To ensure continuous student engagement in teaching and learning (T&L), The Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE) emphasises on the design of learning experiences that encourages Joy of Learning. The design of learning materials takes into consideration, students’ affective and cognitive engagement to improve teaching and learning in the classroom. In the teaching and learning of Mother Tongue Languages (MTL), these considerations have been instrumental in guiding curriculum resource developers in designing T&L materials, especially digital resources, which encourage students to build a strong foundation in Mother Tongue Language, develop greater confidence in using their Mother Tongue language in daily lives, and concomitantly, keeping the language alive. This focus in ICT is the result of the Mother Tongue Languages (MTL) review in 2010 where the incorporation of ICT in T&L of MTL was recommended to inculcate active and proficient users of MTL. This was further accelerated with the roll out of Student Learning Space (SLS) made available to Singapore schools in 2018. These innovations gave rise to different types of digital resources to engage students in the learning of MTL. These design considerations of digital resource development bring about positive feedback from secondary school students and teachers in engaging students affectively and cognitively.
Siti Raihana Husainni, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore