At International School Delft (ISD), we believe that language is at the heart of learning, fundamental to all teaching and learning as it is central to the entire curriculum. It empowers students to develop their conceptual understanding, critical thinking and cognitive skills. All staff at ISD are responsible for the language development of our students. Throughout our programme we nurture the development of English as the language of instruction, Dutch as the language of our host country, and students’ home languages. Additional languages are taught during their time at ISD. Language learning is most effective when learned and used in context. A rich language environment is promoted throughout the school.As a community we recognise the shared responsibility for language development and understand the importance of language and its role in all teaching and learning.
The support and teaching of English as an Additional Language (EAL) has great emphasis at ISD. Class sizes are small, and teachers have experience
of teaching EAL within the main classroom. Keeping students in the main classroom, whenever possible, ensures student do not miss out on curriculum entitlement. Additionally, specialist EAL support outside the classroom is available when deemed appropriate.
Dutch is also taught to enable ISD students to integrate with the local host-country community. Teaching of Dutch is offered at different levels: Language and Literature Dutch (for native or near native speakers) and Language Acquisition Dutch (for all other students).
At ISD Secondary, French and Spanish are offered at Language Acquisition level.
Mother tongue learning is strongly encouraged to enable students to maintain their cultural heritage and identity. We strongly encourage families to maintain the mother tongue at home in order to strengthen the student’s general language development. Maintaining high levels of the mother tongue is also a feature of high cognition and is a key determinant in the development of international-mindedness. A multilingual library is planned for the school and we encourage families to share and exchange their own resources. Additionally, at ISD, we will organise various activities to celebrate the many nationalities and languages.