The development of language is fundamental to the instinctive human need to communicate. Language learning includes the development of the home and family languages, the languages of the school, additional languages and the development of literacy. This is integral to exploring and sustaining cognitive and personal development and cultural identity.
Lancers International School believes that language learning and teaching are social acts, dependent on relationships with the self and others, with context, with the environment, and with the world. The school’s beliefs and values about language are embedded implicitly throughout the learner profile and explicitly through the attribute of “communicator”, as well as in the IB’s approaches to learning. Through an IB education, our learning communities use language to build a better and more peaceful world.
LIS is committed to multilingualism as a means of affirming cultural identity and developing international-mindedness. The term “multilingualism” in the PYP refers to linguistic ability in more than one language, and recognizes that each of a student’s languages may be developed to different levels, and within different contexts, depending on their social and academic experiences.
One of the advantages of sending your child to a multilingual school as Lancers International School is the exposure they get from different cultures and perspectives. This brings the world closer as students from different countries, culture and language backgrounds come together as they share their understandings of the world around them. It bridges the gap between different cultures and removes many barriers between children as they sit in one class to learn together.
Lancers International School enhanced the Language offerings by adding three new languages in the Rich Languages Programme. Spanish, Korean and Japanese languages can now be opted by students in the new session in 2019-2020 in addition to EAL, Hindi, German and French already offered at the school. This inclusion is particularly favourable for speakers of Japanese and Korean languages as they can continue to progress in the learning of their first language.
Benefits of the Rich Languages Program:
- Enriches and develops skills for engaging at a global platform
- Having an additional language from a young age brings in fluency and expertise level in learning new languages by middle school that gives learners a wider and more resilient background to explore interesting topics that influence the world and its people
- Researches and surveys proved that children who learn more than one language are more creative and have better cognitive development.
At Lancers International School, we make a connection with other cultures easier through our rich language approach.
The inclusion of Spanish, Japanese and Korean to our existing programme of German, French, English and Hindi languages will bring the world closer for our students to explore.
Grades 1 – 5 students are expected to study one additional language and one home language per year
Students of these languages undergo beginning stages of reception, early production, speech emergence, intermediate development and continued language fluency as they acquire an additional language.
- Japanese Language
A new language offering at the school this year, the Japanese language curriculum is adapted from Japan’s Primary School Curriculum and is expected to provide native language speakers of Japanese an in-depth exploration of the Language. In addition to advancing the levels of student understanding of the world around them through Japanese language, the students will also explore in detail the reading, writing, speaking and listening elements of the Japanese language.
- Korean Language
Another new offering this year, the Korean language curriculum is also adapted from the South Korean National Curriculum and is expected to allow native language speakers of Korean to speak and write with accuracy and logic. It will allow them the opportunity to achieve a level of sophistication in their communication and will enhance their ability to speak with others comfortably and effectively.
- Hindi B
Hindi B is offered to beginning level learners of Hindi. In achieving competence with language the students develop oral fluency and expressiveness, and, in the process, learns to initiate and sustain conversations and to take turns in a classroom environment that promotes tolerance for the views and opinions of others. The students learn to use language for the purpose of everyday social interaction, performing social functions such as greeting, expressing appreciation, expressing sympathy and concern, and speaking with confidence
- Hindi A
We offer Hindi A for native language learners of Hindi. In Hindi A, students will inquire deeper into the language. They will learn how to read and write, speak and listen in an expert level. Students are expected to easily shift between the use of English and Hindi in a seemless and smooth manner. They are also expected to inquire into the elements of the Hindi Language and Literature.
- Japanese Language
This is a new offering this year. Spanish Language is offered to beginning level learners of the language. In achieving competence with language the students develop oral fluency and expressiveness, and, in the process, learns to initiate and sustain conversations and to take turns in a classroom environment that promotes tolerance for the views and opinions of others. The students learn to use language for the purpose of everyday social interaction, performing social functions such as greeting, expressing appreciation, expressing sympathy and concern, and speaking with confidence.
- French Language
- German Language
- Spanish Language
English as an Additional Language (EAL) is a paid programme and is mandatory to children requiring additional support for the school’s main language of instruction English. Please consult the Primary School Office if your child is required to attend the EAL subject.