Bilingual Schools in Hong Kong

A round-up of international schools offering bilingual programmes at kindergarten, primary and secondary level in English and Chinese.
Bilingual Schools in Hong Kong
By Carli Allan
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Yew Chung International School (YCIS)

Bilingual programme: Chinese-English
Annual tuition fees: HKD 197,220 - 197,350
Age: Kindergarten to Year 13
Highlights: Western and Chinese co-principals for each campus, use of team and station teaching methods, Experiencing China programme, bilingual teaching for IGCSEs and IBDP

Yew Chung International School Hong Kong (YCIS) offers an immersive bilingual programme that claims to give students a strong command of the Mandarin Chinese language after just two years. This is a well-established primary school and secondary spread across three campuses, which has been teaching for more than 80 years in Hong Kong. Bilingual teaching follows the UK National Curriculum, then IGCSEs and the IBDP.

Every class has a Western and Chinese teacher, each of its three campuses is jointly run by a Western and a Chinese co-principal, and all students explore the country through an active Experiencing China programme. Teachers adopt methods such as team teaching, where both teachers stand at the front of the classroom and introduce exercises bilingually, and station teaching, where students work in small groups.

The school says: “A YCIS student, on our unique education journey, is immersed in Eastern and Western cultures whilst acquiring a high proficiency in English (including English as an Additional Language, EAL) and Chinese; unifying in high bilingual skills. Our students gain a new and profoundly deep appreciation of the two spectrums.”

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