Languages

Why Language Learning Matters at Atlanta International School

At AIS, we view language as more than simply a communications tool. We see language as critical for understanding and empathizing with those from different cultures, and crucial for navigating those cultures.

It’s the qualities of understanding, empathy and intercultural competence that enable our students to effectively collaborate in their learning and problem solving. These are skills our students develop and use at AIS and continue to grow as they move to university and into a world that’s increasingly more fluid and interconnected.

Research also shows that knowing two or more languages has tangible cognitive benefits. As one learns to switch between languages, one triggers, and potentially strengthens, the part of the brain that manages executive function (problem solving, multitasking, and focusing attention).

How Language Learning Works at Atlanta International School

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  • Primary Years Program

    In our Early Learning Center (ELC), we offer a full immersion preschool program for children ages three and four in French, German, Mandarin and Spanish. From 5K through grade 5, we deliver the rigorous, inquiry-based PYP curriculum in two languages. All faculty are native speakers of the language in which they are teaching.

    By having two adults in each classroom, we are able to maintain low student-teacher ratios. The teachers work together to provide students with personalized attention and to ensure that each child, based on his or her unique needs, is both adequately challenged and supported.
     
    Heritage Language Program
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    Heritage Language Program is open to primary school students who speak one of the following languages at home: Arabic, Hindi, Farsi, Italian, Greek, and Dutch. This program builds a close relationship between culture, identity, and language proficiency; the course is open to AIS students and non-AIS families, from Kindergarten to grade 5, who have at least basic comprehension and communication skills in their heritage language. Classes meet twice a week, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  and are run by a native speaker who teaches an inquiry-based curriculum, with a strong emphasis on oral communication and various STEAM components.
  • Middle Years Program

    Students entering Middle School have varied language backgrounds. Some come directly from our dual language Primary School program or are already multilingual, while others come without any second language experience.

    We offer many language options to allow students to develop their language ability to their highest potential. Depending on a student’s language level, they have a range of choices, from beginner to taking both Language & Literature and Humanities (Geography/History) courses at an advanced level.
  • Diploma Years Program

    No prior language experience is needed before students join the IB Diploma Program. Language options exist for students of all experience levels, from beginners to bilingual or multilingual students.
     
    For students who have a strong academic background in at least two languages, we have several options for obtaining a bilingual IB Diploma.

New Mandarin Program - Primary Years Program

Starting in August 2018, we are adding a Primary full immersion Mandarin language program
in preschool and partial immersion in Kindergarten and Primary.

In this new Mandarin program, we welcome students from beginners to native speakers, to join at any time up to Grade 5. Our Mandarin teachers will be native speakers with international experience. Students will be grouped into beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, with about 6 students per group.
Since each language reflects the values, history, and way of thinking of those who use it, learning another language is a particularly effective means of understanding and respecting others.
- Excerpt from AIS Mission Statement

Atlanta International School

A private, non-profit, international, IB World School for grades 3K-12,
featuring full and dual-immersion language programs.

2890 North Fulton Drive

Atlanta, Georgia 30305, USA
404.841.3840