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Language Programs

WAB language programs


The languages we speak are as diverse as our multicultural community. The Western Academy of Beijing provides an integrated approach to language learning that helps our students become 竞彩网官网engaged international thinkers and communicators within a global society.


竞彩网官网WAB offers IB curriculum-integrated language courses for a number of languages during the regular school day.

For other languages not offered as part of our IB curriculum, WAB’s Mother Tongue Programs are provided at our school in partnership with the parent community to native speakers outside of regular school hours. Other specialized language programs are also available.


Our Language Programs

Curricular Languages

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Mother Tongue

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Curricular Languages

English

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English is the language of instruction and primary language of communication at WAB, as well as part of the IB programs in all our schools.

竞彩网官网We provide English as an Additional Language (EAL) support for all grade levels. Our EAL students receive help in every area of language acquisition in order to reach a high level of English language proficiency and achieve full participation in the WAB curriculum.

Chinese

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WAB is committed to providing opportunities for students to engage with their host country, China, in an authentic and meaningful way.

Interactions with members of the Chinese community within WAB, and in Beijing, form an integral part of the curriculum and provide genuine opportunities for students to develop and use Chinese language for real purposes. IBPYP, IBMYP and IBDP Chinese竞彩网官网 are offered at WAB. Complimentary Chinese Mother Tongue courses are offered during school hours to native speakers.

Other Curricular Languages

IBMYP and IBDP Spanish and French are offered at WAB. Curriculum-integrated language courses for native Dutch (WAB PYP) and German (IB PYP) speakers are also available - additional fees may apply.

With the approval of the Danish Ministry of Education, WAB is the first and only school in Beijing to have permission to offer the Danish national examinations, which mark the end of Danish schooling, Folkeskolen. The certificate Danish students earn from passing the test opens up opportunities for further education in Denmark, where Danish is often required for university admissions.







Mother Tongue Programs

Our Mother Tongue Programs are a series of language courses for native-speakers of other languages.

There are two ways students can access mother tongue classes at WAB:

  1. Studying a WAB mother tongue provided in the curriculum – Chinese, Dutch, and German.
  2. Studying a mother tongue not provided by the school through a Community Languages Program – Danish, Finnish, French, and Japanese.


After-School Language Programs

WAB’s After-School Language Program (ALP) is designed to allow students to study an additional language at lunchtime and after school. These courses are offered based on teacher availability and sufficient enrollment, and are taught by qualified WAB teachers.

竞彩网官网ALP represents a ninth course for students, one more than the regular course load. These courses run for a minimum of 150 minutes per week and cover similar course content as the language courses timetabled within the regular school day. ALP allows students who are enrolled in other language courses, EAL or the Learning Support Program, the opportunity to study the host country’s language.

Students may select one ALP course: Chinese Language and Literature (for native speakers) or Chinese, French or Spanish Language Acquisition (for non-native speakers). Students are expected to attend two sessions per week for the entire school year and follow full WAB program requirements. Students may not enroll in two of the same ALP classes.

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