Language learning is an important part of our learning philosophy at Dulwich College (Singapore). We believe that learning a language is essential to understanding the world and to appreciate the subtleties of cultural differences. Mandarin is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, and anyone able to speak it will have more opportunities open to them in the future. Dulwich College International schools have developed a strong Mandarin programme. At Dulwich College (Singapore) Mandarin is taught as a native language, second language and foreign language. To meet the learning needs of each student, the Dulwich Mandarin curriculum employs three pathways: MFL (Mandarin as a Foreign Language), MSL (Mandarin as a Second Language), CNL (Chinese as a Native Language). At Dulwich College (Singapore) we want to ensure that your children attain the best possible learning outcomes.

Our Dual Language approach in DUCKS gives our youngest students an opportunity to become comfortable speaking two languages at an early age. Lessons are taught by a native English speaking teacher with a Mandarin speaking Assistant Teacher. Grasping concepts in two languages has benefits for both language learning and cognitive development. Young children are highly receptive to language acquisition and in our dual language programme, which is offered in the Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2, children will develop meta-linguistic awareness, that is, an understanding of how language works. We recognise the importance of Mandarin as a global language. It is well documented that children’s cognitive development is at a higher than expected level when they learn in a multi-lingual environment. Children at Dulwich College (Singapore) will learn in an environment rich in both English and Mandarin, enabling them to move seamlessly between both languages. Within the framework of the English National Curriculum, linguistic development in both languages will receive equal attention and be tailored to meet each child’s individual needs. The teachers will work closely together to observe, plan and assess each child, sharing information daily. The Lead Teacher (whose first language is English) is responsible for the delivery of the English curriculum and will ensure that the activities planned and language spoken meet each child’s needs. Alongside the dual language environment, children from reception to Year 2 will have set Mandarin sessions everyday. Students will be placed according to their Mandarin level.

"The Junior School is a Golden Period for foreign language Mandarin learners because they are most likely to take a leap of progress in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills at the same time. When the students lay a solid foundation in these years, they excel in Mandarin" Jenny Zhang, Head of Mandarin, Junior School

The aim of Junior School Mandarin program is to ensure that students develop listening, speaking, reading, writing skills essential to achieve their linguistic potential and to foster their curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. Our teaching enables students to express their ideas and thoughts and provides opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking, and read literature in the original language. At Junior School, students take Mandarin on a daily basis. Our students range from complete beginners to those with fully age-appropriate native-language literacy skills and children are separate according to ability.

The richness and diversity of our College communities is such that the full spectrum of linguistic ability in Mandarin is found within our student body. Our students range from complete beginners to those with fully age-appropriate native-language literacy skills. To meet the learning needs of each student, Dulwich College (Singapore) Mandarin curriculum employs three pathways: Mandarin A: Chinese as a Native Language, Mandarin B: Mandarin as a Second Language and Mandarin C: Mandarin as a Foreign Language.






    • 71 Bukit Batok West Avenue 8
    • Singapore, 658966

    • CPE Registration Number: 201027137D
    • Period of Registration: 09-01-2016 to 08-01-2020


Our Heritage

The close collaboration among our Colleges stimulates innovation and encourages an international outlook, which we believe provides students an advantage in the future they will face. The result is a community where academic ability is nourished, creativity is valued, diversity is celebrated and inspiration is paramount.

Our Facilities

Our College campus is an expression of our learning philosophy. We offer an educational environment designed to nurture the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development of our students. 

Our Approach to Learning

Our students experience the very best of a British Independent School education, which is holistic, academically challenging and adapted to meet the individual needs of our international family.

Dual Language Learning for the 21st Century

We recognise the importance of competency and fluency in a second language. To this end, we are committed to a dual language approach in DUCKS (age 1 - 7) where children are taught in both English and Mandarin. Students in DUCKS and Junior School receive daily Chinese classes which are streamed according to their ability.

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