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Mother Tongue Programme

Research shows without any doubt that it is essential for students to continue to develop their mother tongue language and for this reason we offer mother tongue support in as many languages as possible.  We stongly encourage students to continue the development of their mother tongue by taking part in these classes.  Many students will return to their home countries to continue their education and of course they also need to be able to continue to communicate with family and friends at home.

Mother tongue classes at ISD

At ISD, German students all study their mother tongue during the school day (for the equivalent of one teaching period).  Japanese and Korean mother tongue classes are provided for students from grades 6-12.

Other languages are offered as mother tongue classes after school and the classes are arranged according to need.  ISD provides the room for these classes but the parents of the students arrange private payment with the teacher.

At present we have mother tongue classes in the following languages: Swedish, Finnish, Italian, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Polish, Russian.  Every effort will be made to provide mother tongue classes for other languages as the need arises.

Mother Tongue Maintenance and Development

Of course we rely on the parents’ support for their child’s good progress at ISD but it is most important to concentrate on the maintenance and development of their Mother Tongue. How can they do this?

  • Follow the natural language development pattern and reinforce the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing according to the child’s developmental stage.
  • Ask your children’s teachers about the topics they will be studying and try to get some materials on this topic in their mother tongue.
  • Talk to your child about what they did at school – in their mother tongue , during the conversation help them with words which they may have learnt in English but not know in their mother tongue.
  • According to their ages, read to your children as often as possible in their mother tongue: stories, folk tales, poems and rhymes etc. Have a selection of age appropriate books available for when they are able to read themselves.
  • Buy cassettes, CDs and videos of songs and stories in the mother tongue.
  • Link up with other parents who share the same mother tongue and investigate the possibilities of organizing classes after school.

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