International Language School


At CIS, we value our community’s linguistic diversity and are committed to promoting multilingualism. Our students come from over 70 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 kindergarten to primary Chinese-English and French bilingual programmes, 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 Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (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 6

Language acquisition: Chinese, French, Spanish, English  7

School Supported Self Taught Language 6


Grades 7-10

MYP Language and Literature English or Chinese 5

Language acquisition: Chinese, French or Spanish 

After school languages (via the activities programme)8

Grades 1-6

Chinese-English bilingual programme 2 / French-English bilingual programme 3

Language Acquisition: Chinese, French or Spanish4 & 9

Junior & Senior Kindergarten

Chinese-English bilingual programme 2

Language Acquisition: Chinese or French

Pre-Kindergarten Chinese-English bilingual programme 1&2  
  1. From August 2020 at Lakeside only

  2. Equal exposure to both languages and fully aligned with the PYP. Entry requirements apply and classes are subject to enrolment. Grade 6 Chinese-English bilingual classes will be offered at Lakeside only in 21/22.

  3. In 20/21, classes are offered in grades 2-5 only. From 21/22, grades 1 & 2 will be offered subject to the enrolment of 28 students per grade. This enrolment number must be met by 31 January 2020. Should we not meet these numbers, classes in grades 1 & 2 will not be offered in August 21, and parents who have applied will have the application fee refunded if they decide not to enrol at CIS. Grades 3-5 will be offered in 21/22

  4. Spanish is offered at Lakeside Campus only. Classes are subject to enrolment.

  5. Chinese classes are subject to enrolment.

  6. Language & Literature classes are offered in English, Chinese, and French, while Literature is only offered in English only. Over 55 IB approved self-taught languages are offered in the diploma programme - students in self-taught are supported by a CIS teacher/tutor in their study and will be eligible to graduate with a bilingual IB diploma.

  7. IBDP languages (Chinese, French, Spanish and English) are offered based on demand. 

  8. A wide range of languages are on offer to students of varying proficiency levels. Classes incur an additional fee and taught by external providers. Our admissions team can provide further details on what is on offer.

  9. Primary Spanish language acquisition is discontinued from 2021/2022. 



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