While looking with anticipation to the future, Innova understands the importance of appreciating the past. Our Chinese Culture Centre serves as an ongoing reminder and inspiration of China’s rich cultural heritage and supports ongoing links to engage with the community. As such, we recognize the context of students studying in China and take advantage of the unique opportunities of being in the center of dynamic economic development. We also recognize the high value of fluency in both English and Chinese.
Bilingualism, even multilingualism, is recognized as key in today’s world and is a core aspect of the Innova programme. Students work in an environment where they learn to think and study in English while still participating in a rigorous Chinese language programme. Innova provides support to allow students to reach their language goals. We also recognize the value of Chinese culture and identity and thus provide unique programmes that lead to a richer understanding and appreciation of these and one’s self within a global context.
The Innova English language support programme is designed to provide additional support to students who already have a sufficient entry level English proficiency. This support assists students to reach the required proficiency level to fully engage with, and be successful in, the school’s programmes within their first 18 months at school.
The language support programme includes in-class and pullout support. Individual support is also provided via mentoring and one-on-one meetings. Homework and study support is provided through learning labs, on-line study support and study hall.
Innova will also provide a variety of summer and vacation English immersion programmes to support English proficiency. These programmes are available during the vacation period prior to the beginning of each academic year and also during vacation periods.
Chinese language is available as both a study of literature (mother tongue speakers) and as a language acquisition course (Chinese as an additional language).
The China Studies programme is delivered through stand-alone study units and is also carefully integrated within all subjects in the curriculum through the concept of China engagement and the IB model of trans-disciplinary themes. In Art, for example, students study ceramics as a way to develop a deeper appreciation of Chinese philosophy, tea culture and design, creating their own ceramics in the process. In physical education, Tai Qi is incorporated not just as an activity, but as an appreciation of the important principles of health, control and philosophy. In these ways, students do more than just learn about Chinese heritage and traditions, they experience it – developing a deeper understanding of the topic and themselves.