British-based Learning with an International Perspective


Tanglin's Philosophy and Approach for the Teaching and Learning of Modern Foreign Languages

At Tanglin, we value language learning and recognise the increasing relevance of modern foreign languages (MFL) given the economic rise of the East and the increased mobility of tomorrow’s global citizens. Our aim is to develop languages through carefully planned programmes for all students from Nursery to Year 11, with options to continue through to Year 13.

Our guiding principles are to encourage a love of languages and an appreciation of cultures, as well as to equip our students with essential language learning skills which will form a strong platform for fluency and further study if appropriate. Language lessons must be of a high standard and be delivered in the same motivating and inclusive way as all other lessons if they are to be successful. Children should look forward to their language lessons and take pride in their increasing abilities to communicate in another tongue.

Language learning at Tanglin is characterised by active learning in stimulating and supportive classroom environments. Lessons are led by well qualified, experienced language teachers, supported by fluent teacher assistants in the Infant and Junior Schools.

Languages in the Junior School

Recognising our location in Singapore and the increasing importance of China in the global economy, all children in the Infant and Junior Schools have weekly Chinese (Mandarin) lessons. Children who speak Mandarin at home and already have a very high competency participate in these lessons with their classmates but also have the opportunity to attend enrichment sessions.

We encourage all students who speak a language other than English at home to continue to develop their skills in their 'mother-tongue'. We support this through a mother-tongue programme for the Junior School; this involves facilitating tuition for native speakers of French, Spanish, Urdu, Hindi and Japanese.