Language programme

The GEMS World Academy (Singapore) Language programme focuses on four key components. They are:

  1. English Language for Academics
  2. Modern Language Learning
  3. English as an Additional Language
  4. After School Mother-Tongue Classes

 Our language offerings provide outstanding language teaching and learning opportunities, to ensure that we meet the needs of our diverse expatriate families.

English Language for Academics

English is the language of instruction at GEMS (Singapore) and forms the core language programme across all courses.

From our Early Years and Primary Years Language Arts programmes, students develop strong reading comprehension and writing skills.

In the Secondary Years, their Language and Literature classes focus upon the ongoing enhancement of formal English language skills, as well as the critical thinking skills needed in exploring and analysing a variety of text types.

Modern Language programme

Modern Language learning is a core component of being an international student. In the Early Years, all students undertake daily Mandarin learning, delivered by a specialist Mandarin teacher in specialist Mandarin class time.

From Grade 1 onwards, students have the option of continuing in Mandarin or undertaking Spanish or French classes.

English as an Additional Language

In some cases, the international students who join GEMS (Singapore) have a wonderful talent, however, have limited experience with the English language.

For these students, they undergo our English as an Additional Language support programme, which focuses on functional language development across listening, speaking and writing.

For Grades 1-5 a pull-out English as an Additional Language programme is provided four times a week, 45 minutes each period.

The Grades 6 to 10 programme provides a gradual immersive specialist support which guides overall success within the language and academic progress. The support consists of both pull-out and push-in sessions as appropriate in the academic context and proficiency level.

After School Mother-Tongue Classes

GEMS (Singapore) supports the maintenance and development of a child’s mother-tongue.

We strongly encourage native language fluency maintenance whilst living abroad and in support of family cultural connections.

Our current mother tongue classes include French, Mandarin, Spanish and Japanese from Grades 1 to 10.

Our mother-tongue programmes are specifically designed to provide students with a strong foundation in vocabulary, speaking, reading, grammar and writing.

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