Chinese Immersion Experience

In today’s interconnected world, we know it is more important than ever for our children to better understand the world around them. Singapore American School is proud to launch our Chinese language and culture immersion program, where students will work toward fluency while building the foundation for continued academic success. Through our bilingual program, students will have language opportunities integrated into every moment, allowing them to gain a deep understanding of the language and truly become global citizens.

Benefits of Chinese Bilingualism

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most spoken language in the United States

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listening skills in foreign language learners than their monolingual peers

Fluency

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of two languages help children solve logic problems and multi-task more efficiently

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at focusing on a task while tuning out distractions

Integration of Immersion Classes

Beginning August 2017, SAS will welcome 44 students into two full curriculum Chinese language immersion kindergarten classes. Each subsequent year, the Chinese bilingual program will grow to add additional grade levels.

Academic Yeargrade level
2017–18two kindergarten classes launched
2018–19two grade 1 classes added
2019–20two grade 2 classes added
2020–21two grade 3 classes added
2021-22two grade 4 classes added
2022-23two grade 5 classes added

What Will Immersion Students Learn to Do?

COMMUNICATE directly with English and Mandarin-speaking communities on a variety of levels

Gain the CULTURAL COMPETENCY of one who knows what it is to have two inner worlds based in the roots of two different languages and values

Practice CRITICAL THINKING that will allow them to analyze conflicting messages or information between languages, and come to reasonable conclusions.

Develop deep CHARACTER, with the ability to understand two different value systems and ways of life

COLLABORATE with Chinese and English speakers and create bridges between communities to the benefit of both

CREATIVELY bring together their two language worlds in new and exciting ways through a variety of media

Students will go beyond simply learning the language. They will use the language for learning.

The 75/25 to 50/50 Immersion Exposure Model

The SAS 75/25 to 50/50 Exposure Model for English speakers learning Chinese

75/25 Chinese and English Exposure Model

Kindergarten and Grade 1

75% Chinese

Math, Social Studies, Science, Language Arts

25% English

RLA, Art, Music, PE

Grade 2 and 3

60% Chinese

Math, Social Studies, Science, Language Arts

25% English

RLA, Art, Music, PE

Grade 4 and 5

50% Chinese

Social Studies, Science, Language Arts

50% English

RLA, Math, Art, Music, PE

What will the 75/25 Chinese and English Exposure Model Look Like?

  • Chinese immersion instruction, instead of once-daily Chinese instruction
  • Professional, exemplary world language teaching staff
  • Chinese-speaking instructional assistants
  • Professional development and classroom training for teachers
  • Common SAS curriculum culturally adapted for this program
  • Service learning opportunities where students communicate directly in Chinese
  • Celebration of Chinese cultural activities where the community becomes the classroom

Progressing Through Immersion over Time

Progressing through Immersion Over Time

Immersion in kindergarten, first, and second grade is one-way immersion, comprised of students who are native English speakers learning Chinese.

As we build our program, fourth and fifth grade can become two-way immersion, with a mix of students, some of whom are native English speakers learning Chinese, and some native Chinese speakers who are learning English, each language group serving as each other’s language models.

How Will Immersion Classes be Aligned with the Rest of the School?

Dedicated daily time for English language and literacy instruction
Language-specific dedicated spaces for both English and Chinese, with teach teaching, flexible furniture and structures, and natural light
Collaborative environments for personalized learning
Positive education framework that combines the principles of positive psychology with best-practice teaching and educational paradigms that promote healthy development and success in the school setting
Readers and Writers Workshop
Classroom libraries of leveled readers

The Chinese Immersion Teachers

We know that student success is directly tied to quality teaching. In addition to being highly skilled, SAS teachers and instructional assistants are dedicated to connecting with students and engaging them at every point in their learning.

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speakers who are proficient and educated

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experience as Mandarin teachers

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subject classroom teachers

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are Chinese-speaking with skills working in partnership with teachers and students

Language Learning in Middle and High School

Middle School

  • Competency to thrive in core subjects taught in English.
  • Advanced level language courses available for language electives.
  • Integrated language courses (now in the earliest stages of development)

High School

  • Language courses from novice to college level, including Advanced Placement Chinese Language and Culture, and Advanced Topic Chinese Language: History
  • Seal of Biliteracy for students who have attained required language proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation
  • Chinese Honor Society
  • Multiple service clubs that focus of China with travel and language use possibilities

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Who should apply

Fluency in English is required for incoming kindergarten immersion students. Prior exposure to Chinese language is not required.

Joining the immersion program at Singapore American School is a commitment. To be accepted, parents must agree to their children remaining in the immersion program through fifth grade, unless they relocate out of Singapore earlier. We also ask that parents be willing to make a commitment to reading English books with their children every day at home.

All candidates will be screened.

For new SAS applicants

Indicate your official interest in immersion in the admissions application process. Applications for new families will be considered based on priority lane, date of application, and completeness of application, and are subject to thorough review for general admission to SAS.

Apply

For current SAS families enrolled in our early learning center

Contact the Director of World Languages, Sally Lean, for immersion placement information.

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Extended Learning in the Summer

Great language learning opportunities are also available through Summer Semester!

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Exciting possibilities

Testimonial

We left the US almost eight years ago. We came to Singapore for this school. We love the Mandarin (program), that was really important to us. This morning I had a Mandarin conversation with the kids – I was very excited about that.

Amit Sevak, SAS PARENT

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