Beginning in kindergarten, all students in the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) in AACPS have the opportunity to learn more than one language. In addition to weekly instruction in Spanish, our school supports language learning through morning announcements, classroom connections and language inquiry.
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.
All PYP teachers have a responsibility to address the language needs of their students in the language of instruction. When teachers plan 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.
In many schools, students are learning in a language other than their mother tongue. This means that schools pay close attention to students’ language needs and abilities to ensure they participate fully in the programme and are able to reach their full potential.