Due to the dedication of the school to implement international experiences throughout the students’ academic school life, we offer four third languages from grade 7 to grade 8. In addition to English and Chinese, we offer one Asian language (Japanese) and three European languages (French, German and Spanish).
We have four members who are dedicated to bringing the best teaching and resources to the corresponding third language: Michiko Horiuchi (Japanese), Julien Haro (French), Karsten Berning (German) and Luis Mak (Spanish).
We are basing the fluency of the students on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and the current holistic English curriculum that hope to develop their four skills: listening, reading, writing, and speaking.
Starting from Grade 7, the students will have four years to reach a level of basic fluency which will allow them to:
- Understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type;
- Introduce him/herself and others;
- Ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has;
- Interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
We hope that by the end of the students’ third language acquisition journey, they are able to reach the first level of their perspective proficiency tests: Diplôme d'Études en Langue Française A1 (French), Goethe-Zertifikat A1 (German), Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera A1 (Spanish), and Japanese Language Proficiency Test N5 (Japanese).
Regardless of the results, we hope to give the child a more international perspective that will give them another tool to compete in the global economy while also learning more about differences in the world.