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Languages at CISB


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CISB is an English language instruction school, which means all of our subjects are taught in English. The one exception is a second language, which includes Mandarin for our 3-year-old to Middle school students. Starting in Grade 9, students have the opportunity to opt for French, Korean languages. Mother tongue language classes are also available starting in Grade 11.

As part of our application process, all non-native English speakers will complete an English interview to assess the applicant’s reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills against grade-level expectations.  

Students who need extra support in this area join our Bilingual and multilingual learners (BMLs) program at the Primary / Elementary levels, and our English as an Additional Language (EAL) program in Middle/High.  

This assessment will place the student on a scale of Level 1 (Beginner) to Level 6 (Fluent). Minimum English language proficiency levels are required for some grades:

  • Nursery to Grade 4 – no minimal overall level required
  • Grade 5 – 3.6 with min. level 3 in reading & writing (needed by end of year to matriculate to Middle High)
  • Grade 6 & 7- minimum overall Level 3.6
  • Grade 8 – minimum overall Level 3.6 (with min. level 3 in reading & writing)
  • Grade 9 – minimum overall Level 4.6
  • Grade 10 to 12 – minimum overall Level 5

BML/EAL Proficiency Standards K-12

Bilingual and Multilingual Language (BML)

Students who obtain a Level 1 through Level 4 will be enrolled into our specialized in-school BML program that is designed to help students develop their English language skills.   

Our BML program varies depending on the student’s current abilities and grade level, and includes supports from our BML specialist focused on developing particular English skills. Students are regularly re-assessed within the school year to ensure their BML level reflects their developing skills.

When our students achieve an BML Level 5, they are no longer required to take part in our BML program. 

Chinese Language

Students from Preschool to Grade 8 will study Mandarin as their second language.  In our Preschool and Elementary programs, this includes one 40-minute period per day and, starting in Grade 2, is leveled based on the student’s ability.  In our Middle and High programs, Mandarin is taught as 1 of their 8 subject groups (usually seven 55-minute classes over a 10 day schedule).

French Language

As a Canadian school, CISB offers French language courses to high school students as well as through our after-school programs.

Additional Languages

CISB values the development of Mother Tongue languages and works to support continued learning through resources in our libraries to supporting Mother Tongues Self-Taught courses in our IB Diploma Programme.

Supporting this learning are after-school programs that develop French and Spanish skills that are available to both CISB students and our Parent communities.


How to register your child for CISB

Our online application makes applying to join our CISB community as easy as 1, 2, 3!

Call For Inquiry

(86-10) 6465 7788

01. Get in touch!

Our Admissions team is happy to answer any questions about learning at CISB or our application. Give us a call or email. If you're already in Beijing, come visit! We're happy to take you on a private tour of our beautiful campus.

02. Apply

Use our convenient online application to submit your information and the supporting documents we need.

03. Let's meet!

Once we've received your completed application, our Admissions team will be in touch to schedule English assessments or family interviews.

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Canadian International School of Beijing
38 Liangmaqiao Rd., Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100125, China

(+86-10) 6465 7788