Language Learning

Promoting multilingualism to help students become international thinkers and communicators

The study of additional languages in the IB Programs provides students with the opportunity to develop insights into the features, processes and craft of language and culture, and to realize that there are diverse ways of living, viewing and behaving in the world.

SCIS creates a multi-lingual learning environment in which the language of instruction is English, while also fostering other languages, including mother tongue. The acquisition of additional languages provides students the opportunity to thrive within our culturally rich community. The ability to communicate in more than one language is essential to the concept of an international education that promotes intercultural understanding, and is central to the IB’s mission.  Language Acquisition (second language) in our MYP and DP programs provide the opportunities for students to study Mandarin, French, or Spanish.

Acquiring an additional language and exploring and reflecting on the cultural perspectives of our own and other communities:

  • equips students with the necessary multi-literacy skills and attitudes to communicate successfully in various global contexts;
  • adds proficiency in an additional language while supporting maintenance of their mother tongue and cultural heritage;
  • develops the student’s communication skills necessary for further language learning, and for study, work and leisure in a range of authentic contexts and for a variety of audiences and purposes.

Mandarin Program

The Mandarin Program is a unit-based language program and aligned, where possible, to the PYP Language scope and sequence. Students attend Mandarin for 40 minutes a day. Our program offers five levels: Novice 1, Novice 2, Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2, and Experienced. Students are assessed for level placement. All levels integrate listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students have a variety of ways to approach learning, such as project-based learning, story-telling, and other activities related to Chinese culture.

French or Spanish

French and Spanish are languages that will be taught in Upper School at various ability levels and across a number of grades. The aims of the study of modern foreign languages are to acquire the basis of a means of communication and an understanding of the linguistic, cultural, and social elements of the communities where these languages are spoken. In addition, we aim to develop an appreciation of a variety of literary and nonliterary texts, thus giving access to multiple sources of information. Finally, it is hoped that this activity will be life-long and enjoyable.

Danish

Danish School in Shanghai has existed for more than 9 years.  The teaching is structured around the rules and regulations stipulated by the Danish Education Ministry. They teach from 1 klasse through till 9. klasse and teaching is based on Skrivevejen, Stavevejen and/or Sådansk. Classes are weekly 90-minute lessons.

 

Dutch

Language One is one of the largest official Dutch Language and Culture Schools (NTC) worldwide and has provided lessons in Dutch language and culture to Dutch and Belgian students in Shanghai for more than 15 years.  They host Dutch mother tongue and culture programs in Shanghai at SCIS Main Campus, ECE Campus, and Pudong Campus.  The mother tongue and culture programs follow the directives established by, the Dutch Ministry of Education, in order to offer the highest possible quality of education.

Finnish

The Finnish School of Shanghai is a language school for 3-18 years old children with relations to Finland. Most of their teachers are qualified Finnish teachers, and we always have an assistant teacher in the classroom. They provide all the school materials. Students are asked to bring along the homework they may have and a small, healthy snack with a water bottle. Students can register and start the Finnish School also in the middle of the term.

 

Swedish

The Swedish School in Shanghai (Svenska Skolan i Shanghai) was founded 2001. They offer education in the Swedish language for students aged 6 to 16 years old, following the Swedish School System Grade F – 9. The objective is to maintain and develop the Swedish language for students with Swedish as a mother tongue. At SCIS Hongqiao the Swedish School offers education after regular school hours every Wednesday.

 

Hongqiao ECE Campus

2212 Hongqiao Road, Changning,
Shanghai, China 200336
Tel: 86-21-6295-1222
Fax: 86-21-6261-4639

Hongqiao Campus

1161 Hongqiao Road, Changning,
Shanghai, China 200051
Tel: 86-21-6261-4338
Fax: 86-21-6261-4639

Pudong Campus

198 Hengqiao Road, Zhoupu,
Pudong, Shanghai, China 201315
Tel: 86-21-5812-9888
Fax: 86-21-6261-4639

Hongqiao ECE Campus

2212 Hongqiao Road, Changning,
Shanghai, China 200336
Tel: 86-21-6295-1222
Fax: 86-21-6261-4639

Hongqiao Campus

1161 Hongqiao Road, Changning,
Shanghai, China 200051
Tel: 86-21-6261-4338
Fax: 86-21-6261-4639

Pudong Campus

198 Hengqiao Road, Zhoupu,
Pudong, Shanghai, China 201315
Tel: 86-21-5812-9888
Fax: 86-21-6261-4639