Double Diploma FAQ

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's visit - 2011
Prime Minister Stephen Harper's visit - 2011

1. What is the Ontario Programme at HBIC? 

  • It is an excellent method to learning a second language. 
  • It provides more time to study in a second language learning environment, and more time results in more learning.
  • Students learn English as a vehicle of expression in other curriculum areas, rather than just learning language in isolation.
  • Our aim is functional bilingualism. This means that at the end of their secondary studies, the students can take further education in an English setting and receive training and employment in English, after some period of adjustment.


2. What does the Ontario Programme offer?

  • The Ontario programme offers students the Ontario Secondary School Diploma upon completion.
  • The Ontario programme is designed to provide EFL students with a proficiency in the English language. While any exposure to a second language is beneficial, English broadens and deepens that exposure.
  • In our program, English is not only a subject, but a language of instruction and a means of communication.
  • Most of the regular school curriculum is taught in English.
  • Our programme goes beyond learning about English, to learning through English.
  • Our students retain their own language and culture while gaining an appreciation and the use of another.


3. Do parents of children in the English programme have to be able to speak English? 

  • The programme is designed for children who do not normally speak Mandarin at home. It is not expected that parents will be able to speak English.
  • Communication between the school and home will be conducted in Mandarin and English. (e.g. newsletters, memos, report cards)


4. How do I know if my child is suitable for the Double Diploma Programme?           

Students who are enrolled in the Double Diploma programme demonstrate a wide variety of characteristics such as:



  • enjoys language;
  • listens effectively (e.g. enjoys speaking, retelling or explaining a story or event in proper sequence);
  • plays with language (e.g. enjoys listening, rhyming, singing);
  • enjoys new words (e.g. enjoys reading, writing, repeating and using new vocabulary appropriately).

Learning Skills:

  • demonstrate abilities in responsibility, organization, independent work, collaboration, initiative, and self-regulation 
  • handles new situations using positive coping strategies;
  • communicate his/her difficulties when necessary;
  • demonstrates curiosity and a willingness to explore, ex-periment and make new connections;
  • demonstrates a positive attitude toward challenging tasks.


5. Will my child learn the same things as students in Mandarin classes?

  • The Ontario Curriculum must follow the guidelines of the Ontario Ministry of Education toward the Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
  • The Mandarin teaching and learning resources cover the same basic program as in English but toward the Chinese Diploma.  
  • Students work toward two separate academic goals in the target language of instruction.


6. Will my child be behind in Mandarin if he or she takes English? 

  • Our statistics indicate that although there are certain lags in English language skills for the first few months of the programme, our students move very quickly and can catch up and keep pace with students in a regular Ontario classroom in Canada.


7. What if my child experiences difficulties in the English programme?

  • Any concerns should be discussed with the classroom teacher in order to determine the nature and extent of the difficulty. Ongoing communication between the school and the home will ensure the best possible programming for the student.


8. How can parents be involved? 

Parents can actively participate in their child’s learning by:

  • being strong supporters of the programme;
  • talking about the programme in a positive way;
  • demonstrating an interest in class and school events;
  • communicating frequently with the teachers;
  • providing a stimulating and rich language environment at home.