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Languages

Bilingual, biliterate & bicultural language program

Fluency in multiple languages is not only a valuable asset, but can also contribute to a greater appreciation of different cultures. At Stamford American, we make world language learning possible for children as young as 18 months. Through our World Language Program, we offer daily instruction in three 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 Middle school and High school, these classes become more intensive 80-minute sessions every other day. Progress is measured across 9 levels for Spanish and 7 levels for Mandarin. Students have the opportunity to learn at their own pace and are assessed regularly to track their progress and set learning goals.

Bilingual Mandarin and English

from 3 to 10 years

Students who wish to invest more time and effort in learning a second language may participate in the Bilingual Program at no additional cost. Under this program, students are exposed equally to English and Mandarin in the subjects and concepts taught in their grades. Classes are taught by bilingual teachers who can fully engage with students while being proficient in both languages.

English for Non-Native Speakers

from 5 to 16 years

We live in a globalized world where many children speak a language other than English at home and in early education. However, to access and recognize the value of world-class education systems, they need a program that actively works to improve their English skills.

The Stamford American English as an Additional Language (EAL) program offers a unique environment that sees students fully integrated into the mainstream classroom and supported by dedicated EAL experts. Our goal is to bring EAL students’ communicative competence in English to a level that will enable them to work with their peers on an academic, social, and cultural level.

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 offered 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. This is a special opportunity for our diverse group of students to honor and celebrate their native language and cultural identity.

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