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Going beyond bilingual - languages at ISP

At ISP, a multitude of languages echoes in the corridors and courtyards during recess and breaks. Our Primary School Principal, Jason Taylor, wrote an article about what we do with this resource.

9 Mar 2021
Written by Tuija Wallgren
ISP People
ISP has over 700 students from more than 60 nationalities, with over 35 mother tongues.
ISP has over 700 students from more than 60 nationalities, with over 35 mother tongues.

Anyone who has been a part of ISP will remember the diversity of cultures and languages that mark our community. While English is the language of instruction, we encourage all our students to continue studying their mother tongue, and all our Primary and Middle School students study French at the level appropriate to them. 

Our Primary School Principal Jason Taylor recently wrote an article about this for the International Teacher Magazine. Jason writes: "For us, all teachers are language teachers as the use of language transcends curriculum areas. Through the IB language programmes, we aim to develop confident, curious, highly proficient and enthusiastic readers, writers, viewers, presenters, speakers and listeners. We teach language meaningfully and in context. These contexts vary, but often involve real-life scenarios, native speakers, the local area and a wide variety of text types. We advocate language learning through inquiry, allowing students to make connections with context, to explore and investigate. The learning of any language is developmental by nature, building constructively on what each individual student already knows to help move them forward." 

You can access the full article here.

If you are interested in hearing more about language learning at ISP, please tune into our webinar "Beyond Bilingual - Communication and Language Learning in the IB" on Wednesday, March 17th at 6pm (CET). Register here

To listen to our previous webinars, please go to www.isparis.edu/webinars

 

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