Skip To Main Content
International School of London

Language Acquisition

MYP 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.

The Language Acquisition Programme develops the ability to communicate effectively across a range of languages and cultural settings, as well as enabling the student to develop a deeper understanding for the general nature and structure of languages. Learning an additional language also supports the development of critical thinking and reflection of one’s own personal identity.

Classes are offered at different levels/phases as appropriate to each student’s level. Students are assessed at their level, and progress over time across the phases.

Chinese Language Acquisition students learning how to write in Chinese
Japanese student making a poster with Japanese letters

Home Language / Mother Tongue 

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.

English Language Learning

The ELL Programme is for MYP students for whom English is not their dominant/strongest academic language. ELL teachers work closely with subject teachers (Maths, Science, Individuals & Societies, Design, Arts, PE) to meet the English language acquisition needs of the students.

Everyday conversational language is acquired relatively quickly with students usually able to feel part of classroom and integrate socially in their first year of English learning. More complex academic language takes longer to develop. Students benefit from a blended approach that includes support in some subjects, in combination with small-group classes in English offered at the appropriate level for the student. The ELL Programme aims to build a solid foundation in English, while encouraging transfer of meaning from a student’s home language / mother tongue.

English for Academic Purposes students visit to the National Gallery