Mother Tongue Programs

In keeping with the IB philosophy, maintenance of mother tongue is encouraged and supported at YIS. We recognize that continuing to develop the students’ mother tongue and literacy skills in their home language supports the development of their English language skills. Working with our community members, we facilitate mother tongue programs by providing classroom space and helping to arrange for teachers to deliver instruction. Teachers are employed and compensated by the parents of the students involved in the program.

Presently we offer the following mother tongue programs: Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Korean and Chinese. The mother tongue programs are offered after school, with the exception of Dutch mother tongue, which is offered in place of Japanese language study for students up to grade 9. The Dutch program is partly sponsored by the Ministry of Education in the Netherlands and is supported by the Stichting Nederlands Onderwijs in Japan (SNOJ). For more information about each mother tongue program, please see the links to the left. The Korean mother tongue program is sponsored by the Korean Education Institute.

We are happy to consider further mother tongue language options should there be a need and request. Aside from these programs, self-taught mother tongue options are available in group 1 at the DP level dependent on availability of a tutor. In the younger grades, parents are encouraged to participate in learning engagements that support and promote the maintenance of mother tongue through the Units of Inquiry, reading in class and sharing various information with the classes. The library supports our community languages by ensuring that our media collection is representative of the languages spoken at YIS.



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