Additional Languages

 

Celebrating the gift of language

We’d like to think of ourselves as a mini United Nations of sorts – where multiple languages and cultural heritages are validated and respected, and friendships bridge class and language barriers.  And that’s what we strive to achieve at EtonHouse by celebrating the diversity of our students through the many languages we offer. In doing so, we promote a positive school culture of acceptance that will give your child an edge in an increasingly globalised world.

English as an additional language (EAL)

Our EAL programme is designed to help our students acquire the essential English skills they need to express themselves, communicate socially and understand the curriculum. Your child will be assessed on their level of proficiency and if extra support is needed, they will be introduced to the EAL programme. Conducted as part of the normal curriculum, these classes group children of the same year to create a comfortable environment that encourages learning. And as your child improves their proficiency and vocabulary in the language, so will their confidence increase.

Regular EAL programme
Pre-school – 5 times a week
Primary – 4 times a week
Secondary – 3 times a week

Catered for students with a basic grasp of English, the regular EAL programme is conducted during mainstream additional language lessons and is structured to meet the academic needs of students at various stages in the language acquisition process. Emphasis is placed upon improving your child’s ability in all four macro skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing – that are needed for successful participation in mainstream programmes. Your child will also build and practise targeted vocabulary through conversations and activities. Once your child is assessed to be at the level of our mainstream  English classes, they will resume their language classes.

Intensive EAL programme
Specially designed for students with limited or no English background, the Intensive EAL programme aims to provide additional specialised support to help our students better express themselves in spoken English. With a focus on building a strong foundation, classes are centred around activities that help in boosting your child’s language skills. Specific emphasis is placed upon developing our students' vocabulary and proficiency in spoken English. As every child has a different learning curve, lessons are planned based on the needs of each individual student. By keeping class numbers small, we provide a risk-free and comfortable setting for our students to practise the language. With the aim of integrating your child back into mainstream language classes, we will conduct regular assessments throughout the year to assess your child’s proficiency.

 

Intensive EAL classes are conducted for an hour each day in place of mainstream language lessons and in addition to the regular EAL lessons. This is a paid programme.

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Hindi

Pre-school – 5 times a week
Primary – 4 times a week

As one of the few international schools to offer Hindi language lessons, we take great pride in the strength of our Hindi curriculum. Our focus on contextual teaching means lessons are planned around student feedback and what interests them. To deliver a relevant, updated, modern version of the language, we use specially sourced materials and mediums such as stories, eBooks and talking dictionaries. And by incorporating sports, arts and interactive games in our lessons, we create a fun and engaging way to learn Hindi.

But our lessons go beyond teaching your child how to read, write, listen and communicate in Hindi. We also strive to foster an appreciation of the rich Hindu culture by regularly organising cultural events such as dances, music performances and celebrating Hindu festivals. In fact, our Deepavali celebration is the biggest among the international schools. As a result, your child will not only be fluent in the language but also have an appreciation of the Hindu culture.

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Japanese

Pre-school – 5 times a week
Primary – 4 times a week

Welcome to our Japanese language programme. Our lessons are designed so that our students have the language skills they need and have fun in the process. That’s why our classes are student- rather than teacher-led and focus on the inquiry technique. Conducted by teachers with international experience, our lessons provide your child with a global perspective of the Japanese language. The strength of our syllabus means that your child will gain language skills ahead of their peers. And with intensive face-to-face contact hours and many opportunities to practise, we give your child the confidence to communicate in Japanese.

Besides learning important skills such as report writing and creative writing, your child will also enjoy lots of craft work while learning about Japanese seasonal events and customs. By having our Japanese students participate in cultural performances, we give them the confidence to present, perform and speak in Japanese.

For students who prefer to take another second language other than Japanese, we also offer Japanese Fun Club as an ECA.

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Mandarin

Pre-school – 5 times a week
Primary – 4 times a week

Today, Mandarin is the most widely spoken language on the planet. And that’s something we’ve anticipated at EtonHouse. In fact, we’ve been teaching our students Mandarin for the past 20 years. But it’s not just about reading, speaking, writing and understanding the language. We also integrate culture into the curriculum to build an appreciation and love for Mandarin. Your child can look forward to participating in fun activities such as Chinese calligraphy and Chinese performances.

We also conduct PreSAP (Special Afternoon Programme) classes for N2 and K1 students to accelerate their proficiency in the language. Our PreSAP classes are 2.5 hours for N2 students and 3.5 hours for K1 students. PreSAP is an intensive programme that equips children with strong Mandarin language skills. All our Mandarin sessions are conducted in the afternoon and are designed to immerse our students in a Mandarin-only environment.

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This page was last edited on June 16, 2016