This programme provides students with an opportunity to achieve fluency in both English and Mandarin with our high-quality bilingual, bicultural and bi-literate education. We believe that this will allow our students to ultimately have the opportunity to access higher education and work opportunities all over the world in both languages.
OWIS stands out from other bilingual schools in Singapore because it offers students a truly bilingual environment in which students receive almost equal instruction in both English and Mandarin.
The bilingual programme is ideal for any student who is interested in deepening their Chinese studies while maintaining and developing their English language proficiency. This includes:
Students who grew up in countries where Mandarin is the native language and they have age-appropriate fluency in Mandarin and English. They will benefit from this programme as it allows them to continue exploring their native language while simultaneously immersing themselves in the English language. It will enable them to have a deeper understanding of both languages.
Students who have been studying Mandarin and English for a while, and who have an advanced level of understanding, may enjoy the challenges of being in this immersive environment. This programme allows them to read, write and speak Mandarin fluently whilst maintaining their English skills.
The bilingual programme at OWIS is intentionally designed to provide students with an understanding of all concepts using both languages. The teachers in this programme are trained bilingual educators, which allows students to benefit from an immersive learning environment.
For instance, when teachers are presenting the 'Mind and Body' concept, they would create learning engagements that allow the students to explore different key concepts in both languages. Throughout the lesson, students are encouraged to discuss and ask questions in both English and Mandarin. The strategic design of this lesson allows students to expand their vocabulary in both languages while working toward linguistic fluency.
Our warm and friendly school atmosphere helps children feel safe and included. With small classes of up to 24 students, we ensure not only a good student-teacher ratio but also a more personalised learning
To ensure we deliver outstanding teaching quality, all of our teachers are hand-picked based on their shared values, vast experience, commitment to excellence and internationally recognised teaching qualifications.