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World Languages

Philosophy Statement

ISB fully supports the IB Language Policy which states, "the International Baccalaureate is committed to supporting multilingualism as fundamental to increasing intercultural understanding and international mindedness." The ISB program aims to help students develop into proficient users of language who communicate with intercultural understanding and global-mindedness.

The World Languages department's philosophy reflects the core values of the school's mission and vision. The program serves the learning needs of students from a variety of linguistic and cultural backgrounds who traditionally enroll in the school. We strive to educate and inspire all students to become effective communicators and global citizens in the context of the 21st century.

From EY-Grade 12, the program values:
  • the acquisition of an additional language while maintaining a home language and cultural heritage
  • instruction that are aligned to standards and benchmarks
  • individualized learning opportunities for addressing diverse learning needs
  • multi-literacy skills for communication, study, work and leisure pursuits in a a variety of authentic contexts
  • contributions to local and global communities
  • lifelong interest in and enjoyment of language learning and literature
We believe that students learn a language best when they:
  • are provided with opportunities to integrate their learning with other subject areas
  • engage in a broad range of experiences to learn from the historical, social and cultural perspectives
  • utilize 21st century skills as they develop their linguistic and cultural competencies
  • apply language skills to authentic tasks
  • connect and engage meaningfully with the local and global communities through their own personal lens


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ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

General Preface to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012. The ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines are a description of what individuals can do with language in terms of speaking, writing, listening, and reading in real-world situations in a spontaneous and non-rehearsed context.

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