Bilingualism

A BILINGUAL SCHOOLWHAT IT MEANS TO US

Haut-Lac International Bilingual School helps students become successful, confident and able to communicate in multiple languages, including the two working languages of the school, French and English, at a suitable level and using a variety of mediums.

OUR APPROACHTO BILINGUALISM

We define bilingualism as the ability to effectively communicate in two or more languages in any context the real world may require. By focusing on the idea of effective communication, our students move from learning how to use individual words and phrases in pre-rehearsed scenarios to being able to apply and use their language skills in any situation they encounter as they live their lives. This in turn means that, while the school’s two working languages, French and English, may be used at different proficiency levels, all our students have the ability to learn from each other as they use both languages in their every day lives.

That’s what makes us a bilingual school and why we say our students live and learn bilingually.

OUR BILINGUAL EDUCATIONBELIEFS

  • Language learning is a long journey that is different for each individual student
  • The best language learning takes place when students are happy and feel safe to take language risks
  • Each student needs to be nurtured on their language journey both in and out of the classroom
  • Language learning should be adapted to the needs of each student and value the language and cultural background of all our learners
  • Children thrive when they can communicate in the language of their home, their school and their environment

OUR BILINGUAL EDUCATION

OURCOMMITMENTS

  • Keeping pace with language research and development in a changing world
  • Considering students’ language pathways with parents
  • Ensuring a balanced bilingual curriculum in terms of time and extra-curricular exposure
  • Ensuring that language learning happens in all classrooms via school-wide monitoring and staff professional development
  • Adopting a targeted approach to subject specific language development
  • Providing the necessary support for students learning English and French and additional support, where required
  • Supporting the development of mother tongue languages as a powerful tool to help increase the rate of second language acquisition
  • Employing translanguaging strategies in the classroom to help increase the rate of second language acquisition

INFANT & PRIMARY

INFANT & PRIMARYBILINGUALISM

Infant and Primary students, who are enrolled in our bilingual section, study in English and French on alternate days. They work three days in English and two days in French every week for half a term before switching to three days in French and two days in English for the second half to ensure they get equal access to all areas of the curriculum in both of the school’s working languages.

SECONDARYBILINGUALISM

Lower Secondary students study half their subjects in English and the other half in French, but alternate the tuition language of each subject every term to help them develop a good knowledge of all subjects in both languages in preparation for the bilingual International Baccalaureate Diploma course.

Diploma students, who are enrolled in our bilingual section, will study half their subjects in English and the other half in French to ensure they get equal exposure to both languages every week.