To develop students to be effective communicators in Chinese, Tanjong Katong Secondary School introduced the Chinese News Reading Programme. It is a level-based reading programme in which each level would be assigned specific themes. The reading package for each level comprises of content knowledge of the various themes and questions to help deepen thinking and broaden the perspectives of students. With the use of thematic reading packages, students are able to practise their communication and presentation skills, engaging their class audience as they share their views on current affairs. In addition, public speaking in Chinese is also conducted during school-wide events and assembly programmes to enhance students’ confidence in public speaking. With the implementation of thematic reading programme and the emphasis on oracy skills and thinking skills, we aim to impress upon students that Chinese is a living language and that we can learn to use Chinese effectively to communicate our ideas and opinions with people around us, within and beyond the classroom.