Global Language Academy 

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Global Language Academy 

Equipping students to be competitive in the modern global marketplace

Chinese Academy and Cultural Centre

Sunmarke School Dubai is delighted to announce the opening of Dubai’s first school-based Chinese Academy and Cultural Centre. We are passionate about enriching our students’ knowledge of Chinese language and culture.

At Sunmarke School, we offer students the opportunity to develop their Mandarin skills to ensure they stand out when applying for the best universities and the most exciting jobs. We provide early years and Primary students with the opportunity to develop their linguistic abilities with the provision of native and non-native Mandarin classes.

Non-native Mandarin Programme

Through fun and interactive activities, we enable non-native students to use their language in authentic contexts. We align our curriculum to the Sunmarke STEAM programme to provide meaningful and cross curricular engagement. We also provide personalised pathways that prepare the students to take the appropriate level of the Youth Chinese Tests to demonstrate their Chinese language aptitude.

Native Mandarin Programme

Native Chinese students follow a course that equips them with the cultural knowledge and reading and writing ability to match the levels studied in a Primary school in China.

Cultural Activities

In addition to this, we are keen to develop our students’ cultural competencies through curriculum enrichment activities and an extensive range of after-school provision.

Students are able to deepen their language studies and learn Chinese dance, Mulan fan, dragon dance, arts and crafts, robotics and how to develop oral presentation skills in Chinese. We also have of weekend cultural activities where parents and children can together come to experience Chinese culture.

Our programme ensures that students embrace Chinese culture, enriching their lives a range personally and enhancing their cultural competencies. In this way, they are well prepared as global citizens to harness their skills to enter the international workforce.

Chinese Mandarin Academy Launch

Sunmarke School proudly announces the successful launch of the Sunmarke Mandarin Academy that took place on Thursday, February 8. The grand opening was part of the Fortes Signature Programme, demonstrating Fortes Education’s commitment to providing a diverse and holistic education. The introduction of the Sunmarke Mandarin Academy underlines the school’s belief in the importance of Mandarin learning and the celebration of Chinese culture in nurturing global citizens and changemakers of tomorrow. The Academy already has over 340 students learning Mandarin and plans to extend the programme to Year 6 next year and into Secondary School the following year. The school runs a native Mandarin programme after school, free of charge for parents, delivered by the Ni Hao Institute.

The grand opening was graced by esteemed guests including Mr Zhou Biao, Minister of the Chinese Embassy in UAE, Ms He Jia Jia, Minister’s wife, and Ms Zhang Qianyun, Third Secretary in the Chinese Embassy. Representatives from Fortes Education also attended, including owners Mrs Mankani and Mr Ajay Mankani, Dr. Neil Hopkin, Director of Education, and Mr Nicholas Rickford, Principal of Sunmarke School. The event commenced with an exhilarating student performance of Drums and Dragon dance, where Mr Zhou honoured us by painting the eyes of the dragon. This was followed by speeches from Mr Zhou and Dr Hopkin, setting an encouraging tone for the future of the Sunmarke Mandarin Academy. Various performances highlighting Chinese culture were showcased throughout the day, including a Taiqi Fan dance by the ECA group, a show by the Chinese CPOP dance group, a Kungfu class presentation, a native class song and poem recital, a Chinese theme ballet by Year 1 and Year 2 students, and a final performance of Chinese Jazz. 

Global Language Academy

Global Language Academy

Students are given the opportunity to develop their 3rd language skills in Mandarin, French and Hindi becoming better rounded global citizens.

Enrichment & Extracurricular Activities

Enrichment & Extracurricular Activities

We offer 90+ extracurricular activities in high-performance sports, the performing arts, ballet, music, journalism, debate, public speaking, community service, and more, enabling students to pursue and expand their interests and develop their character.

Careers Development Programme

Careers Development Programme

Students are coached to meet the future challenges of university and the workplace through a range of career development programmes such as guidance to top global universities; successful university applications; student internships at leading corporates; mentorships with business leaders; resume building; and mock interviews.

Virtual Reality Education

Virtual Reality Education

Our Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) programme takes students on a transformative and immersive journey enabling them to experience scientific, artistic, historical and cultural concepts like never before.

Term and/or Summer Abroad

Term and/or Summer Abroad

Secondary students are given an opportunity to attend a partner boarding school abroad to expand their historical, linguistic and cultural knowledge while developing independence and character.

AI Learning Platform

AI Learning Platform

Sunmarke’s next-generation AI learning platform supports learning through self-paced problem-solving for those keen to accelerate or catch up on their learning.

Environment & Sustainability

Environment & Sustainability

Students learn to become environmentally conscious and eco-champions coming to deeply appreciate Mother Nature through our Forest School programme, learning in Sunmarke’s beautiful Forest, Vegetable Garden, and Hydroponic farming programme.

Performing Arts, Media & Communication

Performing Arts, Media & Communication

Artistically inclined students can pursue a deeply arts-infused programme in music, theatre, the visual arts, dance, and media and communications to pursue their passion and creative interests.

The Sunmarke MBA

The Sunmarke MBA

Students develop strong leadership and entrepreneurship skills in this programme which has been developed in conjunction with the Peter Jones Academy for Entrepreneurship and the University of Birmingham MBA school.

Positive Education Ethos

Positive Education Ethos

Sunmarke is a recognised global leader in Positive Education where the development of character, values and well-being is central to a child’s development and anchors our school ethos.

IB, A-Level, GCSE & BTEC Pathways

IB, A-Level, GCSE & BTEC Pathways

We offer multiple pathways in the IB, A-Levels and BTECs enabling all children to meet their career aspirations.

STEAM & Design Thinking

STEAM & Design Thinking

This programme builds critical thinking and creativity with students working on solving real-world problems in interdisciplinary projects that follow the Stanford Design Thinking process.