Language pathways

at CIS

Students have a choice of two language pathways at CIS: the English programme (which has daily language lessons) or a bilingual programme (Chinese or French).

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Daily Chinese or French For 3-12 year olds

Every child from pre-kindergarten to grade 6 receives daily Chinese or French* lessons as part of our language acquisition programme. Students are grouped according to their linguistic ability and are taught by highly experienced language teachers.

* French from junior kindergarten only at TK

Daily Chinese, French or Spanish For 13-18 year olds

As students move into Secondary School (grades 7-12), 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.

Secondary language options include:

  • Grades 7-10: Chinese, French, Spanish or English
  • Grades 11-12: Chinese, French, Spanish or one of over 53 self-taught languages in the Diploma Programme (IB DP)


Chinese-English bilingual programme for 3 to 12 year olds

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 our Lakeside and Tanjong Katong campus students in pre-kindergarten to grade 6*. It is fully aligned with the IB PYP and includes two qualified teachers per class: one native English speaker and one native Chinese speaker. Learn more about our world-class Chinese-English bilingual programme.

Our Chinese bilingual students have opportunities to extend their Chinese literacy through the following secondary bilingual courses:

  • Grades 7-10 Chinese Language & Literature
  • Grades 7-9 Math
  • Grade 7 Individuals & Societies
  • Grades 11-12 Chinese Language & Literature
  • Grades 11-12 Theory of Knowledge in Chinese

French-English bilingual programme for 5 to 12 year olds

CIS offers a French-English bilingual programme for children in senior kindergarten to grade 6. Available at our Lakeside Campus only, this programme is perfect for families who want their children to become bilingual, biliterate and bicultural in both English and French.


CIS offers an after-school paid language programme to students in grades 1-12. Weekly lessons are available in a range of languages including Chinese, French, Japanese, German, Spanish and Dutch.

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