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Chinese English Bilingual Programme

Equal exposure in both Chinese and English

CIS' pioneering bilingual Chinese-English programme is designed to allow students to be fluent communicators in both languages, providing them with an edge in an extremely competitive and ever-changing world. Available to students in junior kindergarten through to grade 6, our bilingual programme is offered at both our Lakeside and Tanjong Katong campuses. It is fully aligned with the IB PYP and includes two qualified teachers per class: one native English speaker and one native Chinese speaker.

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CIS’ Chinese-English bilingual programme was one of the first to be offered in Singapore by an international school. Our established track record makes us one of the most experienced and trusted international schools in the region to educate students in becoming fluent communicators in both languages.

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In our bilingual programme, students attend classes (with the respective teacher) in English one day, and in Chinese the next, ensuring equal exposure to both languages. Additional Chinese language acquisition classes are taught five times each week by separate native speaking teachers with students grouped according to their proficiency levels.

There is no limit to the number of classes available per grade (we currently have 30 bilingual classes) and a specific pathway has been designed for students to maintain their Chinese in Secondary School and the Middle Years Programme (MYP). From Grade 2 onwards, students must meet the specific language requirements to enter the programme. 

For all classes in Chinese, our teachers follow the highly respected Big Apple Programme, a collection of 130 reference books written by our K – 12 Principal for Chinese Language and Culture, Huali Xiong. A key feature of this programme is learning about Chinese culture as research shows speaking a language without understanding its culture, has very little real-world value. We also support students in their learning with a wide range of resources including a collection of over 1,000 Chinese fiction books.

In May 2017, our students once again outperformed all other students in Singapore in the Youth Chinese Test (YCT). These outstanding results demonstrate the overall high quality of our programme.

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