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Languages at UWCSEA The characteristic that distinctly separates humans from all other species is our capacity for symbolic thought, which language manifests. Language is the major way in which we understand and express our experience of the world. The UWCSEA community is drawn from around 80 countries, and although the learning programme is delivered in English, at least 50 other languages are spoken by our community as their first language.

Most common first languages Dover Campus

Dutch – 1% German – 1% French – 2% Spanish – 2% Korean – 2% Japanese – 2% Hindi– 3% Chinese – 5%

English – 82%

East Campus Tamil – 1% Korean – 3% Japanese – 5% French – 4% German – 2% Hindi – 9%

Chinese – 6% English – 70%

UWCSEA’s language offerings are designed to provide our students with exposure to other cultures and access to acquiring skill in another language in addition to English—and to support students whose first language is not English in retaining and developing skills in their first language where ever possible. The study of language at UWCSEA has three major aims: Cultural: Respect for cultural diversity lies at the very heart of the mission of UWCSEA. Language and culture are interconnected, and the learning of other languages exposes one to different cultures and ideas, and promotes mutual understanding. Because of our interconnectedness and dependency, the ability to communicate in more than one language is more important than ever in promoting international cooperation and goodwill, and in dispelling misunderstanding and mistrust. Functional: Language is the essential tool of learning. The mastering of language promotes success across the curriculum, expands our capacity for conceptual thought and develops critical reading and thinking skills that are a vital part of intellectual maturity. Research shows that the development of language has a positive and beneficial effect on learning potential as a whole. In a world that is increasingly interconnected, the ability to speak and communicate in more than one language is becoming an essential skill. Developing an appreciation for intellectual and aesthetic creativity: Studying language builds on the experiences we have from infancy of accessing and sharing the stories of different times, cultures and places. All cultures have an oral or written literature which is revered as both an art form and a reflection of that society’s virtues and faults. The study of literature allows access to some of humanity’s finest thoughts expressed in language that can be moving and beautiful; a lifelong passion for reading is an implicit aim of all we do. All students at UWCSEA take a second language, except in a small number of cases where students will temporarily suspend language study to receive learning support or where students are taking English as an Additional Language (EAL). This document contains a summary of the language offerings on each campus, by grade. A number of languages are offered as additional subjects and in some cases, additional charges are levied; please ask Admissions if you are interested in the programme prior to making an application.


Prerequisites Students applying to continuation or advanced language courses in Grade 6 or above are tested to ensure the course is an appropriate fit for them.

Students in the Primary School are assessed in class by the language teacher to ensure the nominated course is appropriate for them.

Dover Campus language Chinese Spanish French German Dutch Korean Japanese Indonesian Schoolsupported self-taught language

K1 3

K2 3

G1 B/C B

G2 B/C C4 B

G3 B/C B/C4 C

IBDP Group 1 courses A – English Literature (SL) A – English Language and Literature (SL) A – Chinese Literature (SL) A – Chinese Language and Literature (SL) A – French Literature (SL) A – Korean Literature (SL) A – Japanese Literature (SL) A – Hindi Literature (SL) A – Indonesian Literature (SL) A – Spanish Language and Literature (SL) A – German Language and Literature (SL) A – Dutch Language and Literature (SL) A – School Supported Self Taught Literature (SL) (must come from the IB approved list) A – English Literature (HL) A – English Language and Literature (HL) A – Chinese Literature (HL) A – Chinese Language and Literature (HL)

G4 B/C C4 B/C

G5 B/C B/C4 C1

G6 B/C/A C4 B/C/A1

G7 C/A B/C4 C/A1 A2 A3

G8 IGCSE C/A C/A 4 C C4 B/C/A1 C/A1 A2 A2 3 A A3 A A

FIB C/A C C A

A A A5

IBDP

Please refer below.

A – French Literature (HL) A – Korean Literature (HL) A – Japanese Literature (HL) A – Spanish Language and Literature (HL) A – German Language and Literature (HL) A – Dutch Language and Literature (HL) Group 2 courses B – Chinese (SL) B – French (SL) B – Spanish (SL B – German (SL) B – Ab initio Chinese (SL) B – Ab initio Spanish (SL) B – Ab initio French (SL) B – English (HL) B – Chinese (HL) B – French (HL) B – Spanish (HL) B – German (HL)

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French – Tuition of written French for fluent French speakers is available after school for students in Grades 5–10. A qualified teacher employed by UWCSEA teaches students in small, language ability groups. An additional fee is payable. In the IGCSE, this can lead to the AS examination.

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German – In Grade 7 and 8, German is taught as a first language for native speakers according to the Swiss curriculum, accommodating Swiss students joining us in Grade 7 from the Swiss School. Other German native speakers may join this class, but will have to sit a test that assesses if their level of German is sufficient to keep up with the specific curriculum requirements. In Grade 9, students have an option to take additional German tuition after school to prepare for the IGCSE second-language paper as an additional Language Other than English.

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Dutch – In addition to the other languages, Dutch lessons are available from Grade 7 to Grade 12 for native speakers of Dutch. For students in Grade 7 and 8, these lessons take place after school, twice a week, while in Grades 9-12 they are scheduled within the timetable and during lunch. There is an extra charge for Dutch tuition; the cost depends on the number of students taking Dutch lessons.

4

Spanish – classes are available after school for native speakers in Grades 2–10. Classes are paid, small group tuition and run subject to demand.

5

School-supported self-taught language A (FIB) is intended to support students who intend to undertake a Bilingual IB Diploma.


East Campus language Chinese Spanish French Schoolsupported self-taught language

K1 3

K2 3

G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 B/C/A B/C/A B/C/A B/C/A B/C/A B/C/A B B B/C C B/C B/C B C B B B/C

G7 C/A B/C B/C

G8 C/A B/C C

IGCSE B/C/A C C

As the East Campus develops, additional language options may be offered, subject to demand.

IBDP Group 1 courses A – English Literature (SL) A – English Language and Literature (SL) A – Chinese Language and Literature (SL) A – Korean Language and Literature (SL) A – Japanese Language and Literature (SL) A – Spanish Language and Literature (SL) A – Hindi Language and Literature (SL) A – School Supported Self Taught Literature (SL) (must be on the IB approved list) A – English Literature (HL) A – English Language and Literature (HL) A – Chinese Language and Literature (HL) A – Korean Language and Literature (HL) A – Japanese Language and Literature (HL) A – Spanish Language and Literature (HL)

Key B = Beginner’s courses are for those with little or no prior exposure to learning the language. In the IB Diploma, these are Ab Initio courses. C = A continuation course requires the student to have had at least three years of prior study in the language. Refers to a taught foreign language. A = An advanced course, for first or near-first (native or near-native) language students who also have prior study of the language.

Group 2 courses B – Chinese (SL) B – French (SL) B – Spanish (SL B – Ab initio Chinese (SL) B – Ab initio Spanish (SL) B – Ab initio French (SL) B – English (HL) B – Chinese (HL) B – French (HL) B – Spanish (HL)

28% UWCSEA students receiving a bilingual IB diploma

FIB C/A C C A5

IBDP

Please refer below.


English as an Additional Language (EAL) While respect for cultural diversity lies at the very heart of the mission of UWCSEA, our main working language is English, and each student needs to become a proficient user of English in order to access much of the curriculum.

East Campus

Teachers across the curriculum work to support acquisition of English, as the language of instruction. There is also a comprehensive EAL programme to support learners who have had less exposure to English, or who speak English as a second, third or even fourth language.

Boarding students may take advantage of EAL tutoring and support in the library during evening study time.

Dover Campus At present, the formal EAL courses run from Grade 5 to Grade 12. Below Grade 5, EAL learners are accommodated within their normal classes or are given extra help on an individual-needs basis. In addition to these courses, there is some provision, based on needs, for extra, individual EAL support and for EAL teachers to work in classes with EAL learners in other areas of the curriculum. The current, formal EAL courses from Grade 5 to Grade 12 are outlined below. Grades 5 and 6 EAL learners follow Extra English lessons in place of Languages Other Than English (LOTE) lessons. Grades 7 and 8 EAL learners follow EAL lessons in place of English A lessons, and, in some cases, may also follow Extra English lessons in place of LOTE lessons. Grades 9 and 10 EAL learners follow EAL lessons as English B in place of English A lessons. This English B course prepares students for an IGCSE examination in English as a Second Language at the end of Grade 10, and also includes preparation for both of the IB Diploma English courses from Grade 11.

At present, the formal EAL courses run from Grade 6 to Grade 12. Below Grade 6, EAL learners are accommodated within their normal classes or are given extra help on an individual-needs basis.

The current, formal EAL courses from Grade 6 to Grade 12 are outlined below. Grades 6, 7 and 8 EAL learners follow EAL lessons in place of LOTE, and, in some cases, may have support in mainstream English lessons. Support is given as well for the humanities and sciences as part of the EAL programme design. Grades 9 and 10 Grade 9 EAL learners follow English B in place of English A lessons. This two-year course prepares students for IGCSE in ESL (English as a Second Language), examined at the end of Grade 10, and for the IB Diploma English courses from Grade 11. EAL learners who join the College in Grade 10 follow the one-year FIB English B course in preparation for the IB Diploma English courses from Grade 11. Grades 11 and 12 EAL learners follow the IB Diploma English B course.

For more information, please contact Admissions Dover Campus admissionsdover@uwcsea.edu.sg +65 6775 5344 East Campus admissionseast@uwcsea.edu.sg +65 6305 5344

Provision is also made for Foundation IB students who join the College in Grade 10. Grades 11 and 12 EAL learners follow the IB Diploma English B course and can thereby gain a Bilingual Diploma.

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