Language Acquisition

The ability to communicate in more than one language is essential to
the concept of an international education that promotes intercultural
understanding, and is central to the IB’s mission. The study of additional
languages in the MYP provides students with the opportunity to develop
insights into the features, processes and craft of language and the
concept of culture, and to realize that there are diverse ways of living,
behaving and viewing the world.
Acquiring an additional language and exploring and reflecting on the
cultural perspectives of our own and other communities:
• is central to developing critical thinking and
• provides an intellectual framework to support personal
development, cultural identity and conceptual understanding
• greatly contributes to the holistic development of students and to
the strengthening of lifelong learning skills
• equips students with the necessary multiliteracy skills and
attitudes to communicate successfully in various global contexts.
The aims of MYP language acquisition are to encourage and enable
students to:
• gain proficiency in an additional language while supporting
maintenance of their mother tongue and cultural heritage
• develop a respect for, and understanding of, diverse linguistic and
cultural heritages
• develop the communication skills necessary for further language
learning, and for study, work and leisure in a range of contexts