XCL World Academy joins the bilingual preschool scene with their new English-Chinese Bilingual Programme for students in Pre-K, KG1 and KG2!
We’re excited to hear the news of XCL World Academy launching a new English-Chinese Bilingual Programme for Early Years Students from August 2021. XCL World Academy equips children with the academic and lifelong learning skills to take charge of their own success – helping to prepare them for further education, future careers and navigating the opportunities and challenges they will encounter in their lives. The new bilingual programme helps to spearhead that from the preschool level!
Multilingualism is significant in building international-mindedness, giving students insight into the thinking and perspectives of themselves and others. Language enables students to gather and compare points of view, and to show empathy, compassion and respect. As the world becomes more connected and multicultural than ever before, learning a second language is an increasingly important and valuable skill. The successful acquisition of two of the most spoken languages in the world – English and Mandarin – will provide students with the skills and cultural competency in this increasingly globalised world.
XCL World Academy: New English-Chinese (Mandarin) Bilingual Programme
The English-Chinese (Mandarin) Bilingual Programme for Early Years (offered at standard tuition fees with no additional charge!) is so bilingual that the percentage of Mandarin and English used in lessons is approximately equal. This is different from an immersion programme, where it’s often 90% Mandarin/10% English, or a Heritage programme designed for native Mandarin speakers. This bilingual programme is designed for students who don’t speak Mandarin as their native language but would like a headstart in the language.
The learning experience for students in the Early Years Programmes is aligned with the IB PYP curriculum framework. Students are encouraged to be curious, creative, collaborative, kind and considerate. They learn by connecting prior and new knowledge in meaningful ways in both English and Mandarin. In the Bilingual Programme, teachers are both proficient in English and Mandarin. Small classes and low student-to-teacher ratios are set to ensure adequate attention for each student.
Want to find out more? XCL World Academy is hosting an Open House on 22 May 2021, 10am! Sign up now!
This article published in 2021 when the school was operating under the name GEMS World Academy Singapore. As of 19th June 2021, the school rebranded to XCL World Academy after its acquisition by XCL Education, a forward-thinking group of private and international schools, kindergartens, and academic enrichment programs headquartered in Singapore. This article has since been updated to reflect this school name change to XCL World Academy.