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First Language Programme

At St Andrews International School Bangkok, we have a strong commitment to supporting students to maintain a high standard of proficiency in their native language. 

  • Secondary school student studying | St Andrews International School Bangkok | Thailand

Our programme addresses students who are native speakers or have equivalent native level language proficiency of French, German, Japanese and Korean. Interested students are assessed to determine eligibility for this paid programme.

Why should your child join this programme?

They give students a head-start

Students can join their First Language Programme from as young as 4 years of age (Reception class) and continue all the way to graduation, aged 18.

We only employ qualified teachers

Those who deliver the First Language Programme are more than just native speakers, they hold recognised and well-regarded teaching qualifications.

Our lessons take place during the school day

The programme is embedded into the school day, not after school when children are tired and easily distracted.

The Benefits of our First Language Programme (FLP)

The main benefit of our First Language Programme (FLP) is that it will equip students with the skills to succeed and integrate smoothly into the national education system upon returning to their home country.  

The FLP also supports senior students with the right set of skills to prepare for language tests required to enter universities and colleges. 

In addition, research has widely shown that being able to communicate to a high standard in two or more languages has benefits on the brain of the child: 

  • It can improve mental processing capacity, memory and mental flexibility, and help the child see the world from different perspectives;

  • Skills and concepts taught in the learners’ first language do not have to be taught again when learning a second language. A student who knows how to read and write in one language will develop reading and writing skills faster when learning a new language.

The lessons

Our first-language lessons in French, German, Japanese and Korean follow the curricula of each respective country. Students who enrol in the First Language Programme will attend four periods of study, which include 2 hours of lessons per week, at a minimum cost.

French

The French lessons for native speakers are based on the skills set in the French National curriculum. Since 2-hours will be allocated per week, topics will be covered to a different extent compared to French Schools. An opportunity to practice further the study of the French language (reading and writing) is offered through the weekly French for Native Speakers ECA in which students are encouraged to join. 

German

In German for native speakers lessons, we encourage students to develop their oral and written language skills. Students learn to express themselves in words and writing comprehensively and according to the situation and audience. The program aims to develop student’s knowledge and understanding of German grammar and equip them with an extensive vocabulary. As far as possible we follow the German curriculum requirements so that students on our First Language Programme will have almost the same language level as their peers in German schools.

Japanese

The Japanese for native speakers lessons are designed to develop language skills and build awareness of Japanese culture. Students will acquire the four basic language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening through Project-Based Learning covering national content. In addition, the students will experience Japanese cultural events, such as writing seasonal greetings and Japanese calligraphy, to help them develop their identity.

Korean

The Korean for Native Speakers Programme parallels the Korean standard curriculum core content, utilising the national textbook as a guideline. Developing learners with an interest in Korean language participate in storytelling, sing-a-longs, and playing games. The programme focuses on reading and writing skills according to the individual student level. More advanced students will transition to the comprehension of various texts and improving communication skills.