leading school-based events. Our students have done us proud by clinching awards.


Title of Award / Achievement

Student Participant(s)


[TL] Oratorical Competition organised by  Tampines East Indian Activity Executive Committee, 2nd Prize

Pon Vinitha D/O

Ramachandran of 3A2


[ML] Cepat Tepat Competition by E5 Cluster Malay Language (Sec) Support Group, 3rd Prize

Nur Adilah Bte Mohammad Helmi (3A2)

Muhammad Khilfi B Mohmed K (3H3)

Nur Yazarinah Binte Ahmad Yazid (2S6)


[CL ]2018 National On-the-spot Chinese Story Writing Competition organised by Anglican High School, Lian He Wan Bao and Lingzi Media Pte Ltd, commendation award

Lu Han of 1S6


[CL] 16th National Secondary Schools Creative Writing Competition (新蕾奖) organized by Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan, 2nd Prize (Lower Secondary Category)

Lu Han of 1S6


[CL] 2nd Nanyang Youth Chinese Literature Competition  第二届南洋华文青少年文学奖2018 ) organised by Confucius Institute,

commendation award

Chai Youheng of 4R8


[CL]  15th National Literary Awards (新蕾奖) organised by Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan, 2nd Prize (Lower Secondary Category)

Huang Jie Jie of 2H4 


[CL] Pen Calligraphy Competition organised by Fo Guang Shan, Singapore

Chai You Heng of 3A8 (Commendation Award)

Zhang Yifan of 3A5 (1st in Secondary School Category) 


 [TL] Oratorical Competition organised by  Tampines East Indian Activity Executive Committee, 3rd Prize

Abinaya from 3A4 


[TL]  Proverb Recital Competition organised by Tampines East Indian Activity Executive Committee, Consolation Prize

Alangkrita of 1S3 


 [ML] Creative Essay Writing Competition "Pena Emasku 2017" organised by Edn-Media consultant Pte Ltd.

Nursyaqirah Bte Sawal of 3A6 


 [CL]10 students' essays were chosen to be published in Singapore Asia Publishers 《好作文》, a collection of good essays written by Secondary School students. This book is available for purchase in local bookstores.

2H4 Ong Teck Ang
2H4 Teo Hao Jun
2H4 Ye Siyin
2H4 Joey Lin Qian Ting
3A5 Zhang Yifan
4R8 Belinda Liau
4R9 Tan Eileen
4R11 Sharilyn Lim Xin Ying
5E2 Liu Xing
5E2 Ma Chao Han

How to help your child excel in the Mother Tongue Language

Mother Tongue Language can be a challenge for many students. With many students and parents not speaking their Mother Tongue Language at home, it can be difficult to motivate and encourage students to improve their Mother Tongue Language competencies.

Here are some tips that might help your child excel in the language.

1.    Build the interest

If your child already finds Mother Tongue Language difficult, it is likely that your child does not have a strong interest in the subject. Instead of giving more assessment papers and newspaper articles to read, it might be useful to build the interest for the language first.

It would be worthwhile to find out what interests your child. Is it listening to music, watching TV dramas or playing games? Every child is different. Once you know what your child is interested in, then you can then suggest having him/her try listening to a song or watch a TV drama in their Mother Tongue Language. What we noticed, as teachers, is that when students start to watch TV dramas or listen to songs in the Mother Tongue language, they are more likely to improve.

2.    Sedikit sedikit, lama-lama jadi bukit

Language acquisition and mastery is not an overnight affair. Just like how the Malay proverb  “Sedikit sedikit, lama-lama jadi bukit”  describes it, bit by bit, over time, it will accumulate into a mountain.

Thus, it is important that effort needs to be made daily. This can take the form of reading one more article from the newspaper, listening to fifteen more minutes of the news or writing one more paragraph. Also, it is important to give your child the time and support, as the improvement in academic results would be gradual.

3.    Challenge your child

Teenagers always love challenges, and this can be a way for you to motivate your child to use the language. For example, you could challenge your child to only use his/her Mother Tongue Language when he/she is interacting with a cashier at the supermarket or at the hawker centre. If you want to up the difficulty, you could even have a weekly challenge with your child to only communicate with each other in your Mother Tongue Language for half a day.

Other Useful Information

Candidates taking the Normal (Academic) and Express MTL Syllabus are allowed to use approved dictionaries for their composition writing during written examinations.  Please click on the link below for the list the approved dictionaries/e-dictionaries.