HAIS is a member of WIDA and as such, uses the assessments, learning outcomes and resources for all additional languages. This guarantees continuity across our language programme. We focus on what the children can do and provide a clear and effective pathway to success.
Our Vietnamese language classes are divided into different levels, ranging from basic through to native, which complements the Vietnamese needs and abilities of each student. The Vietnamese program is well-designed in that it aims to stimulate and integrate International students living in Vietnam. The textbook “The beautiful world” has 3 levels, which was edited by HAIS founder and educator Tran Hanh An, who is highly experienced in teaching Vietnamese to both domestic & global expats. This was done in collaboration with the HAIS teaching team under the consultancy of the top Vietnamese linguistic experts in Vietnam. The advanced native Vietnamese program was researched and extracted from different subjects such as Vietnamese, Vietnamese Literature, History, and Culture, and has been combined with other areas of our curriculum. This was done to enhance students knowledge and usage of the language. Students learn Vietnamese through the six units of Inquiry, which are “Who we are”, “How we express ourselves”, “Where we are in places and times”, “How we organize ourselves”, “How the world works”, and “Sharing the planet”.
In our Mandarin classes, students begin by using Pinyin. Pinyin is the official romanization system for Standard Chinese in mainland China. Our students sing songs, listen to stories and practice short dialogues with each other. Ms.Bella uses an inquiry approach to her teaching and incorporates as much speaking as possible so the students can build on a strong foundation.
We are very excited to be adding French to our additional languages program at HAIS! As with all of our languages, we don’t only teach language, but we teach culture as well. Students will have the opportunity to inquire into the cultures of French-speaking nations, explore the different dialects and engage with speakers around the globe using interactive technology. Along with the IB language scope and sequence document which guides the teaching and learning.
English as an Additional Language.
We recognize that for many of our students, English is not their first or even second language. Our English as an Additional Language programme caters to the needs of all of our students.
All non-native English speakers entering the International Programme must take an English assessment to determine their language abilities.
Students scoring within Level 1(Entering) or Level 2 (Emerging) are required to take English as an Additional Language class with a qualified native English speaker.
Once the EAL teachers believe there has been significant progress in language acquisition, then the student will be tested again. If they score within Level 3, they will exit EAL classes. All students applying for a place in the Secondary programme must score within Level 3 in order to access the curriculum.
HAIS is a member of WIDA and as such, uses the assessments, learning outcomes and resources for all additional languages. This guarantees continuity across our language programme.