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Unique French-English bilingual programme at the Canadian International School (CIS) expanding from August 2021

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 22
February 2021 - The Canadian International School (CIS) in Singapore
is delighted to announce the expansion of its unique French-English
bilingual programme at the Lakeside campus with the opening of a class in
grade 1, 2 and 5 starting in August 2021. Going forward, the programme will now
be available to students at its Lakeside campus from grade 1 through to grade
5.

"We are extremely excited about
the programme's expansion as we are the only international school in Singapore to offer a French-English
bilingual program fully aligned to the International Baccalaureate PYP
framework, " says CIS Head of School Pete Corcoron. "We are delighted students
can now take advantage and enjoy the programme's unique benefits for a longer
period."

The decision to open up an
additional class underscores CIS' reputation as one of the most experienced and
trusted international schools in Singapore to offer bilingual programmes.  In addition to
CIS's French-English bilingual programme they also offer a Chinese-English bilingual programme for students in junior kindergarten to grade 6.

The French-English
bilingual programme objective

To educate students to become bilingual, biliterate and bicultural in
both French and English.

Key features of the French-English
bilingual programme

Each
class has two qualified teachers -- one English speaker and one French speaker.
Instruction is inquiry-based and fully aligned to the International
Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP). Students have equal
exposure to both languages -- classes are in English one day and French the
next.

CIS' teaching
approach

All learning is done through inquiry. Wherever possible, CIS uses
authentic materials (such as songs, stories, TV and websites) instead of
textbooks, and engage students in active, hands-on activities like acting out
plays, cooking and participating in quizzes. The school places a strong
emphasis on creating authentic experiences where learning mirrors real-life
activities. CIS don't do any translating. All learning is done through
immersion.

Who can enrol?

While language requirements do apply, CIS welcomes students from all
backgrounds. Some students are French native-speakers while others have been
educated in a French-speaking school or have a strong connection and passion
for the French language.

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