The foreign languages offered at ISS are French and Chinese. The four primary language skills are assessed in class: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Throughout the language courses students are encouraged to develop creative thought and expression, aesthetic awareness, enjoyment and appreciation of languages. At ISS, the development of language skills and Inter-cultural language learning opportunities help our students to know and understand the world around them and to understand commonality and differences, thus educating them to be good global citizens.
Years 9 - 10
The two year program offered at 9-10 expands student understanding of language learned in the Middle School program. Skills are further developed, leading up to the final IGCSE examination in year 10. Grammar rules are extended with students being introduced to the imperfect tense, the conditional tense and the future tense. This introduces students to formal writing. The textbooks used are Equipe 3, Equipe 4, Ni Hao 3, GCSE Chinese.
Students are expected to sit the IGCSE Second Language Mandarin Chinese examinations in May of Year 10 and the IGCSE Second Language French examinations in October/November.
Year 9 students studying French are eligible to sit the DELF A1 certificate corresponding to level 1of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Year 10 students studying French are eligible to sit the DELF A2 certificate. These examinations are sat at ISS but offered by the Alliance Française de Suva.
Year 9 students studying Chinese are eligible to sit the ACER Certificate 2 in Chinese (Mandarin). ACER (Assessment of Language Competence Certificates) provides certificates for second language learners in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region. Year 10 Students studying Chinese are eligible to sit the HSK 2 Certificate, which is offered at The Confucius Institute at USP.
Years 11 - 12
French and Chinese are offered as part of the IB Diploma program and the ACT Year 12 Certificate program. ACT Continuing French (or IB Diploma French B) and ACT Continuing Chinese (or IB Diploma Chinese B) are offered to students who have had 4-5 years of experience in learning these languages. ACT Beginning French (or IB Diploma French Ab Initio) is offered to students learning French for the first time in Year 11.
At the end of Year 12, French students are eligible to sit the DELF B1 or B2 certificates corresponding to levels 3 & 4 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. French Ab Initio students are eligible to sit level A2 or B1 midway through year 12. These examinations are offered by the Alliance Française de Suva.
Year 11 students studying Chinese are eligible to sit the HSK 3 Certificate. Year 12 students studying Chinese are eligible to sit HSK4 certificate. These examinations are offered at The Confucius Institute at USP. Students obtaining either of the certificates will be eligible to apply for a one-year full scholarship in a university in China to study language and culture study.