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 our students’ diversity 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. EtonHouse Broadrick has a trusted reputation in offering a bilingual foundation. In 2011, it became the first international school in Singapore to offer this, aligned with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years programme having won the championship in the Singapore Chinese Language competition for international schools organised by HSK Centre (Crestar) and five cohorts of fluent bilingual speakers.  Families can choose between a bilingual immersion programme in Mandarin and a mainstream programme where either Hindi, Japanese, Mandarin or EAL are offered as additional languages. The bilingual immersion programme is for students with competence and a strong interest in Mandarin. They are assessed for their language proficiency through the Youth Chinese Test (YCT). The YCT is an international standardised Chinese language test directed at examining non-native and secondary school students’ ability to apply Chinese in their daily lives-

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Due to the current restrictions of COVID-19 and the social distancing measures that are in place, please note that adjustments have been made to the existing language timetable.

In Phase 2, additional language classes are conducted 2 times a week for both Pre-School and Primary. The school will make the necessary adjustment to the class schedules in compliance with the government’s COVID-19 guidelines and regulations as the situation develops.

Give your child the gift of language that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Click here to register your child in EtonHouse Broadrick.

 

Bilingual Immersion Programme

For Year 1
The new Year 1 Bilingual Immersion Programme will immerse the children fully in the language by extending the Mandarin teaching, and by ensuring that the language is used naturally by the children at work and at play.

An experienced and creative Bilingual Mandarin ‘Homeroom’ teacher will be leading the class. A lively and stimulating learning environment will ensure that the children have fun while learning a new language in a natural way. Our experienced Preschool leader will also be delivering daily focused English language lessons in class. The children will continue to experience and to enjoy an array of specialists lessons through the medium of English. Sixteen hours of Mandarin, and over nine hours of English per week.

In Year 2 to Year 6, we’re increasing the dedicated Mandarin teaching time from under 4 hours to 7 1⁄2 hours per week in our Bilingual Programme classes. We’re also extending the Bilingual Mandarin programme to the final Primary Year, Year 6. Our talented and experienced Mandarin teachers will ensure that the children build and practice targeted vocabulary through natural conversations and the completion of planned tasks.

Our aim is for children to have more opportunities to use both languages every day and to speak the language naturally with ease while working and playing with their friends. Our goal is to ensure that the pupils in our Bilingual Programme are fluent Mandarin speakers by the time they leave us at the end of Year 6, to ensure that they have strong dual language skills and become truly bilingual.

Reinforcement

To develop and hone their reading and writing skills, your child also attends two daily 45-minute sessions – one for English and one for Mandarin – that focus on and reinforce the essentials of each language, particularly in grammar and sentence construction.

Communication

Our small class sizes are the perfect setting for peer learning and one-to-one interactions between children and teachers. Your child will hone their speaking skills through song, poetry, presentations, conversations and reading aloud. They’ll soon be able to spontaneously engage those around them in both English and Mandarin.

Bicultural Experiences

Immerse your child in a whole new world

At EtonHouse, we take bilingualism to the next level. Through our various bilingual and bicultural initiatives, your child will explore the Chinese culture through field trips and participate in engaging extracurricular activities where opportunities to speak Mandarin abound. From board games and reading programmes to concerts and public speaking at assemblies, each activity is designed to instil confidence and set your child up for success in the next phase of their fun-filled learning journey.

Multi-Layered Support

Your partner in learning – in school and beyond

We go the extra mile for greater continuity in learning by partnering with and supporting parents, something you won’t find in other schools. Our teachers provide regular updates on what’s being taught in school to reinforce the same concepts and vocabulary at home.

 

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