Languages

Languages

At CIS, we value our community’s linguistic diversity and are committed to promoting multilingualism. Our students come from over 72 nations, and our language offerings are designed to help them develop an understanding of other cultures as well as to develop proficiency in an additional language.



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With the exception of our Pre-Kindergarten English and Chinese immersion programmes and our Kindergarten to Primary bilingual programme, our academic programme is primarily delivered in English. We also support students whose first language is not English through our English Language Learner programme, and to develop skills in their mother tongue wherever possible.

Daily language lessons start in Junior Kindergarten, and students are placed in classes according to their linguistic ability and are taught by highly experienced language teachers. As students move into Secondary School and the MYP and DP, language classes may be scheduled in double period blocks (learning will equal five periods per week), which allows for a more focused approach to academic content.

Language pathways at CIS

Grades 11-12 Language and Literature or Literature 7 Language Acquisition SL/HL/Ab initio Chinese, French, Spanish, English 6 School Supported Self Taught Language 7 After School Language Programme 8
Grades 7-10 MYP Language and Literature English or Chinese 4 Language Acquisition: Chinese, French or Spanish 5
Grades 6 Accelerated Chinese Programme 2 Language Acquisition: Chinese, French or Spanish 3
Grades 1-5 Chinese - English Bilingual Programme 1 Language Acquisition: Chinese, French or Spanish 3
Junior & Senior Kindergarten Chinese - English Bilingual Programme 1 Language Acquisition: Chinese or French
Pre - Kindergarten English or Chinese Immersion 9


  1. Equal exposure to both languages and fully aligned with the PYP. Entry requirements apply.
  2. Begins in August 2017 for Grade 5 students enrolled in our Chinese - English bilingual programme.
  3. Spanish is offered at Lakeside Campus only.
  4. Chinese classes are subject to interest.
  5. Spanish is currently offered in Grades 7 and 8 at the beginner level. Grade 9 will open in August 2017, and Grade 10 in August 2018.
  6. IBDP foreign language options. Selection is based on demand.
  7. IBDP first language (mother tongue) options. Language & Literature classes are offered in English, Chinese, Japanese and French, while Literature is only offered in English. Students in Grade 11 and 12 can also choose one of over 55 IB approved self-taught languages. Students are supported by a CIS teacher / tutor in their study towards their Language A course, and a bilingual IB Diploma.
  8. A range of languages are on offer to students of varying proficiency levels. Classes incur an additional fee and taught by external providers.
  9. Morning homeroom classes are conducted entirely in either English or Chinese.
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