“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart” - Nelson Mandela
In the global community of the modern world, communication is essential and knowledge of a second or even third language is an increasingly integral piece of a successful academic and professional career.
At British School of Washington, our school language program is supported by a committed modern foreign language team. They are experienced second language teachers and learners who have all lived in the countries of the languages they teach.
Formal Language Learning
Students are introduced to French through songs and games in Nursery and Reception. Students in Years 1 and 2 have a lesson each week with a specialist teacher in French. Students in Year 2 receive taster lessons in Spanish.
Students in Year 3 and 4 can choose to learn French or Spanish and are taught by a specialist teacher. Students in Years 5 and 6 can also choose French and Spanish and are taught by a specialist teacher.
We teach and assess students in speaking, reading, writing and listening, with a focus in the early stages on their oral skills.
In the Hallways
From Dutch, Italian, and Spanish to Malay, Arabic, and Mandarin, our students represent over 15 different modern languages.
Where possible, we support other languages through our after school activities program. We inspire our students to flourish in second language learning and allow them various outlets to express their interest and enthusiasm such as our annual Linguavision song contest or our house languages quiz.
With over 60 nationalities represented at BSW, your child will belong to a diverse community where our melting pot of mother tongue languages is embraced.
English as an Additional Language
For those students whose first language is not English, we have specialized staff offering additional support.