In some cases, students entering with no English or with language learning issues may be pulled from an additional language class to receive intensive support in English.
TIS is an English medium school where all courses are taught in English. All students do receive Mandarin instruction and have the option to take an additional language, German, French or Korean.
All students do receive instruction in Mandarin for 40 minutes 4 times a week. There are 3 levels of Mandarin offered:
Beginner (phase 1-2)- no Mandarin spoken by the child.
Intermediate (phase 3-4)- the child speaks some Mandarin and one parent speaks Mandarin but little Mandarin is spoken at home.
Advanced (phase 5-6)-the child speaks fluent Mandarin and one or both parents speak Mandarin at home.
Students taking Korean at TIS speak an advanced level of Korean and are taught at an advanced level to prepare students for re-entry to Korean schools. Korean is taught for 40 minutes three times a week. Most students also receive Academy training out of school so they can return to a Korean education system. We do not offer Korean as a Foreign Language.
French or German
Both languages are offered at a beginner and advanced level beginning at P3, students in P1-P2 receive additional ELL support during this time if German or French is not their mother tongue. Due to the small numbers in the P3-P5 classes both levels are in the same class and the material is differentiated to meet the needs of students. Students have the option to choose French or German as an additional language during admissions. It is taught for 40 minutes three times a week.
Both languages are offered at a beginner and advanced level in all MYP classes. Due to the small numbers both levels are taught in the same class and the material is differentiated to meet the needs of students. Students have the option to choose French or German as an additional language during admissions. It is taught for 40 minutes twice a week. The beginner course teaches communication skills in every-day-situations. (family, travel, hobbies, food, etc).The advanced course involves more text handling and writing skills.
Mother Tongue Options
Families also have the option to provide self-study curriculum materials for their child in their mother tongue language. This student will study his/her self-study program in the library during World Language time for 40 minutes three times a week. TIS does not provide a teacher or support for this program, it is entirely up to parents to provide curriculum materials and monitor progress.