IB in Action: Language Learners

Dec 13th, 2018

On December 12, our community combined our exploration and use of an additional language (Spanish) with honoring our Holy Mother on the most special feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in our first all school mass in Spanish. “Our Lady of Guadalupe is a powerful symbol of Hispanic/Latinx identityand faith.  Her image is associated with everything from motherhood to feminism to social justice.”

Our gratitude to Sra. Lovera, Sr. Saluri, Sra. Paul, Sr. Haecherl, Fr. Park and Fr. Michael Daly and students for preparing and leading us in the mass.

All students in the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Programme have the opportunity to learn more than one language.  We believe that “Language is involved in all learning and is an essential vehicle for inquiry and the construction of meaning. It provides an intellectual framework to support conceptual development and critical thinking.”

Our community holds a shared responsibility for language development. When we provide learning experiences that enable students to develop language within meaningful and enjoyable contexts, students are able to make connections, apply their learning, and transfer their conceptual understanding to new situations.

At Annunciation, we strive to foster in students the ability to think and express themselves with clarity, confidence and imagination in at least two languages.

Learning languages provides the students an opportunity to:

  • expand their view of the world.
  • develop in social contexts, liaising with others.
  • encourage critical reflection on the relation between language and culture, language and thought.
  • expand opportunities for meaningful leisure activities (such as travel, film, other media).
  • develop their intellect (encouraging good learning habits, memorization, combining course content and skills in a meaningful way).
  • help to build practical skills that may be used in other disciplines.
  • foster their understanding of the interrelation between language and human nature.
  • teach and encourage respect for other ethnic groups.

 

Submitted by: Anne LaLonde Laux - IB Coordinator

 

Sources:

https://www.isutrecht.nl/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/ISUtrecht-Language-Policy.pdf

https://www.ibo.org/programmes/primary-years-programme/what-is-the-pyp/learning-a-languaage/