Other Languages

Chinese and English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Purpose of study

Learning a language other than their own Mother Tongue allows students to develop an open-mindedness and understanding of a new culture, its heritage, and its cultural diversity.  A high-quality language education promotes curiosity and deepens understanding of the world.  Students express their ideas and thoughts in the language and understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It provides opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes; learn new ways of thinking and read literature in the original language.  Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages too.

Aims

The curriculum for Chinese and English as an Additional Language (EAL) at Middleton International School, is based on the principals from the Singapore National Curriculum for Mandarin Language and The UK National Curriculum for English.  In learning a language other than their mother tongue the programme aims to ensure that students:

  • Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
  • Speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity,
  • Communicate what they want to say, through discussion and asking questions
  • Improve the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
  • Write at varying lengths, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
  • Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied
  • Continue to respect and practice their own mother tongue to support understandings of the concepts of language learning

 

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