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Languages

We offer a range of languages to enable students to develop proficiency in their mother tongue or an additional language

Overview

At Chatsworth, while our academic programmes are predominantly delivered in English, we offer French and/or Mandarin for all students in the elementary school.

French and Mandarin are taught as an additional language to all students in Kindergarten through Year 2. Students are introduced to the fundamental skills and knowledge essential for learning Mandarin through inquiry-based activities. In Year 3 onwards, students choose to continue studying either French or Mandarin.

As students move to secondary school for the Middle Years Programme, language classes are scheduled so students have regular opportunities to engage with the target language. There is an opportunity for students to earn the MYP Bilingual Certificate which would set them up for success to be awarded the Bilingual Diploma at the end of the two-year IB Diploma Programme.

 

IB MYP Language Pathways

IB Middle Years Programme Language and Literature Mother Tongue is offered in Years 7 to 11. The programme develops literacy skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) in the target language. It assumes first language competency in the mother tongue language.

As an IB school, all students are required to study two languages: One language from Group 1 (Language and Literature) and one language from Group 2 (Language Acquisition). It is not recommended that students study three languages. Students may study two languages from Group 1. However it is not permitted for a student to study two languages from Group 2.

MYP Pathways Languages

Pathway 1

Group 1 English Language and Literature
Group 2 French OR Chinese Language Acquisition

Pathway 2

Group 1 Mother Tongue Language and Literature
Group 2 English Language Acquisition

Pathway 3

Group 1 Japanese Language and Literature (taught class)
Group 2 English Language Acquisition

Pathway 4

Group 1 English Language and Literature
Group 1 Mother Tongue Language & Literature

Pathway 5

Group 1 English Language and Literature
Group 1 Japanese Language & Literature (taught class)

Mother Tongue Language Programme

We offer a broad range of mother tongue languages. These include Arabic, Filipino, French, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese (we also offer Japanese in school).  Our Mother Tongue Programme is supported by external mother tongue tutors who are fully trained in IB MYP concepts and assessment. Separate fees apply and are payable to the tutors. In school, students are timetabled to meet with the Mother Tongue coordinator. The coordinator assists the students in the language and literary skills needed for the IB MYP or DP and provides support to tutors to ensure that the curriculum delivered meets the standards of the school and the IBO.

 

IBDP School Supported Self-Taught Language

IB Diploma Programme School Supported Self-taught Literature is offered in Years 12 and 13. The two-year course focuses on literature and is only offered at a Standard Level. The course focuses on the development of literature skills in the students’ mother tongue. All assessment, both internal and external is completed in the target language and assessed externally. There is the opportunity for a bilingual diploma.

DP Pathways Languages

Pathway 1

Group 1 English A Language and Literature
Group 2 Language Acquisition French B or Chinese B OR Spanish Ab Initio

Bilingual Pathway 1

Group 1 School-supported self-taught Language A Literature
Group 2 Language Acquisition English B

Bilingual Pathway 2

Group 1 English A Language and Literature
Group 1 School-supported self-taught Language A Literature