Due to the school's dedication to implement international experiences throughout the student’s academic life, we offer four third languages from grade 5 to grade 8. In addition to English and Chinese, we offer one Asian language (Japanese) and three European languages (French, German, and Spanish).
Here in A-school, we believe languages are becoming increasingly critical in an increasingly connected world. The skills, knowledge, and understanding developed through the delivery of the third language curriculum are integral to our whole person development philosophy. Furthermore, the increased knowledge of other cultures helps students to build greater awareness of the wider modern society.
The objective for the third language department is the following:
- To use a third language to communicate and interact effectively in a variety of social settings;
- To learn about the culture of that language;
- To appreciate and acknowledge the interconnectedness and interdependence of the global community;
- To be responsible for their learning, as they work independently and in groups;
- To use effective language learning strategies;
- To become lifelong language learners for personal growth and active participation as world citizens.
We are basing the students' fluency on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and the current holistic English curriculum that hopes to develop their four skills: listening, reading, writing, and speaking.
Starting from Grade 6, the students will have three years to reach a level of essential fluency which will allow them to:
- Understand and use familiar everyday expressions and fundamental phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type,
- Introduce themselves and others,
- Ask and answer questions about personal details such as where they live, people they know, and things they have,
- Interact, provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
We hope that by the end of the student's third language acquisition journey, they can 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.