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Native languages on offer at ISB

ISB offers Native Language classes during the school day in Thai (Elementary School/ Middle School and High School); and in French, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, and Spanish (Middle School and High School).

ISB also offers Native Language classes after school in a number of languages. The after-school classes are held once or twice a week for an hour to 80 minutes. They help our children to feel both culturally and linguistically at home. The languages currently offered after school are:

  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish
  • Thai (Pre-K)

More about the Panther Native Language Academy

Our after-school native language classes best suit students who are (a) unable to take a native language class during school, or (b) students who need extra support as determined by the teacher of the native language class in school.

A native/near native language is generally described as a language that is used on a daily basis with at least one parent. This is fundamental to ensure that the language can be supported outside of the classroom. We believe that native language learning happens best when students experience a strong home-school partnership.

In the Panther Native Language Academy, our goal is to offer meaningful learning activities in reading, writing, speaking, and listening that reflect ISB’s vision, mission, attributes and values. We aim to keep students moving forward in their native language learning and connected with their peers.

For all students in Kindergarten and up whose families pay for one Panther Native Language Academy class session per week (500 THB/one-hour session, due when the term begins), ISB funds a second session per week if there is adequate demand. PreK 2 classes meet once per week only. External language programs hosted at ISB may require different considerations.

To inquire about native language support for your children, in any of the languages above or a language not listed, please email us:

Please also check out the Native Language @ ISB blog.

For more information about the Panther Native Language Academy, please contact coordinator
Avery Udagawa at:

Parent workshops and resources

Every school year, ISB faculty give informative and practical workshops for parents on how to help their children become functionally multilingual here at ISB. To inquire about native language support for your children, in any of these languages or a language not yet listed, please email