Mother Tongue

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Is The Idea Of A “Mother Tongue” Still Relevant?

Not only have initiatives such as immersion programmes, internships in Asia, and the use of digital technologies or even differentiated approaches in the classroom – so that Singaporeans will continue “to understand that bilingualism is part of the country’s national identity and their cultural heritage” (TODAY, Jul. 5) – been mooted before, but unless there are more concrete ways to quantify their effectiveness, and by extension how students have benefited from these initiatives, little progress will be made. After all, despite attempts to raise standards of second-language education, anecdotes seem to show that many Singaporeans continue to struggle in school, and at the workplace. Continue reading