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Bilingual Programme (Singapore)

Chinese is the world’s most spoken language, with 1.31 billion speakers around the world. It’s used in various industries from business to science – and even in Hollywood! No doubt about it, it’s an important language we’d like our children to learn.

If you’re looking for a school with an English-Chinese educational program, check out Invictus International School’s new dual-language primary school at its Centrium campus, where you learn not just the language but also about the culture. Here’s what we know about this innovative program.

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An Immersive Dual Education Program

The Invictus Chinese-English Bilingual Primary Programme is offered to primary school students from Years 1-6 at the Centrium campus. It is designed for both native and non-native Chinese students.

Initial Assessment 

Before enrolling in the bilingual immersion programme, each child will be assessed to determine their current level of Chinese and English skills. This ensures that teachers have a good understanding of the entry point for their class.

There are 4 key aspects to learning Chinese effectively: 

  1. Efficient Literacy: Exposure to basic language learning content
  2. Vocabulary Learning: Focus on the most frequently used words
  3. Early Reading: Develop reading habits and abilities
  4. Picture Books: Expand vocabulary through different themed storybooks

Classroom Instruction

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Other than the Mandarin language, curriculum subjects taught in Chinese include Art, Music, and Physical Education. Beyond that, we teach integrated Chinese lessons which include speech and drama, Chinese culture, and reading programmes. English is the primary medium for Math and Science lessons.

The unique point of the Bilingual Programme is our semi-immersive model, where students get daily high exposure to Chinese. We conduct Chinese language lessons on a daily basis and have our unique Integrated Chinese Programme (ICP) which is aimed at using the Chinese Language as a medium to develop students in their thinking skills and 21st-century competencies.

The ICP also involves exposing students to different aspects of Chinese learning, which include language interest, Chinese culture, drama and expressions, creative reading, and using Chinese in the acquisition and application of skills such as communication, collaboration, and problem-solving.

Apart from that, PE, Art and Music lessons are also conducted in Mandarin. This ensures that 60% of curriculum time involves Chinese learning or Mandarin instruction, and this reduces as the child grows with us to 40% by Years 5 and 6. (The rationale for this reduction is because we believe that as the child learns with us, the child would have gained higher proficiency in the language and that Chinese would by then be a more natural part of their lives, and they would be interacting with their teachers and peers in school more frequently in the language)

Benefits of Bilingual Education

Our bilingual immersion curriculum develops each child’s listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in both languages. Research has shown that bilingual immersion also stimulates cognitive growth and fine motor skills, and teaches children to think creatively and critically.

With our qualified teachers at Invictus, this dual language programme is the golden opportunity to set your child on the path to becoming confident, fluent bilingual speakers, and bicultural world citizens. Learn more about our Chinese-English Bilingual Primary Education Programme here.

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