World Languages

World Languages

Nowhere could it be more relevant and beneficial to learn World Languages than in the internationally diverse environment of Kuala Lumpur and our GIS community.

World Languages at GIS

We acknowledge and celebrate the fact that many of our students come to us with a rich experience and knowledge of languages other than English making them proficient linguists with a natural advantage in the World Languages classroom. Regardless of their linguistic background, all of our students are given the opportunity to become a polyglot. Most GIS learners readily understand the importance of broadening their linguistic horizons and that in addition to opening up educational and career opportunities, learning languages equips them with a wealth of skills that can be used throughout their adult life and in a range of settings.

Based on the latest research, our innovative and forward-thinking faculty have designed clear pathways in Mandarin, Malay, French and Spanish so that all students can flourish in World Languages. Our aim is for students to have the confidence and enthusiasm to communicate in multiple languages and appreciate the cultures in which they are spoken. Speaking a language is a life-long skill which opens doors at the world’s most prestigious universities and differentiates our students from the merely academic in the increasingly competitive global employment market-place.

Mandarin at GIS

The richness and diversity of our school community is such that the full spectrum of linguistic ability in Mandarin is found within our student body. Our students range from complete beginners to those with fully age-appropriate native-language literacy skills. To meet the learning needs of each student, GIS Mandarin curriculum employs three pathways: 

Mandarin A (CNL): The focus for students is to further develop their skills of analysis and evaluation using a variety of Chinese literary texts, and to develop their practical and creative writing skills. Students following this pathway will normally take IGCSE Chinese as a First Language and A level for their exam courses.

Mandarin B (MSL): The focus for students in this pathway is to develop their reading and writing skills, so that they are able to understand and analyse increasingly complex written and spoken materials and assess subtleties of the language in a wide range of forms and styles. Students following this pathway normally take IGCSE Chinese as a Second Language and A level exam courses.

Mandarin C (MFL): The focus for students in this pathway is to develop a balanced four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students following this pathway normally take IGCSE Chinese as a Foreign Language.

French and Spanish at GIS

More than 300 million people speak French across five continents making it the second most widely learned foreign language after English, and the fifth most widely spoken language in the world. 

French is both a working language and an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross and international courts. Therefore it makes it a very interesting language to have a knowledge of, with many opportunities in the international job market.

Spanish on the other hand is the second most spoken language in the world (after Chinese), with over 400 million native speakers spread across 21 countries. It is an increasingly important language for those who work in business and are interested in working in Latin America. 

The teaching of French and Spanish at GIS is rooted in a research-based and cognitive-theory led approach developed by former GIS teacher: Dr. Gianfranco Conti. The EPI (Extensive Processing Instruction) teaching technique focuses on “automatising” high-frequency language and developing an understanding of language patterns. 

Students focus on learning vocabulary in “chunks”, testing what they have learnt in blocks through the practice of four key skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing); enabling a deeper understanding of the structures behind the language.

Topics are interleaved and therefore recycled in a structured way to ensure maximum retention. This cutting-edge curriculum design, coupled with our innovative teaching techniques (which allow for high levels of both challenge and engagement) are key contributors to our students’ success at GCSE and A Level.

Bahasa Malaysia at GIS

At GIS, we are proud to be an international school but we are also proudly Malaysian. 

The Malay language is an intrinsic part of Malay culture and as such Malaysian nationals are required to study Bahasa Malaysia. In line with government guidelines we offer Malay language classes for students from Year 1 to Year 11, which are also open to students of other nationalities. As a result, we offer two pathways in Malay, one leading to a Malay First Language (MFL) iGCSE and the other leading to a Malay as a Foreign Language iGCSE.

The MFL is designed to challenge those students who speak Malay at home and focuses more on reading and writing. Whilst the Foreign Language iGCSE is for learners who are new to the language; allowing them to explore the language, culture and history of Malaysia in a series of fun and engaging lessons. Many of our students choose to sit the Malay as a Foreign Language iGCSE exam in Year 9.

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