Fluency in multiple languages is not only a valuable asset but can help with a greater appreciation of different cultures. At Stamford American, we accommodate global language learning for children as young as 18 months. Through our World Language Program, we offer daily instruction in 3 of the world’s most widely spoken languages—Mandarin, Spanish and English. Coupled with our community-based Mother Tongue Program, Stamford American's language curriculum offers literacy in more than a dozen languages.
Daily Mandarin or Spanish
from 18 months to 11 years
Every child in our Early Learning Village and Elementary School receives daily Mandarin or Spanish lessons as part of the language curriculum. In Secondary School, these classes become more intensive 80-minute sessions every other day. Progress is measured through 9 levels for Spanish and 7 levels for Mandarin. Students are given the scope to learn at their own pace and are assessed on Standards-Based Measurement of Proficiency (STAMP).
Bilingual Mandarin and English
from 3 to 10 years
Students who are keen on dedicating more time and effort into learning a second language can join the Bilingual Program at no extra cost. This program gives learners equal exposure to the English and Mandarin languages in the subjects and concepts taught within their grade. Classes are taught by bilingual teachers who can fully engage with students as they master both languages.
English for Non-Native Speakers
from 5 to 16 years
English as an Additional Language (EAL) is a language program available to students who want to gain more confidence in their English language ability. Stamford American offers 2 programs for different levels of proficiency:
Mainstream EAL for mid- to high-level English language learners, available from Kindergarten 2 to Grade 10.
The Mainstream EAL Program is for the mid to high level English language learner who require additional support with the aim to successfully access the IB and US curriculums at their age appropriate grade level, while functioning well at a peer group level academically, socially and culturally.
Students in Mainstream EAL benefit from integration with their classmates, while a co-teaching/co-planning model capitalizes on specific strengths and expertise of the specialist EAL teacher, the homeroom and subject teachers. This provides a greater teacher to student ratio, and allows additional 1 to 1 and small group support for students in the classroom when needed.
Sheltered EAL for students who need more specialized support, available from Kindergarten 2 to Grade 8.
The Sheltered EAL Program is for beginning English language learners who need specialized support to gain the proficiency level needed in order to access the IB and US curriculums. Our goal is to transition them into a mainstream classroom as soon as they can reach an appropriate level of academic English.
Students receive daily specialized English classes with an EAL specialist teacher. Our Sheltered EAL students also benefit from a co-teaching and co-planning model.
The EAL specialist in conjunction with the homeroom teacher, teacher assistant and subject teacher, provide a safe and comfortable environment for these beginning English language learners.
Mother Tongue Program
for all ages
Stamford American offers an after-school mother tongue program through our international community of parents and professionals. Weekly lessons are available in a dozen languages including French, Russian, Hindi, Hebrew and Dutch.
In addition to native language teachers, students in the program have access to classroom facilities, IT support, library resources and a space to hold special events. Indeed, a special opportunity for our diverse group of students to honor and celebrate their native tongues and cultural identities.