Our language programmes are developed and enacted in a manner consistent with our Waldorf character, our unique location in Malaysia and the qualifications pathways offered in High School.
In line with our educational values, mission and vision, our goal in language learning is to develop effective communicators who, as global citizens, appreciate and respect cultural diversity, language and identity.
In devising our curriculum framework and programmes of learning in languages, we have integrated much of what is known from research about how students best acquire language skills. This includes embedding language learning in rich and practical contexts and provision, where possible, of trans-language opportunities for students. It also involves careful attention to rhythms in learning and eliciting support for language acquisition at home as well as school, as this is essential in increasing language exposure. In this sense, language learning is the shared responsibility of teachers, students and parents.
Sasana International School currently offers three languages:
From the time students enter Class One, in junior school, they are timetabled for formal instruction in all three languages.
As an international school, emphasis is placed on English as the main medium of instruction and qualifications. As far as is practically possible, lesson approach and content is differentiated to take account of those of differing levels of fluency.
All students enrolled in Sasana International School’s High School are expected to undertake English as a first or second language. Students will be assessed at the end of Middle School (Class 8) and grouped, from High School onwards, according to their specific programme of study.
As Bahasa Malaysia is the official language of Malaysia, most students are expected to undertake study in Bahasa Malaysia in High School with a focus on acquisition of basic fluency in reading and writing and a reasonable level of fluency in conversational Bahasa Malaysia. Students wanting to undertake Bahasa Malaysia as a first language are encouraged to do so.
Students will also have the option in High School to study Mandarin Chinese as a first or second language in accordance with course entry requirements.
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