To support our multilingual students, we offer a range of advanced language classes in the academic timetable. To be placed in any first language course, students need to have had previous academic study of the language, and it must also be their home language.
When these classes form part of the academic programme we call them ‘advanced’ courses and classes generally take place during the school day. This is different from our extensive Home Language (mother tongue) Programme for those students who are not able to take their first language during the school timetable.
These advanced foreign language courses are for first language (native speaking), or near-first language (near-native speaking) students who also have prior academic study of the language.
Most advanced courses are part of the timetable and are delivered during the school day, with the exception of Dutch and Japanese which are offered after school to Dover Middle School students, in Grades 7 and 8.
Our School Supported Self Taught Language (SSST) programme is offered for High School students during the academic timetable. The course is for home language (mother tongue) learners who have also previous study of the language in an academic setting and who plan to continue studying the language in the IB Diploma in Grade 11 as a Language A or B choice. If you intend to apply to study in the SSST programme, please contact Admissions prior to making an application to ensure that we are able to support the language you plan to request.
On Dover Campus, students in Grade 9 and 10 whose first language is Dutch, French, German, Korean or Japanese are offered a UWCSEA-designed First Language course which provides academic study of the chosen language in preparation for the IB Diploma (or a return to study in a school which teaches in the language).
Available languages options differ by campus and are subject to demand.