Languages in Middle School

The GESS language programme is the result of 15 years of continuous development. As an international school in Singapore, we ensure that our students have a strong fluency in English as well as connections to their mother tongue and culture.

English
Foreign Languages
Mother Tongue Programme

English

The key to our students' academic success is developing strong academic fluency in English. At GESS International School, our Middle School English Programme is designed to support the needs of our diverse student population as well as ensure that our students have the fluency, competency and English language skills to be able to confidently access the curriculum in all subjects.

Our expertly designed English programme has two streams to ensure our students are challenged and supported.

  • Language and Literature
    An English programme for our students whose English level is at a native or near-native level of English.
  • Language acquisition
    A specially designed programme to support and develop our students with an intermediate plus level of English.
English as an Additional Language (EAL)

A specialised English programme for students in grades 6-8, with intensive English support and teaching. A minimum English proficiency level of A2 Elementary is required for entry into grade 6 and B1 Intermediate for grades 7 and 8.

Foreign Languages

All middle school students at our international school study either a foreign language, a mother tongue language or both. Languages are a huge part of our international school's culture. We strongly value multilingualism and supporting our students' language learning.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE Acquisition programme

The GESS Language Acquisition Programme starts in grade 6. Our students are given the choice of studying Mandarin, French or Spanish as a foreign language. Through expert tuition and a student-centred approach, our students can progress to studying the foreign language in the IB Diploma Programme.

German as a foreign language

Most of our middle school students also study German as a foreign language. There is a beginner class in each grade and our students can progress to studying German in the IB Diploma programme as well as the prestigious DSD (Deutsches Sprachdiplom Stufe) German proficiency exam.

Studying German as a foreign language opens your child’s future to some of the world’s most successful companies as well as leading global universities. Over 15 million students study German as a foreign language worldwide.

Does my child have to speak German to join GESS?

No, our German programme is designed for students who do not speak any German. There is a beginner German class in every grade. Most new students joining our IB primary school do not speak German. There is no requirement for parents to speak German either.

Entry Requirements for Language Acquisition Programme

The Language Acquisition Programme (Mandarin, Spanish or French) starts in grade 6 at beginner level. Students joining grade 7 need at least 1 year of previous study and for grade 8, at least 2 years of previous study.

Mother Tongue Programme

GESS International School is immensely proud of our Mother Tongue Programme and supporting our students' connection to their cultural roots. We have invested greatly in our Mother Tongue Programme and presently offer over 10 mother tongue languages in middle school. Students can choose to study their mother tongue language or a foreign language (Mandarin, Spanish or French).

We currently offer the following mother tongue languages:

  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • German
  • Mandarin*
  • Korean*
  • Indonesian*
  • Japanese*
  • Hindi*
  • French*
  • Spanish*
  • Swedish*

*Additional tutor fees may apply. Other mother tongue languages may be possible. Please check with the Admissions Team.

English
Foreign Languages
Mother Tongue Programme

English

The key to our students' academic success is developing strong academic fluency in English. At GESS International School, our Middle School English Programme is designed to support the needs of our diverse student population as well as ensure that our students have the fluency, competency and English language skills to be able to confidently access the curriculum in all subjects.

Our expertly designed English programme has two streams to ensure our students are challenged and supported.

  • Language and Literature
    An English programme for our students whose English level is at a native or near-native level of English.
  • Language acquisition
    A specially designed programme to support and develop our students with an intermediate plus level of English.
English as an Additional Language (EAL)

A specialised English programme for students in grades 6-8, with intensive English support and teaching. A minimum English proficiency level of A2 Elementary is required for entry into grade 6 and B1 Intermediate for grades 7 and 8.

Foreign Languages

All middle school students at our international school study either a foreign language, a mother tongue language or both. Languages are a huge part of our international school's culture. We strongly value multilingualism and supporting our students' language learning.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE Acquisition programme

The GESS Language Acquisition Programme starts in grade 6. Our students are given the choice of studying Mandarin, French or Spanish as a foreign language. Through expert tuition and a student-centred approach, our students can progress to studying the foreign language in the IB Diploma Programme.

German as a foreign language

Most of our middle school students also study German as a foreign language. There is a beginner class in each grade and our students can progress to studying German in the IB Diploma programme as well as the prestigious DSD (Deutsches Sprachdiplom Stufe) German proficiency exam.

Studying German as a foreign language opens your child’s future to some of the world’s most successful companies as well as leading global universities. Over 15 million students study German as a foreign language worldwide.

Does my child have to speak German to join GESS?

No, our German programme is designed for students who do not speak any German. There is a beginner German class in every grade. Most new students joining our IB primary school do not speak German. There is no requirement for parents to speak German either.

Entry Requirements for Language Acquisition Programme

The Language Acquisition Programme (Mandarin, Spanish or French) starts in grade 6 at beginner level. Students joining grade 7 need at least 1 year of previous study and for grade 8, at least 2 years of previous study.

Mother Tongue Programme

GESS International School is immensely proud of our Mother Tongue Programme and supporting our students' connection to their cultural roots. We have invested greatly in our Mother Tongue Programme and presently offer over 10 mother tongue languages in middle school. Students can choose to study their mother tongue language or a foreign language (Mandarin, Spanish or French).

We currently offer the following mother tongue languages:

  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • German
  • Mandarin*
  • Korean*
  • Indonesian*
  • Japanese*
  • Hindi*
  • French*
  • Spanish*
  • Swedish*

*Additional tutor fees may apply. Other mother tongue languages may be possible. Please check with the Admissions Team.