Learning French in lieu of Mother Tongue Language

For primary and secondary students

Is your child considering taking French in lieu of mother tongue? French Studio has a class for them.

If your child is in a local school in Singapore, they will be required to learn either Chinese / Tamil / Malay as part of the Ministry of Education’s Mother Tongue Language Policy.

Students can contact MOE to find out whether they are eligible to take French in lieu of mother tongue.

French studio offers French in lieu of mother tongue for primary and secondary students. Contact us for more details

Students who have obtained approval from the Ministry of Education (MOE) may offer French in lieu of MTL.  They are either students who join the school system mid-stream from non-MTL speaking countries, or students with at least one parent who is foreign born and of non-Chinese/Malay/Indian ethnicity.

What are the Advantages?

  • French is not examinable at the PSLE.
  • Once your application has been approved, your child will  need to offer French at the GCE national examinations.
  • Your child will have more time to concentrate on their core subjects in school – Maths, Science and English at the Primary level
  • Your child can still study Chinese if they want to! Most primary schools will allow children to continue their Chinese studies, however no exam will be taken at the end of the course
  •  It is a great opportunity for your child to discover another culture and language – Not only is French a language of culture, with the alphabet and many words being similar to English, but it is also highly valued in the international job market.

How to Proceed ?

Step 1 – Speak to both your child’s school teacher and the school’s Principal about applying to learn French in lieu of MTL. They will provide you with the necessary MOE application form

Step 2 – Complete the application form – Don’t worry, this is very easy and quick to do!

Tip: If your child is already learning French this may help their application, so add any additional information and proof you have. French Studio runs a number of beginner classes that you can enrol your child on – click here

Step 3 – Take the completed form to your child’s school and they will send it to the Ministry of Education.

Step 4 – Choose your French school upon obtaining approval. You will have to find a language tuition centre that is MOE certified, as local schools only provide classes in the official MTLs. Your child will need to study French throughout the scholar period.

Why Choose French Studio?

Since 2011 French Studio has offered French in lieu of Mother Tongue classes. The program we follow has been approved by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and we are MOE registered.
Our well qualified teachers are French native speakers and we guarantee our classes are always taught in a fun and interactive way! We are also partners with several local schools and can assist you with the necessary paperwork for primary school students we run both private and group classes that are suitable for studying French in lieu of Mother Tongue.

 If your child is new to French we advise registering them on our Beginner Level 1 course. This group class is held every week for two hours and will introduce your child to the basics of learning French. The class focuses not only on daily life vocabulary, but also on how to start reading, writing and listening in French.

Further information about our courses and when they are held, can be found on our website. If you need more details, please don’t hesitate to contact French Studio. A bientôt!