The languages we speak are as diverse as our multicultural community. The Western Academy of Beijing provides an integrated approach to language learning that helps our students become 万博足球网页engaged international thinkers and communicators within a global society.
万博足球网页WAB offers IB curriculum-integrated language courses for a number of languages during the regular school day.
For other languages not offered as part of our IB curriculum, WAB’s Mother Tongue Programs are provided at our school in partnership with the parent community to native speakers outside of regular school hours. Other specialized language programs are also available.
WAB has contributed to our child's development through reading, both in English and in Chinese. Judy reads a lot of books. Independence, freedom and respect - these ideas come from WAB and have really helped Judy to develop herself.
English is the language of instruction and primary language of communication at WAB, as well as part of the IB programs in all our schools.
万博足球网页We provide English as an Additional Language (EAL) support for all grade levels. Our EAL students receive help in every area of language acquisition in order to reach a high level of English language proficiency and achieve full participation in the WAB curriculum.
WAB is committed to providing opportunities for students to engage with their host country, China, in an authentic and meaningful way.
Interactions with members of the Chinese community within WAB, and in Beijing, form an integral part of the curriculum and provide genuine opportunities for students to develop and use Chinese language for real purposes. IBPYP, IBMYP and IBDP Chinese are offered at WAB. Complimentary Chinese Mother Tongue courses are offered during school hours to native speakers.
IBMYP and IBDP Spanish and French are offered at WAB. Curriculum-integrated language courses for native Dutch (WAB PYP) and German (IB PYP) speakers are also available - additional fees may apply.
With the approval of the Danish Ministry of Education, WAB is the first and only school in Beijing to have permission to offer the Danish national examinations, which mark the end of Danish schooling, Folkeskolen. The certificate Danish students earn from passing the test opens up opportunities for further education in Denmark, where Danish is often required for university admissions.
Our Mother Tongue Programs are a series of language courses for native-speakers of other languages.
万博足球网页There are two ways students can access mother tongue classes at WAB:
- Studying a WAB mother tongue provided in the curriculum – Chinese, Dutch, and German.
- Studying a mother tongue not provided by the school through a Community Languages Program – Danish, Finnish, French, and Japanese.