SINGAPORE: A mother tongue portal that was piloted in more than 90 schools in Singapore has received positive feedback.
Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said the ministry has plans to scale up the portal, known as iMTL, to all schools from upper primary to junior college level from 2015.
Speaking at the MOE ExCEL Fest event on Friday, he explained when it comes to mother tongue subjects, students have a range of starting points.
He said students are also increasingly connected to the internet, and many are excited to participate in online learning activities.
The ministry’s curriculum planning and development officers saw in these factors an opportunity to develop the iMTL portal.
The portal is an interactive environment where students build oral proficiency and confidence in their mother tongue subjects.
Through the portal, students are empowered to take charge of their own learning.
The students can give and receive verbal or written feedback from peers, review their work and re-submit it for further inputs.
Mr Heng believes the portal will be especially useful for students who may not have a strong language environment at home.
He stressed that when students are empowered to learn at a pace and in a way that is suitable for them, there will be more active and engaged learners.