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Nanjing International School
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Nanjing International School

Language Programmes

The languages we speak at NIS are as diverse as our international community.

English is the common language of instruction underpinning our inclusive learning community. The learning of home and additional languages reinforces international mindedness, supports personal excellence and develops creative thinking in each student across our school.

NIS offers International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum-integrated courses for a number of languages during the regular school day. For other languages not offered as part of our IB curriculum, classes are provided by the parent community to native speakers outside of regular school hours.

Curricular Language Programmes

First Language
• English • Korean • Mandarin • German • Self-Taught
Language Acquisition
English • Mandarin • Spanish • French 
IB Languages and Bilingual Diplomas

All IB programmes value language as the central component to the development of critical thinking, essential for cultivating intercultural understanding and responsible membership in local, national and global communities.

NIS offers IB English A, German A, Mandarin A, and Korean A beginning in our Middle Years Programme (MYP) in Grade 6. For our older students, bilingual IB diplomas are available in these language as part of our Diploma Programme (IBDP). Through studies in language and literature, we strive to develop a student's lifelong interest in these subjects, and a love for the richness of human expression.

How does it work?

  • The study of 2 curricular A languages (ex. English A and Mandarin A).
  • Studying mother tongue in Language A + English B + a Group 3 subject.
Self-Taught IB Language A Language and Literature Option

For those of our students whose mother tongue is not taught at NIS as a curricular language, we offer the Self-Taught option in Grade 10 MYP and the IBDP. These students work synchronously and asynchronously with qualified external Language A educators..