Middle School Curriculum

Middle School languages


International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme LANGUAGE ACQUISITION

Language acquisition is a key component of the IB Middle Years Programme. It requires that students study a second language for four years. The language chosen in Year 7 must continue to be studied until the end of Year 10. Students do not have the option to change halfway through the course.

In Years 11 and 12, students may choose to continue their study of the same language or start a beginner’s course in another language for the HSC or IB Diploma Programme. Students who choose the HSC can cease their study of a second language.

What languages are offered at SACS?

In the Middle School we offer:

  • Chinese (Mandarin) (简单汉字)
  • French
  • Spanish
How do students select a language?

Towards the end of Year 6, a survey is sent out to collect your child’s language preferences. Based on staffing resources, we will attempt to meet as many first preferences as possible.

All Year 7 languages are taught from beginner’s level. If your child is already fluent (or even reasonably fluent) in one of these languages, he/she must choose a different language. The IB Middle Years Programme does not permit background speakers to take beginner language courses in that language.

For SACS Junior School students or new students who have been studying Chinese for more than a year, these students may opt to start learning French or Spanish in Year 7 or to continue studying Chinese in the Year 7 class with differentiated learning opportunities. Class placement depends upon diagnostic testing results at the end of Year 6 and upon entering Year 7. Some students may be in Phase 2 while others may still be in Phase 1.


The IB MYP organises the teaching of a second language into three levels of proficiency (emergent, capable, proficient). Each proficiency level has its own assessment criteria, allowing the teacher to measure a student’s progress and achievement within the proficiency level and making it clear for the student as to the standard required.

What resources and textbooks are used?

Chinese: Easy Steps to Chinese series

French: Touché and Studio series

Spanish: MYP Spanish Acquisition Phases 1 & 2

We use a mixture of strategies to teach languages at SACS. Students enjoy using 1 to 1 devices and so, we use online resources to aid vocabulary learning and retention.

For more information, please refer to the MYP Global Proficiency Table for language learning here, or email ­­­Annick Lombard, the Leader of Learning –  Languages at [email protected]