GEMS
Bilingual Programme

Getting the bilingual edge in the global marketplace

As the world economy becomes more global and multicultural than ever before, learning a second language is increasingly important. Our Chinese (Mandarin) Bilingual Programme provides students with the opportunity to acquire the skills for speaking, reading, writing, listening and communicating in both English and Mandarin during their foundational years. This programme is designed for students who are not native Mandarin speakers and is aligned with the IB PYP framework.

Key Facts

AVAILABLE FOR PRE-K, KG1 AND KG2 STUDENTS

DESIGNED FOR NON-MANDARIN NATIVE SPEAKERS

INCREASED CREATIVITY AND ADVANCED PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS HAVE BEEN LINKED TO BILINGUALISM

2-3 UNITS OF INQUIRY WILL BE TAUGHT IN MANDARIN

MUSIC AND PE WILL BE TAUGHT IN MANDARIN ONCE PER WEEK

Key Objectives

TO LEARN A VARIETY OF SUBJECTS AND SKILLS IN BOTH LANGUAGES

TO PARTICIPATE IN ENGAGING AND CREATIVE ACTIVITIES AND DISCUSSIONS

TO PROVIDE A SOLID FOUNDATION FOR HIGHER GRADES

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

Our bilingual programme is a truly bilingual programme where the percentage of Mandarin and English used in lessons is approximately equal. This is different from an immersion programme (90% Mandarin/ 10% English) and a Heritage programme (designed for native Mandarin speakers). The programme is designed for non-Mandarin native speakers.

The learning experience for students in the Early Years Programmes is aligned with the IB PYP curriculum framework followed by other Early Years students. Students are encouraged to be curious, creative, collaborative, kind and considerate. They learn by connecting prior and new knowledge in meaningful ways in both English and Mandarin.

As with all Early Years classes, there are two qualified teachers per class. In the Bilingual Programme both are proficient in English and Mandarin. Small classes and low student-to-teacher ratios are set to ensure adequate attention for each student and that no child is left behind.

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