Languages

Celebrating the gift of language

We are a learning community 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 an English-Mandarin bilingual programme aligned with the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP). Today, EtonHouse Broadrick continues that tradition of producing bilingual students, offering Mandarin, Japanese, Hindi, and English as an Additional Language (EAL) as part of our Mainstream Programme. In addition, students with competence and a strong interest in Mandarin can opt for the Bilingual Immersion Programme with intensive Mandarin exposure in Year 1 to build a strong Mandarin foundation followed by a 50:50 bilingual immersion from Year 2 to 6.

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. We will assess your child on their level of English proficiency, and if extra support is required, they will join 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 (for K1 onwards) – 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 the class’ additional language lessons time. It is structured to meet the academic needs of students at various stages in the language acquisition process, with emphasis placed on improving your child’s ability in the four macro skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing, that are needed for successful participation in the Mainstream Programme. Your child will also build and practise targeted vocabulary through conversations and activities. Once we assess your child to be at the level of our mainstream English classes, they will resume their language classes and study another second language.

Intensive EAL programme

Intensive EAL classes are conducted for 45 minutes each day in place of mainstream language lessons and in addition to the regular EAL lessons. It is a paid programme.

Specially designed for students from Year 1 to 6 with limited or no English background, our Intensive EAL programme provides additional specialised support to help students to express themselves better in spoken English. 

As every child has a different learning curve, lessons are planned based on individual student’s needs to help them build a strong English foundation. Classes are centred around activities that help to boost your child’s language skills. Specific emphasis is placed on developing their vocabulary and proficiency in spoken English. By keeping class numbers small, we provide a risk-free and comfortable setting for our students to practise the language. We also conduct regular assessments throughout the year to assess your child’s proficiency. Once they are ready, we will integrate them back to the mainstream language lessons.

Pre-school (for K1 onwards) – 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 (for K1 onwards) – 5 times a week
Primary – 4 times a week

Our Japanese language lessons are designed to allow our Japanese students to acquire the language skills they need and have fun in the process. That’s why our classes are student-led rather than teacher-led and uses the inquiry technique. Conducted by teachers with international experience, our lessons provide your child with a global perspective of the Japanese language. 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 craftwork while learning about Japanese seasonal events and customs. In addition, they will also participate in cultural performances, through which they will gain the confidence to present, perform and speak in Japanese.

We also offer Japanese Fun Club as an ECA for our K1 students who are taking another second language other than Japanese.

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. So your child can look forward to participating in fun activities such as Chinese calligraphy and Chinese performances.

We also conduct a Bilingual Programme for our K1 students to accelerate their proficiency in the language. In this Programme, children are immersed in a Mandarin-only environment for half a day to help them build strong Mandarin language skills. It is good preparation for our Bilingual Immersion Programme that starts in Year 1. 

Give your child the gift of language that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. 

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, adjustments have been made to the current language timetable.

At the moment, additional language classes are conducted twice a week for both Pre-School and Primary. The school continues to monitor and adjust the class schedules in compliance with the latest guidelines to keep our community safe.

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