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International School of London

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.

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The Language & Literature Programme builds on existing literacy and fluency in a home language / mother tongue. Students study a range of literary texts including poetry, prose and drama, as well as media such as film.

The use of a student’s home language as a means to build deeper and broader conceptual understanding is also encouraged across all subject areas in the MYP Programme.

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 - MYP


UNESCO Mother Language Day Celebration

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.

Chinese Language Acquisition students learning how to write in Chinese

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English Language Learning

The ELL Programme works with 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.

English for Academic Purposes students visit to the National Gallery

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