De­vel­op­ing global cit­i­zens

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IGB In­ter­na­tional School (IGBIS) is an Early Years to Grade 12 In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate (IB) school autho­rised to teach the Pri­mary Years Pro­gramme (PYP), Mid­dle Years Pro­gramme (MYP) and Diploma Pro­gramme (DP). IGBIS is also a can­di­date school for the Ca­reer-re­lated Pro­gramme* (CP).

As an IB school, IGBIS be­lieves the abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate in a va­ri­ety of modes in more than one lan­guage is es­sen­tial to the con­cept of an in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion that pro­motes mul­ti­lin­gual­ism and in­ter­cul­tural un­der­stand­ing. This al­lows stu­dents to ex­plore glob­ally sig­nif­i­cant ideas and is­sues through dif­fer­ent lan­guages and helps them em­body the IGBIS school mis­sion, “To pro­vide an in­clu­sive learn­ing com­mu­nity, em­brac­ing di­ver­sity by of­fer­ing a challenging IB ed­u­ca­tion which em­pow­ers its mem­bers to be car­ing, global cit­i­zens.”

Be­cause lan­guage is fun­da­men­tal to learn­ing, think­ing and com­mu­ni­cat­ing, it per­me­ates the whole cur­ricu­lum. At IGBIS, the ac­qui­si­tion of new lan­guages be­gins in the early years, with the even­tual goal of hav­ing stu­dents de­velop mas­tery and flu­ency in a cho­sen lan­guage. In the PYP, all stu­dents par­tic­i­pate in Chi­nese lan­guage classes, while Span­ish classes have re­cently be­gun to be of­fered in Grade 5. In the Lan­guage Ac­qui­si­tion sub­jects in the MYP, lan­guage choices in­clude English, Chi­nese, Malay, Span­ish and in cer­tain grades, French. Lan­guage Ac­qui­si­tion in the DP expands these choices fur­ther with the ad­di­tion of Ja­panese and Korean.

The Whole School Lan­guages De­part­ment, which in­cludes English and World Lan­guages, is cur­rently the largest de­part­ment within IGBIS. The 18 teach­ers within the de­part­ment come from 14 dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties and are all na­tive speak­ers of the lan­guage they are teach­ing.

All lan­guage classes at IGBIS, from Early Years in the PYP through to the stu­dent’s fi­nal years in the DP and CP use proven teach­ing strate­gies to de­velop fa­mil­iari­sa­tion with the tar­get lan­guage, which in­clude teach­ers en­cour­ag­ing stu­dents to use the tar­get lan­guage in all forms of com­mu­ni­ca­tion as much as pos­si­ble dur­ing class and us­ing the lat­est dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy to fur­ther en­gage stu­dents’ learn­ing.

Stu­dents en­joy pen-pal ex­changes with stu­dents in other coun­tries. One rea­son for this is that once a stu­dent needs to com­mu­ni­cate with a friend in a new lan­guage, their in­ter­est in that lan­guage is nat­u­rally height­ened. From time to time, guest speak­ers are in­vited to the school. Pub­lished au­thors have vis­ited to talk about their lat­est mas­ter­pieces and a cul­tural at­taché re­cently vis­ited to speak about her coun­try. These ac­tiv­i­ties en­gage the stu­dents in an au­then­tic learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and gen­er­ate greater in­ter­est in the sub­ject mat­ter as well as the cul­ture of the coun­tries the lan­guage is spo­ken.

Study­ing lan­guages at IGBIS pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop in­sights into the fea­tures, pro­cesses and craft of lan­guage as well as con­cept of cul­ture and to re­alise there are di­verse ways of liv­ing, view­ing and be­hav­ing in the world. It also in­creases in­ter­cul­tural un­der­stand­ing and in­ter­na­tional-mind­ed­ness (IB MYP Lan­guage Ac­qui­si­tion Guide, 2015).

■ For de­tails about the pro­grammes at IGBIS and to find out about en­rolling your child for the up­com­ing aca­demic year, call the Ad­mis­sions De­part­ment at 03-6145 4688 or e-mail en­quiries@igbis.edu.my.

*Only schools autho­rised by the In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate can of­fer any of its four aca­demic pro­grammes: the Pri­mary Years Pro­gramme (PYP), the Mid­dle Years Pro­gramme (MYP), the Diploma Pro­gramme or the IB Ca­reer-re­lated Pro­gramme (IBCP). Can­di­date sta­tus gives no guar­an­tee that au­tho­ri­sa­tion will be granted.

IGBIS be­lieves the abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate in a va­ri­ety of modes in more than one lan­guage is es­sen­tial to the con­cept of an in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion.

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