Building international mindedness through multilingualism

Posted 12 September 2019 10:00am

As a school proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School we embrace the opportunity to learn language, learn about language and learn through language. As part of the Primary Years Programme our students learn to communicate confidently and creatively in more than one language; and for us in the Junior School our second language of instruction is French.

Multilingualism is significant in building international mindedness as it gives students insight into the thinking and perspectives of the self and others. Learning an additional language enables our students to gather and compare points of view, and to show empathy, compassion and respect.

It is a delight to see and hear the excitement that learning language and about another culture can bring our students. Madame Rundel Dobson has brought a new enthusiasm to our French program, invigorating within all students a zest for language learning that supports our commitment to international mindedness as a PYP school.

Peter McDonald
Director of Junior School

Photo above: Year 5 Camille and Sophie on House French Day in August.

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