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Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong, 10 Shek Kok Road, Tseung Kwan O

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The Advanced Chinese Programme

With clearly articulated standards neatly demarcating accelerated progress for learners, the advanced Chinese language programme at Shrewsbury has begun to attract considerable attention from native speakers keen to draw upon the advantages of a truly international setting.

With clearly articulated standards neatly demarcating accelerated progress for learners, the advanced Chinese language programme at Shrewsbury has begun to attract considerable attention from native speakers keen to draw upon the advantages of a truly international setting.

“I meet a lot of native speaking parents who feel nervous about the linguistic commitment of international schools,” explained Head of Chinese, Ms Haze Kwok. “They are always fascinated to learn that standards of attainment at the advanced level here compare favourably with those seen at bilingual settings elsewhere in the region.”

 

Having designed and implemented a daily programme bound by seven interconnected domains of development, Ms Kwok remains determined that communicative competence remains at the very heart of her work, even for her most experienced students. “It is critical that all language learners remain committed to regular use and practical application. While thematic connection supports fluency across the curriculum for advanced level learners, our focus upon Chinese literacy supports rapid vocabulary development and grammatical precision.”

 

The Advanced programme is split into two sections: thematic learning makes up approximately 30% of the content and supports contextual application, consolidation and extension, while Chinese literacy addresses reading, writing and vocabulary development. Teachers work fluidly and with a centralised focus upon each individual child.

“In a traditional setting, students would likely work diligently through a textbook from start to finish, the pace of progress defined by a given resource. At Shrewsbury, we accelerate learning by personalising experiences more finely and regularly exposing students to a high volume of quality reading material,” Ms Kwok continued. 

While many of the texts used are taken from the Yuwen set (People's Education Press), others are drawn from an expansive library collection (over 2000 titles and growing) or written bespoke by members of the Chinese language team. Refined selection and considered presentation ensure that all students are sufficiently challenged and progress is keenly tracked.

“Ms Kwok joined our team at the point of foundation,” explained Principal, Mr Ben Keeling. “We share a great commitment to the development of Chinese language skills among our student body and were determined to develop a programme that allows native speakers to maintain pace with Chinese system standards, while enjoying the breadth of opportunity and experience that characterises international education. Resource selection has a role to play, but far more important are the teaching skills exhibited by our Chinese language team and their ability to adapt to the arising needs of our ambitious and capable students.”