Developing global citizens
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 email@example.com.
*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.