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  • Outstanding Location

    Located directly on the shores of the scenic South Lake (Nan Hu), we offer your child a respite from busy city life each day.

    South Lake Campus

  • A World-Class Curriculum

    We are the only school in Guangzhou to offer your child premium access to the English National Curriculum.

    VSE - Secondary

  • Activity & Responsibility

    Your child will be offered world-class opportunities designed to develop confidence, skill and responsibility.

    Graduation 2020

  • Highest Quality Staff

    Our teaching staff are the finest in Guangzhou. All are police verified and fully qualified with UK or international teaching experience.

    Monika Howes

  • Welcome to Guangzhou

    You won't just receive an excellent education for your child, you'll also be joining our growing international community.

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  • New Opportunities

    From our choir to our sports teams, every day something wonderful happens at The British School of Guangzhou.

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  • Tell us about your child

    Your child is our focus. Tell us about them and we'll help you make the right choices.

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Languages at The British School of Guangzhou are a vital part of the curriculum

Through learning about another language and culture, students develop an appreciation of different cultures and perspectives.

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Explore languages at BSG

English, French, Spanish & Chinese

Languages are taught using practical, engaging and interactive methods including pair- and group-work, as well as traditional reading and writing activities. Where appropriate, teachers and students alike make use of technology to augment and accelerate students’ progress.  

 

At BSG, all EYFS and Primary students learn Mandarin Chinese from day one. This allows them to better relate to the life they see around them every day in China and to make the most of opportunities to interact with the host culture.  

In Pre-Nursery and Nursery, our young learners have four Chinese lessons per week with native speakers with a strong emphasis on developing verbal fluency and confidence.  In Reception, students have daily Chinese lessons.

In Years 1, 2 and 3 there are four Chinese lessons each week suitable for all learners, whether beginners or mother tongue speakers. As well as working on students’ speaking and listening skills, there is a gradual increase in time devoted to improving reading and writing in Chinese.  

From Years 4 to Year 6, students have three one-hour lessons of Chinese per week. In the Summer Term of Year 6, we will begin asking students and parents to begin to consider which language they would like to pursue in the secondary school. The MFL department will support this process with key information so that an informed choice can be made.

At Key Stage 3, students choose one language from Chinese, French or Spanish and follow a course based on the English National Curriculum which develops the four skills in listening and speaking, reading and writing. Where possible, every opportunity is taken to discuss the culture of the countries where the languages are spoken.  

In Key Stage 4, students continue their chosen specialist language and follow the Cambridge International IGCSE curriculum. Students are assessed externally in all four communication skills and the course covers the following five areas of study; Everyday Activities, Personal & Social Life, The World Around Us, The World of Work and The International World. Students of Chinese have the option to take IGCSE qualifications in Chinese as a First Language – for mother tongue speakers, as a Second Language for advanced near-native speakers or as a Foreign Language.  

Timetable

Early Years Foundation Stage 

Pre-Nursery and Nursery: 4 x 40-minute Chinese lessons per week

Reception: Daily 40-minute Chinese lessons

Primary 

Years 1 – 3:  4 x 40-minute Chinese lessons per week 

Years 4 – 6: 3 x 60-minute Chinese lessons per week 

Key Stage 3 

Years 7-9: 2 x 70-minute lessons of either Chinese, French or Spanish. Students of Chinese grouped according to First, Second or Foreign Language.

Key Stage 4 

Years 10-11: 2 x 70-minute lessons per week. Students sit Cambridge IGSCE exams in either Chinese (First, Second or Foreign Language); French or Spanish.

Key Stage 5 

Years 12-13: 4 x 70-minute lessons per week. Students sit Edexcel AS and A2 exams in Chinese; or Edexcel International AS and A2 exams in either French or Spanish. 

In Key Stage 5, students have the option to continue their chosen specialist language. French and Spanish language students follow the Edexcel International A Level and students of Chinese study the Edexcel A Level. In both courses, the following four topics are covered in Year 12; Youth Culture, The World Around Us, Health & Fitness and Education & Employment. In Year 13, the course content expands to add Customs, Traditions, Beliefs and Religions; National and International Events and Literature and the Arts.

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