The two main objectives of the Year 5 - 6 Languages Department are to improve the linguistic ability of the students, and raise awareness of the cultural aspects of their language of study. At the end of the course, students will be better able to interact with native speakers of their language of study and enhance their ability to use the language in their everyday life.
The Year 5 - 6 Languages Department offers four main languages of study. They are the Mother Tongue Languages - Chinese, Malay and Tamil. All the four languages are offered at the H1 and H2 levels, and they will be offered at the H3 level if there is sufficient demand. The different levels offered will ensure that the students, with their different language abilities, will benefit fully from the course.
To promote a deeper interest in the languages and allow students to further enhance their language ability outside the classroom, the department also carries out a number of special events and programmes throughout the year. These events and programmes serve to complement the academic programme.
RAFFLES BICULTURAL PROGRAMME (CHINA)
The Raffles Bicultural Programme (China) - one of our Cross-Cultural Programmes - is a brainchild of the department. The programme aims to raise the students' understanding of Chinese history and culture, as well as the socio-economic development of modern China. Open to all interested Year 5 students who would like to further their knowledge in both Chinese language and Chinese culture, this programme will enable students to have greater access to the cultural heritage of their forebears, and develop a worldview that complements their perspective of the English-speaking world.
Educational/immersion trips are also organised annually to China( Part of the Bicultural Programme(China)) Taiwan and Malaysia. Educational trips to India are in the pipeline. Depending on the country, short courses at educational institutes and/or industry visits may be arranged for students to allow them to gain a more practical understanding of the country, culture and people.