At Abdul Kadir Molla International School it is recognised that language is the foundation of all learning. It is transdisciplinary across the curriculum and is the medium of inquiry and communication. Language learning involves; learning language, learning about language and learning through language. It is a core belief that every teacher is a teacher of language and that all students are language learners. Each student brings their own unique contribution to language learning. Through language development students are given the tools to be part of a community of active learners who aspire to be international minded and responsible global citizens.
The purpose of this policy is to establish:
- The framework for valuing language diversity in our school.
- The supports for all language learners and their families, including those in which the primary language of instruction is not their mother tongue.
Practices and Philosophy for all students
· We promote International-Mindedness and encourage multilingualism.
· We provide pathways to language acquisition for students in addition to supporting mother tongue languages.
· We provide support for students to be successful in language acquisition.
· We encourage students to take action and extend their language learning in ways that help their community.
· We ensure that every discipline includes support mechanisms for language learning, both written and spoken.
· We promote awareness of one’s own language and culture.
· We believe that language learning is vital for social, emotional and cognitive development.
Multilingual communication in the school community
· The school libraries include materials to support continued use of the mother tongue as well as offering diverse language selections.
· AKMIS offers newcomer in ESL Center for students who are new to School
from another country/ Bangla Medium Curriculum.
· English (Learning Language)
· Bangla (Host country)
· Arabic (Additional Language)
Supports for all students
· Smaller class sizes for ESL students
· Co-teachers teaming with content teachers to provide additional support for
language learners in mainstream classes
· Additional Reading support classes
· AKMIS offers ESL programs
· Teachers select and provide access to literature from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
· Students are encouraged to use their native language to help them build schema for the vocabulary in the new language
· Teachers assess students using a combination of formative and summative
assessments and incorporate the IB rubrics.
Practices and Implementation
The language of instruction at Abdul Kadir Molla International School is English. It is the major connecting element across the curriculum. Wherever possible, language is taught through the relevant authentic context of the units of inquiry and is the basis of a daily, focused literacy block. Excursions and in school events are embedded as part of the units of inquiry.
The library is the hub of the school. It is used by teacher, parents, individual students, groups of students and whole classes. The Library is facilitating A to z Reading program and PM bench mark for the students. Resources for students and cultures represented in the school are constantly being revised. Our units of inquiry benefit from of a wide variety of resources and provide students with both content and context that aims to foster international mindedness and develop global citizens, while developing key skills and knowledge.
· Language Policy considerations (occ.ibo.org)
· International Baccalaureate (2008) Guidelines for Developing a School