Guiding statement for language learning at Atlanta International School:
- Language learning is a continuum along which each individual progresses differently.
- Our diverse multicultural environment and language learning provide the foundation for intercultural competence.
- All members of our community are dedicated to language learning within the IB framework.
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).