We believe that all students should be allowed to develop their mother tongue. We recognize the strength and the great benefits of learning one’s mother tongue as well as of deepening the understanding of one’s own culture. The mother tongue language is an integral part of the student’s identity and a strong connection to a home culture leads to “better self-esteem, intercultural awareness, and international-mindedness” (IBO, 2009, p 30).
For our Singaporean Citizens and Permanent Residents, we comply with the Singapore Ministry of Education’s Mother Tongue Language (MTL) Requirements.Click here to access the school policy on MTL Requirements.
We also strongly believe that, in an ever-changing linguistic world, students should endeavor to achieve a high level of competence in two languages. This is shown through the continued study of the mother tongue, and an additional language.
Not only does the study of two languages enable our students to communicate effectively in an increasingly global context, but it also empowers them to understand the cultures of other people. Through language learning, we expose students to various societies and people who speak and use these languages, thereby providing students with a more holistic understanding and appreciation of other languages.