Language plays a vital role in the construction of meaning. It provides students with an intellectual framework to support conceptual development and critical thinking.

In the PYP, language is the most significant connecting element across learning, both within the Units of Inquiry and across all subject areas. Literacy, including oral and visual literacy as well as the ability to read and write, becomes increasingly important as greater demands are placed on students as participants in the learning process. Language is the medium of inquiry. In an inquiry-based PYP classroom, students appreciates both the aesthetic and functional uses of language.

Literature is an integral part of the curriculum. A series of books can be read as an author study, host-country fairy tales could be part of a social studies unit, a biography might be the introduction to a science investigation, early years' counting stories can be reinforcement for mathematics development, and a comparison of illustration techniques may encourage acquisition of art skills. Books are not only enjoyed, they are also discussed and analyzed, compared and contrasted.

Throughout the Units of Inquiry, students will engage with experiences through four strands for language, such as oral language - listening and speaking, visual language - viewing and presenting, and written language - reading and writing.

Students at YIS:

  • Live with passion and enjoyment in expressing themselves confidently as communicators
  • Learn the acquisition of language skills as through a developmental process, and progress at their own individual rates.
  • Lead through taking an active role in their language learning.