Here at ISB, we focus on learning, and research that informs that learning. So we not only want to encourage our children and young people to be proud of their language heritage, but to also help them to maintain and further develop this significant resource. But we can’t do it alone. We encourage parents to take an active role in this development as well.
Mother Tongue Languages on Offer
Over the last two years our after school mother tongue program has had mother tongue classes in Swedish, Danish, Hindi, Korean, Japanese, Polish, Dutch, German, Chinese and French, with an Urdu class starting soon. These classes are generally held once or twice a week for an hour. They help our children feel both culturally and linguistically at home.
Parent Workshops and Resources
In the Elementary School, at the start of each school year, the English language teachers give an informative and practical workshop for parents on how to help their children to become functionally bilingual in two languages here at ISB. In addition, we are gradually building our reading material in languages other than English; organizing and expanding after school classes; and exploring other ways to support our school’s multilingual capacities.