Learning French in lieu of Mother Tongue Language

For primary and secondary students

Is your child struggling to learn Chinese at school? Then French Studio has the solution.

If your child is in a local school in Singapore, they will be required to learn Chinese as part of the Ministry of Education’s Mother Tongue Language Policy. This can be a big challenge for your child, as not only will they have to grapple with a new phonetic alphabet and pronunciation, but a completely different style of writing. Achieving a low grade in Chinese at school can negatively impact your child’s Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) score. This in turn may limit their choice of Secondary School.

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

However fortunately a solution exists. You can exempt your child from Chinese and choose French in lieu of Mother Tongue. You simply have to apply for approval from the Ministry of Education (MOE) – and this is more straightforward than you would think.

What are the Advantages?

  • Your child will not be tested on their choice of Mother Tongue Language (MTL) for the PSLE – in fact your child won’t have to take any exams in their MTL throughout primary school
  • The PSLE average will be based on 3 subjects instead of 4
  • Once your application has been approved, your child will continue to be exempt from learning MTL throughout Secondary School and Junior College
  • Your child will have more time to concentrate on their core subjects – Maths, Science and English
  • 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 Chinese teacher and the school’s Principal about applying for authorisation to learn a non-official language in lieu of Mother Tongue. They will provide you with the necessary MOE application form

Step 2 – Complete the form – Don’t worry, this is very easy and quick to do! See our example here.

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. You will receive a reply in approximately one month.

Step 4 – Choose your French school! You will have to find a language tuition centre that is MOE certified, as local schools only provide classes in the official Mother Tongue Languages. 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!