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International School of London

Home Language / Mother Tongue

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The development of a student’s Home Language/Mother Tongue is key to their social and academic development, as well as maintaining links with family and ensuring a wide range of academic and economic future possibilities.  

Language A Programme

The Languages A Programme builds on existing literacy and fluency in a home language / mother tongue.   

Research into multilingualism highlights the importance of literacy in a child’s first/strongest language as a strong building block to the acquisition of subsequent languages, as well as reinforcing cultural identity. 

Our truly international staff and student population allows us to offer over 21 different languages. These languages include Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish and Turkish. Each year additional languages are offered as needed.   

21 Languages Taught at Mother Tongue Level


Academic English

The Academic English Programme works with DP students for whom English is not their dominant/strongest academic language.  Specialist teachers work closely with language demands of the programme  to meet the English language acquisition needs of the students. 

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Languages B

MYP & College students are given the opportunity to acquire an additional language, in addition to English and Home Language / Mother Tongue. The additional languages we offer are French, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.   

Other languages are possible on special request. 

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