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We never forget the value of your child’s cultural diversity. In addition to the core curriculum, we provide an extensive World Languages Programmeto offer native language lessons throughout the school for Mandarin, Korean, French, Spanish, Japanese and Hebrew, all of which are delivered by our specialist native-speaking teachers.

As the only British owned, British managed and largely British staffed school in Shanghai, Britannica International School provides the ‘Best of British Education’.

We also deliver a comprehensive English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme, delivered by highly qualified and experienced specialist teachers, which fully supports the English language development of our non-native English speaking students. 

All of our classroom teachers at Britannica International School, Shanghai, are exceptionally skilled teachers; we focus on the development of English language skills, regardless of the activity or subject being taught. On the sports field, on the stage, in the playground and in the classroom, pupils will learn to acquire the skills needed to become linguistically confident in the English language.

World Languages

We respect everyone’s native language and appreciate the value of second or third languages in our students’ future lives. Our unique Language Programme underpins our curriculum from Reception onwards.

Native Speaker programme

If your child is a native Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, French, Italian or Hebrew speaker we will support the refinement of their language skills from Reception onwards, through a combination of specialist classroom instruction and after school extension lessons.

Foreign Languages programme

At Britannica, Mandarin, Spanish and French are also offered as foreign languages.  Mandarin teaching is provided to all students from pre-Nursery (age 2) to Sixth Form (age 18). After Year 4 (age 8), students are offered the opportunity to learn an additional European language, which is currently either French or Spanish.

English as a first language

Fluency in the English language is central to learning in all curriculum decisions. We therefore carefully assess all students for their reading, writing and speaking skills as they start at Britannica International School, Shanghai. This assessment continues throughout their days at the school to ensure they progress at or above UK expectations.

English second language speakers

Each student at Britannica International School, Shanghai, is offered a tailored approach to their language learning. Classroom teaching and learning is differentiated according to an individual student’s needs. Our team of highly qualified teachers are supported by the Classroom Teaching Assistant in our Early Years and Primary classrooms who help support this personalised learning.

During their secondary years, (ages of 12 to 14) our students are placed in ability groups for their English lessons, according to their language needs. The duration and intensity of the support varies according to the needs of the individual student.

In Year 10 (age of 15) all Britannica students follow British IGCSE examination courses, many of which are elective subjects chosen by the students, with guidance from the school. Chinese, Korean, Japanese and European students will all find suitable IGCSE courses that ensure they achieve the highest grades possible in their chosen subjects. Students can opt for an appropriate IGCSE in English that gives them full globally recognised accreditation for their level of competency in English