Development of the Proficiency Descriptors Framework for the Teaching, Learning and Assessment of Mother Tongue Languages in Singapore

Development of the Proficiency Descriptors Framework for the Teaching, Learning and Assessment of Mother Tongue Languages in Singapore

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Development of the Proficiency Descriptors Framework for the Teaching, Learning and Assessment of Mother Tongue Languages in Singapore

A Mother Tongue Languages (MTL) Review Committee was set up in January 2010 to propose strategies to enhance the teaching, learning and assessment of MTL in Singapore. With the aim to nurture ‘,active learners and proficient users’, of MTL, the committee recommended the implementation of a proficiency-oriented curriculum. Central to the proficiency-oriented approach is the development of a set of proficiency descriptors that explicitly spell out the six core language skills (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Spoken Interaction, Writing and Written Interaction) and levels of attainment at key stages of learning. To facilitate implementation, the overall proficiency descriptors will be unpacked into various ‘,Can Do’, statements. Language competencies (i.e. language knowledge, language skills and strategies), which students will systematically learn through the MTL courses, have also been identified. To help teachers establish a common understanding about the descriptors, exemplars were developed and focus group discussions were conducted. This paper shares some of the experiences and learning from the process of developing the proficiency descriptors.Keywords: Proficiency Descriptors, Language Competencies, Language Knowledge, Language Skills and strategies, Can Do statements

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