World Languages

CAIS has devised the World Languages Program for students to graduate as global citizens, who are skilled in and have good cultural-linguistic awareness of more than one language. After English, which is the medium of instruction at CAIS, the World Languages Program offers three widely-use languages in the world: Chinese, French and Spanish.

This program will improve students’ ability for direct communications with non-English speakers and boost their effectiveness in a global community. A language course other than English Language Arts can support students to complete their graduation requirements for the Alberta High School Diploma or the International Baccalaureate Diploma. In addition, language credits can enhance university (local and overseas) applications.

CAIS Chinese Department provides a tailor-made program for Prep to Grade 12 students. The Chinese Studies teachers help students to set a strong Chinese language foundation on which to build up their linguistic skills and cultural awareness. The school provides opportunities for various activities to enhance classroom learning, such as Parent-Child Story Competition, Chinese Reading Month, Book Battle, Mid-Autumn Festival Lantern Riddles, Chinese Calligraphy Competition, Drama Performance, Chinese Fun Fair, Chinese Speech Festival, Chinese Debate Competition and more. The Chinese Department endeavors to cultivate CAIS students able to communicate with and serve the local community.

Please see Scope of the World Languages Program below for more information.

Entry Level Placement

Placement of students in the appropriate Chinese Studies section will be determined by the school’s professional teaching staff.

Requirements and Credits

  • Chinese Studies is mandatory for Preparatory to Grade 6 students. 
  • Grade 7 to 9 students can continue to take Chinese Studies or opt for other languages. 
  • Chinese courses in Grade 10 to 12 are electives that count toward the Alberta Diploma. 
  • Students in the International Baccalaureate Programme can choose Chinese for their Group 2 requirement.

Script

  • Traditional Script will be taught in native/near-native classes.
  • Simplified Script will be pursued as a teaching medium in non-native classes.

This school year, CAIS offers French for Beginners (Grade 7 9) and Spanish for Beginners (Grade 7 9). More levels of French and Spanish will be added in subsequent years. Please see Scope of the World Languages Program below for more information about the expanding course offerings in the coming years.

Current 2021-2022

Grade Course(s)
Preparatory Chinese Studies Preparatory
(Traditional script)
Grade 1-6 Chinese Studies
(Traditional script for Native/Near Native classes;
Simplified script for Non-native classes)
Grade 7-9 Chinese Studies
(Traditional Native/Near Native;
Simplified Non-native)
French
(Beginners)
Spanish
(Beginners)
Grade 10 Electives: Chinese Studies
(Traditional Native/Near Native;
Simplified Non-native)
Grade 11 Elective: Chinese Studies
(Traditional Native/Near Native;
Simplified Non-native)
IB Mandarin B
(Year 1)
Grade 12 Elective: Chinese Studies
(Traditional Native/Near Native;
Simplified Non-native)

Proposed for 2022-2023*

Grade Course(s)
Preparatory Chinese Studies Preparatory
(Traditional script)
Grade 1-6 Chinese Studies
(Traditional script for Native/Near Native classes;
Simplified script for Non-native classes)
Grade 7-9 Chinese Studies
(Traditional Native/
Near Native;
Simplified Non-native)
French
(Beginners)
Spanish
(Beginners)
Grade 10 Elective: Chinese Studies
(Traditional Native/
Near Native;
Simplified Non-native)
French
(Beginners)
Spanish
(Beginners)
Grade 11 Elective: Chinese Studies
(Traditional Native/
Near Native;
Simplified Non-native)
IB Mandarin B
(Year 1)
IB French / Spanish
(Ab Initio)
(Year 1)
Grade 12 Elective: Chinese Studies
(Traditional Native/
Near Native;
Simplified Non-native)
IB Mandarin B
(Year 2)

*subject to minimum enrolment and availability

Proposed for 2023-2024*

Grade Course(s)
Preparatory Chinese Studies Preparatory
(Traditional script)
Grade 1-6 Chinese Studies
(Traditional script for Native/Near Native classes;
Simplified script for Non-native classes)
Grade 7-8 Chinese Studies
(Traditional Native/
Near Native;
Simplified Non-native)
French
(Beginners)
Spanish
(Beginners)
Grade 9 Chinese Studies
(Traditional Native/
Near Native;
Simplified Non-native)
French
(Intermediate)^
Spanish
(Intermediate)^
Grade 10 Elective: Chinese Studies
(Traditional Native/
Near Native;
Simplified Non-native)
French
(Intermediate)^
Spanish
(Intermediate)^
Grade 11 Elective: Chinese Studies
(Traditional Native/
Near Native;
Simplified Non-native)
IB Mandarin B
(Year 1)
IB French / Spanish
(Ab Initio)
(Year 1)
Grade 12 Elective: Chinese Studies
(Traditional Native/
Near Native;
Simplified Non-native)
IB Mandarin B
(Year 2)
IB French / Spanish
(Ab Initio)
(Year 2)

*subject to minimum enrolment and availability ^students need to have 1 or 2 years of French/Spanish study to be admitted to the program, or approval from the Alberta Program Administrators

Proposed for 2024-2025*

Grade Course(s)
Preparatory Chinese Studies Preparatory
(Traditional script)
Grade 1-6 Chinese Studies
(Traditional script for Native/Near Native classes;
Simplified script for Non-native classes)
Grade 7-8 Chinese Studies
(Traditional Native/
Near Native;
Simplified Non-native)
French
(Beginners)
Spanish
(Beginners)
Grade 9 Chinese Studies
(Traditional Native/
Near Native;
Simplified Non-native)
French
(Intermediate)^
Spanish
(Intermediate)^
Grade 10 Elective: Chinese Studies
(Traditional Native/
Near Native;
Simplified Non-native)
French
(Intermediate)^
Spanish
(Intermediate)^
Grade 11 Elective: Chinese Studies
(Traditional Native/
Near Native;
Simplified Non-native)
IB Mandarin B
(Year 1)
IB French / Spanish
(Ab Initio / B)
(Year 1)
Grade 12 Elective: Chinese Studies
(Traditional Native/
Near Native;
Simplified Non-native)
IB Mandarin B
(Year 2)
IB French / Spanish
(Ab Initio)
(Year 2)

*subject to minimum enrolment and availability ^students need to have 1 or 2 years of French/Spanish study to be admitted to the program, or approval from the Alberta Program Administrators

World Languages

CAIS has devised the World Languages Program for students to graduate as global citizens, who are skilled in and have good cultural-linguistic awareness of more than one language. After English, which is the medium of instruction at CAIS, the World Languages Program offers three widely-use languages in the world: Chinese, French and Spanish.

This program will improve students’ ability for direct communications with non-English speakers and boost their effectiveness in a global community. A language course other than English Language Arts can support students to complete their graduation requirements for the Alberta High School Diploma or the International Baccalaureate Diploma. In addition, language credits can enhance university (local and overseas) applications.

CAIS Chinese Department provides a tailor-made program for Prep to Grade 12 students. The Chinese Studies teachers help students to set a strong Chinese language foundation on which to build up their linguistic skills and cultural awareness. The school provides opportunities for various activities to enhance classroom learning, such as Parent-Child Story Competition, Chinese Reading Month, Book Battle, Mid-Autumn Festival Lantern Riddles, Chinese Calligraphy Competition, Drama Performance, Chinese Fun Fair, Chinese Speech Festival, Chinese Debate Competition and more. The Chinese Department endeavors to cultivate CAIS students able to communicate with and serve the local community.

Please see Scope of the World Languages Program below for more information.

Entry Level Placement

Placement of students in the appropriate Chinese Studies section will be determined by the school’s professional teaching staff.

Requirements and Credits

  • Chinese Studies is mandatory for Preparatory to Grade 6 students. 
  • Grade 7 to 9 students can continue to take Chinese Studies or opt for other languages. 
  • Chinese courses in Grade 10 to 12 are electives that count toward the Alberta Diploma. 
  • Students in the International Baccalaureate Programme can choose Chinese for their Group 2 requirement.

Script

  • Traditional Script will be taught in native/near-native classes.
  • Simplified Script will be pursued as a teaching medium in non-native classes.

This school year, CAIS offers French for Beginners (Grade 7 9) and Spanish for Beginners (Grade 7 9). More levels of French and Spanish will be added in subsequent years. Please see Scope of the World Languages Program below for more information about the expanding course offerings in the coming years.

Current 2021-2022

Grade Course(s)
Preparatory Chinese Studies Preparatory
(Traditional script)
Grade 1-6 Chinese Studies
(Traditional script for Native/Near Native classes;
Simplified script for Non-native classes)
Grade 7-9 Chinese Studies
(Traditional Native/Near Native;
Simplified Non-native)
French
(Beginners)
Spanish
(Beginners)
Grade 10 Electives: Chinese Studies
(Traditional Native/Near Native;
Simplified Non-native)
Grade 11 Elective: Chinese Studies
(Traditional Native/Near Native;
Simplified Non-native)
IB Mandarin B
(Year 1)
Grade 12 Elective: Chinese Studies
(Traditional Native/Near Native;
Simplified Non-native)

Proposed for 2022-2023*

Grade Course(s)
Preparatory Chinese Studies Preparatory
(Traditional script)
Grade 1-6 Chinese Studies
(Traditional script for Native/Near Native classes;
Simplified script for Non-native classes)
Grade 7-9 Chinese Studies
(Traditional Native/
Near Native;
Simplified Non-native)
French
(Beginners)
Spanish
(Beginners)
Grade 10 Elective: Chinese Studies
(Traditional Native/
Near Native;
Simplified Non-native)
French
(Beginners)
Spanish
(Beginners)
Grade 11 Elective: Chinese Studies
(Traditional Native/
Near Native;
Simplified Non-native)
IB Mandarin B
(Year 1)
IB French / Spanish
(Ab Initio)
(Year 1)
Grade 12 Elective: Chinese Studies
(Traditional Native/
Near Native;
Simplified Non-native)
IB Mandarin B
(Year 2)

*subject to minimum enrolment and availability

Proposed for 2023-2024*

Grade Course(s)
Preparatory Chinese Studies Preparatory
(Traditional script)
Grade 1-6 Chinese Studies
(Traditional script for Native/Near Native classes;
Simplified script for Non-native classes)
Grade 7-8 Chinese Studies
(Traditional Native/
Near Native;
Simplified Non-native)
French
(Beginners)
Spanish
(Beginners)
Grade 9 Chinese Studies
(Traditional Native/
Near Native;
Simplified Non-native)
French
(Intermediate)^
Spanish
(Intermediate)^
Grade 10 Elective: Chinese Studies
(Traditional Native/
Near Native;
Simplified Non-native)
French
(Intermediate)^
Spanish
(Intermediate)^
Grade 11 Elective: Chinese Studies
(Traditional Native/
Near Native;
Simplified Non-native)
IB Mandarin B
(Year 1)
IB French / Spanish
(Ab Initio)
(Year 1)
Grade 12 Elective: Chinese Studies
(Traditional Native/
Near Native;
Simplified Non-native)
IB Mandarin B
(Year 2)
IB French / Spanish
(Ab Initio)
(Year 2)

*subject to minimum enrolment and availability ^students need to have 1 or 2 years of French/Spanish study to be admitted to the program, or approval from the Alberta Program Administrators

Proposed for 2024-2025*

Grade Course(s)
Preparatory Chinese Studies Preparatory
(Traditional script)
Grade 1-6 Chinese Studies
(Traditional script for Native/Near Native classes;
Simplified script for Non-native classes)
Grade 7-8 Chinese Studies
(Traditional Native/
Near Native;
Simplified Non-native)
French
(Beginners)
Spanish
(Beginners)
Grade 9 Chinese Studies
(Traditional Native/
Near Native;
Simplified Non-native)
French
(Intermediate)^
Spanish
(Intermediate)^
Grade 10 Elective: Chinese Studies
(Traditional Native/
Near Native;
Simplified Non-native)
French
(Intermediate)^
Spanish
(Intermediate)^
Grade 11 Elective: Chinese Studies
(Traditional Native/
Near Native;
Simplified Non-native)
IB Mandarin B
(Year 1)
IB French / Spanish
(Ab Initio / B)
(Year 1)
Grade 12 Elective: Chinese Studies
(Traditional Native/
Near Native;
Simplified Non-native)
IB Mandarin B
(Year 2)
IB French / Spanish
(Ab Initio)
(Year 2)

*subject to minimum enrolment and availability ^students need to have 1 or 2 years of French/Spanish study to be admitted to the program, or approval from the Alberta Program Administrators