Diverse approaches to native language are needed in the education system.
Northbridge International School fortunately has adopted the International Baccalaureate (IB) which encourages learning your native language. If a native language is not offered, there are options to study it through self-study programs. These classes are usually called Language A classes, and the country’s literary work that holds the essence of the native language, culture, and history are selected and taught. The IB Language and Literature Curriculum also enables students to learn not only about literary works but also about the popular music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and videos of the native country to help understand the changes happening in the native country and the world. Also events like “Cultural Day” or “International Mother Language Day” encourage students to use their native language and take pride in their native cultures.
Although many school officials and teachers are making various efforts at school, there still exist students who have difficulty acquiring their native language. In most cases, these are students who have missed the window to learn their native language during the first few years of elementary school. It is important to teach the native language at home because many native language classes start to be offered in higher grades, and there are limits to the time the classes can take.