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Malay

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Vision

Nurturing confident and eloquent speakers of the Malay Language.

Key Programmes and Highlights

Extensive Reading Programme

This programme provides a platform for our pupils to read widely so that they can develop their imagination and widen their vocabulary. They are encouraged to read any genre of Malay books and do a reflection of the books that they have read. This programme is for P2-P5 Malay Language pupils.

The progress of ICT in teaching and learning in the past decade has been very encouraging. There will be new changes and progress in this field every day. ICT should be used widely in teaching and learning as it is an effective and useful tool. The use of ICT in teaching and learning will engage the pupils to the lesson as the lesson will be interesting and entertaining. Pupils will be able to acquire and increase their competency in computer skills indirectly through the use of ICT in teaching and learning.

ICT is used in teaching and learning of Malay language in 3 main areas namely,

  1. Jejak Kampung (Kampung Trail) using the Trail Shuttle application
  2. iMTL Portal for Primary 5 and 6
  3. Interactive teaching materials

Jejak Kampung using Shuttle Trail 

The Malay Language Department has identified the need to implement the use of ICT in line with
global developments and also the importance of preparing the students with 21st century efficiency. Therefore, we created a Malay lesson using technology to make the language come alive for students. 

The objective of the lesson is to encourage students to speak in proper sentences and become eloquent Malay Language speakers. The trail is based on T.A.S.T.E that stands for:

  • Trace
  • Assess
  • Speak
  • Touch
  • Experience

Using the Trail Shuttle application, students were able to:

1. Trace the development of their own kampong gardens with their peers where they collaborate, reason, select and decide fruit trees to plant.

2. Assess their own learning through quizzes and questions at regular intervals during the trail.

3. Speak in complete sentences during their trail to explain and elaborate on their choices and observations.

4. Touch – first they touch the smartphone or tablet, next they touch the authentic fruit trees in the school’s newly-developed Outdoor Experiential Learning area.

5. Experience the sight and smell of different fruit trees e.g. chilli, kedondong, limau kasturi, mango, pineapple, bananas and jambu batu. 

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The advantage of  conducting this Trail Shuttle activity is that students learn and transfer knowledge from the abstract to the concrete and the same set of learning content can be adapted to suit each student's learning ability, pace and style.

Interactive Mother Tongue Languages Portal

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Interactive Mother Tongue Languages (iMTL) portal is a collaborative learning environment for language learning. The portal provides students with various learning materials so as to build their mother tongue language skills including Malay Language through more activity-based approach.

iMTL portal promotes the use of ICT widely by using the latest technology for the Evaluation of Speech. The portal can be accessed by students at any time for them to learn. This allows teachers to engage students in activities beyond the classroom to enhance students' language skills.

The system consists of various modules that are useful for teachers to manage the activities or oral practices during language classes respectively. Teachers are able to prepare a variety of content, materials and interactive activities so as to meet the diverse learning needs of students. 

Interactive teaching materials were also used in teaching and learning of language components. These teaching materials emphasize on the concept of the language components and pedagogical aspect of teaching the language components.

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Achievements

Lensa Bahasa Competition 2014

Fairfield Methodist School (Primary) emerged as the top 5 for primary school category of the Lensa Bahasa Competition 2014 (a vodcast competition) for the fourth time in a row. The objective of the competition was to stimulate creativity through cooperation between teachers and students in producing video clips for teaching and learning of Malay Language in the classroom.

The team consisted of five Primary 5 students and was guided by Cikgu Abdul Hadi & Cikgu Zamree, assisted by Mr Elfian from the ICT Department. The team produced a video clips entitled "Demi Janjiku" (My Promise) based on a story about a Malay Man who is a single parent make a lot of sacrifices to raise 2 children. During the process of producing the video clips, students were guided to elevate their thinking and language skills through script writing and oratory skills.

The production process took close to 2 months to complete and also with the haze problem that year, it provided additional challenges to complete the production.

The prize was presented to the students in September 2014 at Singapore Academy of Teachers by Deputy Director of ML CPPD.

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Global Outlook

In March 2014, the Malay Language Department embarked on their immersion and cultural overseas learning journey to Jakarta and Bandung. The Primary Four, Five and Six students would experience an overseas trip with their friends for the first time. From this experience, they are able to be independent, responsible and respect others during the trip.

During the trip, they are able to appreciate the natural beauty of Indonesia, enriched their knowledge on traditional and cultures, different environment in school and learn how to be grateful. The bus journeys helped the students to build good relationship with their friends and strengthened the teams bonding through some activities.

Before embarking on their journey back to Singapore, some of the students purchased souvenirs for their loved ones for remembrance. This trip has taught the students responsibility and hopefully the students are more aware of what goes beyond Singapore.

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Updated as at Term 1, 2016