One of the ways to foster international education is by nurturing and stimulating high-level mother tongue proficiency. Many studies have shown children do better if they get a basic education in their own language. Languages are now regarded as an integral part of a person’s identity, as shown in the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Diversity (2001), which recognizes the importance of languages in promoting cultural diversity.
At AISB we believe it is essential to maintain and encourage the development of our students’ mother tongue, since it supports further language acquisition, helps students develop personal identity and addresses many social, emotional and academic needs. The mother tongue program gives students the opportunity to have more learning experiences, to develop academic language, add to their knowledge, grow and share ideas, and establish strong relationships.
Currently, the AISB after school mother tongue program serves more than 120 children whose mother tongue is Spanish, Italian, Turkish, German, Dutch, Romanian, Hebrew, Russian, Swedish, Chinese or French.
If the language you are interested in is not on the list and you would like to see that language being offered in our program, please contact
Alina Guzganu, the mother tongue program coordinator. AISB is happy to offer classroom space, copying supplies and encouragement for the creation of new mother tongue classes.
Facts and numbers
The United Nations’ (UN) International Mother Language Day is annually held on February 21 to celebrate languages spoken worldwide.
At least half of the world’s population are bilingual or plurilingual, i.e. they speak two or more languages.
It has been estimated that the number of actively spoken languages in the world today is about 6,000.