Our programme caters for those students who are native speakers of Japanese, French and German. Students must be fluent speaker of the language with a high level of understanding of the spoken language.
The courses are distinct and popular with parents because:
They give students a head-start
Students can join their mother tongue programme from as young as 4 years of age (Reception class) and continue all the way to graduation, aged 18.
We only employ qualified teachers
Those who deliver the Mother Tongue Programme are more than just native speakers, they hold recognised and well-regarded teaching qualifications.
Our lessons take place during the school day
The programme is embedded into the school day, not after school when children are tired and easily distracted.
The Benefits of our Mother Tongue Programme
The clear practical benefit of our Mother Tongue Programme is that it helps students to succeed when they eventually leave the international school sector and return to their domestic education system. Whether it is a young student needing to re-enter a school in their home country, or one of our senior students who must pass language examinations to enter university, the Mother Tongue Programme provides much needed support.
In addition, research is now showing that being able to communicate to a high standard in two or more languages has benefits on the brain of a child: it has been shown to improve mental processing capacity, memory and mental flexibility, helping them to see the world from different perspective. It has also been shown that skills and concepts taught in the learners’ home language do not have to be re-taught when they transfer to a second language. A student who knows how to read and write in one language will develop reading and writing skills in a new language faster.
Our first-language lessons in French, Japanese and German follow the topics students are studying in class and are based on the language curricula of each respective home country. Students who study one of these languages will receive four periods of study in their home language each week.
The French for native speakers curriculum is based on the French national Curriculum and all the skills (compétences) in the national curriculum are covered, although in a little less depth than in France. There is also an opportunity to have extra study in reading and writing by joining the weekly French for Native Speakers club.
The Japanese for native speakers lessons are designed to develop language skills and build awareness of Japanese culture. Students will acquire the four basic language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening through Japanese national textbooks and related worksheets. In addition, the students will experience Japanese cultural events, such as writing seasonal greetings and Japanese calligraphy, to help them develop their identity.
In the German for native speakers lessons, we encourage students to develop their oral and written language skills. Students learn to express themselves in words and writing comprehensively and according to the situation and audience. The program aims to develop student’s knowledge and understanding of German grammar and equip them with an extensive vocabulary. As far as possible we follow the German curriculum requirements so that students on our mother tongue programme will have almost the same language level as their peers in German schools