Malay Tuition


It’s More Than a Subject: A Guide to the Importance and Benefits of Private Malay Tuition

English may be the most widely-used language, but Malay remains one of the three prominent languages, apart from Tamil and English. Even for the non-Malays, schools introduce the language outside of the regular curriculum to foster racial understanding and more. Find out the diverse scope of benefits your child gets by having a private Malay language tutor – and more than that, by excelling in the language.

1. Looking Beyond our Environment and our Future

Although the Malay language is not spoken as often as Chinese nor English, it’s the primary language for Malaysians, Indonesians and Bruneians. It’s important to remember that we shouldn’t merely focus on the environment around us but to look on it as a whole, as a bigger picture. It gives them an edge when they’re applying for jobs, when they’re furthering their career paths, and gives them greater opportunities. For example, businessmen and entrepreneurs who speak and write well in Malay pave the path for collaborative opportunities. A command of the language helps us bridge the Southeast-Asian region to the rest of the world. Your child can look at co-working with multinationals from Indonesia and Malaysia, our nearest neighbour. Being able to communicate well with each other builds rapport and a positive, long-term working relationship. Even if your child’s qualifications lag behind another monolingual applicant, additional languages on your child’s resume can offer improved chances of securing it instead. A private tutor exemplifies this fact to your child using various real-world examples and uses his or her skills and abilities to further your child’s education outside of the limited classroom opportunities in the language.

2. Bilingualism Benefits

Fluency in Malay gives your child the bilingual advantage as compared to single language speaking individuals. Studies have also shown that bilingualism has many cognitive development benefits. Since language skills support each other, it means that your child absorbs and adapts better to language learning as compared to their monolingual peers. Should your child wish to pick up Spanish, Korean, French or more, it’ll be comparatively easier to do so. Having the opportunity to learn both in Singapore – and possibly more – is a blessing that deserves hard work and good grades. Therefore, if your child is lacking behind in school and at home, engaging a private tutor with a regular routine to speak and write in it proves effective in improving the subject.

3. It’s Equally as Important

Malay isn’t merely just a subject – its purpose and meaning go much further than that to our ancestors. Like Chinese, it faces similar problems in Singapore – despite being an important Mother Tongue, it’s usually underused and rarely mastered, especially in English-speaking homes. We tend to put more emphasis on English and neglect our individual Mother Tongues as a result. By doing so, we’re ignoring our heritage, culture and roots. Learning Malay gives our country value by understanding our own history and background. It also supports a shared identity with our fellow man, as well as those who speak it overseas. It’s key to correct any misconceptions in your child, like the view that Malay is not as important from early on. A private tutor can expand your child’s line of sight to understand the wide implications of mastering this language.