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Languages at KIS

We believe that language underpins the foundation for thinking and the development of self-expression. Students from many linguistic backgrounds come together to learn, with English being their shared language, the language of instruction and inclusion at KIS.

The acquisition of more than one language enriches personal growth and promotes international understanding, therefore, knowledge of a second language is an essential element of the International Baccalaureate programmes. Additionally, KIS supports the IB's beliefs that continued development of mother tongue language is crucial for maintaining identity, cultural understanding and empathy. Please see the list of languages that KIS offers below, where language B refers to language acquisition and language A refers to mother tongue language learning:


Offered by KIS

English Language / Language + Literature A PYP, MYP, DP
English as an Additional Language  PYP, MYP
Spanish B MYP, DP
Mandarin B MYP, DP
Thai as an Additional  Language PYP

Languages that are, or have been, done at KIS through the other languages programme are:

Dutch A
Swedish A
Cantonese A
Hungarian A
Tamil A
Hindi A
Spanish A
Mandarin A
German A
Bahasa Indonesia A
Hebrew A
Japanese A
French A 
Korean A
Norwegian B
Thai B
French B
German B

The school can help parents arrange other mother tongue languages. In some special circumstances other Languages B may be requested as well.

English as an Additional Language

The English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme has been developed to help non-native English speakers attain a high level of English proficiency to satisfy the academic requirements and participate to the fullest extent possible in school life. Students receive EAL support according to their individual needs. This is done during the regular school day, either in the classroom (Primary only) or by individual or small group support or a combination of both.

Students in Secondary School must have a certain level of competency in English in order to cope with the KIS Middle Years Programme and be fully prepared for the IB Diploma. Students who enter KIS from Grade 6 and up who require English support will enter an EAL programme designed according to their English language proficiency. They will not study English, Humanities and Science until such time as they are able to cope fully in these classes without support . Other subject areas such as Maths, Thai Studies, Information Technology, Physical Education, the Arts, and Advisory will take place within the mainstream classroom. Students must complete the EAL programme by the end of the 9th grade in order to be prepared for the demands of the Diploma Programme. Please note that students will only be admitted to KIS if they are expected to be fully mainstreamed by the end of Grade 9.

For Early Years students who are not yet proficient in English, language acquisition through language immersion, organized and spontaneous activities help develop comprehension skills and establish a working vocabulary in English. Since language skills are key to inquiry-based learning, KIS has developed extensive strategies, curriculums and policies to ensure that language is a focus in all learning areas of the Early Years Programme.

Thai Language Programmes

The Thai Language programme supports the mother tongue of our host country students, and together with Thai Studies meets the Thai Ministry of Education approved language and culture curriculum. All Thai students are required by law to participate in this programme throughout their school years. For Secondary Thai students who are unable to participate in this programme (where Thai is not a mother tongue - often due to having lived overseas), Thai B is available upon request. In the Primary School students join the Thai as an additional Language Programme. Likewise Non-Thai Students who make Thailand their home and can speak Thai fluently may be assessed and join the Thai Language Programme.

Non-Thai secondary school students also follow a Thai-studies course.

The Thai as an Additional Language (TAL) programme has been developed specifically for primary school students with native languages other than Thai. It gives students an insight into the unique language and culture of our host country.

Language Acquisition

In Secondary School Spanish and Mandarin (Language B) are offered as a second language to non-Thai students and as a third language option for Thai students. Students must take a minimum of four years of instruction to be eligible to continue with Language B in the IB Diploma programme. Late entry into the Spanish or Mandarin programme is possible up until Grade 8. Students entering KIS after Grade 9 may select Spanish or Mandarin ab initio (i.e. beginner course) offered in Grade 11.

Other Language Programmes

KIS will assist in setting up additional mother tongue language programmes upon request. This can be done at primary and secondary levels through after school classes, personal tutorials and small group tuition.

Secondary students whose mother tongue is neither Thai nor English may decide to take their mother tongue as their second language as an independent study unit. This option allows students to continue their mother tongue studies to an advanced secondary level all the way to IB Diploma. This course of study requires home support and understanding of the challenges of independent study. Parents are required to discuss the logistics of this option with the Principal.