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Language Learning

Located in the capital of Europe, and in a country with three official languages, at ISB we embrace the diversity that languages and cultures bring to our community. Often our students speak one, two, or three languages at home. And although most of the classes are taught in English, there are endless opportunities for students to learn and excel in both their native tongue and new languages.

Languages have served as the bridge to connect with people, places and experiences that have shaped who I am today.


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English Language Development

English Language Development supports learners who join us when their English language skills are not yet sufficient for them to easily access the mainstream curriculum in English. Our programme includes varying levels of support, supervised by teachers who specialise in working with multilingual learners. The programme is closely aligned to the language needs of the academic curriculum and aims to support learners as quickly as possible to become able to access the curriculum independently.

Modern Languages

Our Modern Languages and Home Language programmes aim, to the greatest extent possible, to support all ISB students to become proficient users of more than one language. In the world of the 21st Century, speaking multiple languages and understanding other cultures are vital tools that allow our students to contribute to building greater intercultural understanding across the world. Our language programmes offer opportunities for students to use language in context wherever possible, since we believe that students learn language predominantly by using language to achieve meaningful purposes in real contexts.

The ISB language programmes are founded upon the Common European Framework for Languages.

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Home Language Programme

ISB also offers an expanded range of languages as part of our Home Language programme, which takes place after school. The Home Language programme is designed to support students in maintaining the language and culture of their home country, or otherwise the language they are proficient in. Each year the languages on offer change based on the demand and possibilities.