Bilingual education’s growth in China
As China continues to flourish and develop stronger ties with the rest of the world, a growing number of families have come to realise that a bilingual education with Chinese and English can give their children fantastic professional and personal advantages.
Nord Anglia Education established its first bilingual school in Shanghai in 2016 called Nord Anglia Chinese International School (NACIS). NACIS integrates the best practices of Eastern and Western education to complement and enrich the local curriculum using a bilingual teaching model. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) is seamlessly incorporated into the NACIS curriculum. You can learn more about NACIS here.
Bilingual education at NACIS goes beyond language study by infusing elements of Eastern and Western culture into the curriculum. It enables Chinese national and foreign teachers to amplify their respective strengths while broadening students’ ways of thinking and approaches to problem-solving.
Bilingual education in our China schools is grounded in the Chinese national curriculum with a compulsory nine years of study at its core. The knowledge and skills stipulated in the national curriculum are delivered and integrated into daily teaching and learning using innovative approaches, such as thematic and interdisciplinary learning.
Local education supplemented with international elements
As with our international schools, Nord Anglia’s bilingual schools partner with world-class organisations such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), The Juilliard School and UNICEF to provide our students with opportunities to accelerate their learning and achieve more than they ever thought possible. At NACIS, the school’s curriculum also features explorative and investigative international curricular elements from the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and International Middle Year Curriculum (IMYC).
Our bilingual teachers also take advantage of a range of international teaching resources to optimise their courses. For example, the use of the Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) approach immerses early years students in an English language environment, laying a solid foundation for future studies in English.
More importantly, bilingual education includes cutting-edge approaches to teaching and learning in both languages, giving Nord Anglia students a head-start from a young age. This kind of teaching and learning helps students succeed in the future by developing their core competencies, character and international-mindedness. The aim is to develop ambitious graduates who are true global citizens and equipped for future success.
Bilingual education in Vietnam
While China is a unique education environment, Nord Anglia’s offer of bilingual education has also been very successful in Vietnam.
The British Vietnamese International School in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, students are prepared for future success through the provision of a unique bilingual and bicultural education. Read more about the schools here.
The curriculum at these schools is taught in both languages, with a focus on English towards the end of the programme to prepare our students for university studies abroad.
For parents who desire a bilingual education in either China or Vietnam, Nord Anglia Education presents the perfect choice.
By Vicki He, Regional Head of Education, China