The GEMS World Academy (Singapore) Language programme focuses on four key components. They are:
Our language offerings provide outstanding language teaching and learning opportunities, to ensure that we meet the needs of our diverse expatriate families.
English is the language of instruction at GEMS (Singapore) and forms the core language programme across all courses.
From our Early Years and Primary Years Language Arts programmes, students develop strong reading comprehension and writing skills.
In the Secondary Years, their Language and Literature classes focus upon the ongoing enhancement of formal English language skills, as well as the critical thinking skills needed in exploring and analysing a variety of text types.
Modern Language learning is a core component of being an international student. In the Early Years, all students undertake daily Mandarin learning, delivered by a specialist Mandarin teacher in specialist Mandarin class time.
From Grade 1 onwards, students have the option of continuing in Mandarin or undertaking Spanish or French classes.
In some cases, the international students who join GEMS (Singapore) have a wonderful talent, however, have limited experience with the English language.
These students undergo our English as an Additional Language support programme, focused on functional language development across listening, speaking and writing for students learning English as a second language. The purpose of EAL is to provide students with the necessary support to improve their English language skills across the curriculum, promoting overall success at school. EAL students focus their efforts on strengthening their academic vocabulary, writing skills and fluency in speaking and understanding English in a range of contexts.
As a school committed to providing the highest standards of education to all of our students, we place a very high value on English as an Additional Language (EAL). From assessment on entry to exiting from the programme, students are supported by qualified and experienced teachers through a blend of ‘pull-out’ and ‘push-in’ teaching methodologies. This ensures that students remain integrated into the core curriculum and with their peers, promoting social communication skills and inclusion in all aspects of school life.
For Grades 1-5 a pull-out English as an Additional Language programme is provided four times a week for 45 minutes.
The Grades 6 to 10 programme provides a gradual immersive specialist support which guides overall success within the language and academic progress. The support consists of both pull-out and push-in sessions as appropriate in the academic context and proficiency level. Students applying for Grade 10 must already have a level of proficiency in English sufficient for them to access the curriculum effectively.
GEMS (Singapore) supports the maintenance and development of a child’s mother-tongue.
We strongly encourage native language fluency maintenance whilst living abroad and in support of family cultural connections.
Our current mother tongue classes include French, Mandarin, Spanish and Japanese from Grades 1 to 10.
Our mother-tongue programmes are specifically designed to provide students with a strong foundation in vocabulary, speaking, reading, grammar and writing.