Concord Elementary School, an IB World School
Language Policy 2019-2020
We believe that every teacher is a language teacher. Language is the foundation of all learning and enhances children’s personal growth and cognitive development, and facilitates international understanding. We believe language is holistic and transcends all disciplines. Language learning permeates the entire curriculum and is used for a variety of purposes and audiences. Currently at Concord, we have ten different languages represented in the school. We strive to encourage, embrace, and celebrate all represented languages.
- Language is the key to all learning.
- All teachers are language teachers and all students are language learners.
- Language enables students to gain knowledge, develop social skills and values, and inquire about the world through problem-solving and information processing.
- Language development involves the entire school community.
- The focus of language instruction is to develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing and media literacy.
- Mother tongue languages are valued and respected.
- Instruction aims to extend students’ access to another language & enhance their mother tongue.
- The speaking of languages reflects the value and respect a person shows toward an individual or culture.
- Literature is an integral part of the curriculum. It is used for provocation and support of the units of inquiry. Literature is used to help students recognize, understand, and reflect upon various concepts.
- Language should be a relevant and realistic practice that encourages the development from intercultural awareness to understanding.
- English Language Arts standards are integrated into a Balanced Literacy Program. This includes word work, shared reading, guided reading, independent reading and writing.
- Opportunities are provided to differentiate the language program to meet the needs of all students. Students are encouraged to further their communication skills through oral and written language, as well as through the arts.
- Best practices are integrated into the instructional strategies at all grade levels.
- Resources are selected to match units, languages, and needs of students.
- Native language information is recorded on student registration form. Announcements and information are translated into mother tongue languages when possible. Important school information is provided to families in multiple languages.
- The teaching and learning of languages are incorporated into the Programme of Inquiry.
- Every effort is made to promote inquiry-based, authentic language learning.
- All teachers are expected to promote Spanish, which is the additional language of instruction, throughout the day.
- Spanish instruction is provided one time per week for all students in grades K-5.
- Gifted and talented instruction is provided 45 minutes daily to grades three through five.
- Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) is provided on a daily basis for students who need additional language instruction.
- ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) instruction is provided for students, as mandated.
- Speech therapy and resource services are provided for students, as determined by each student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).
- Curriculum is aligned with ELA state standards, SCCCR standards, the Anderson District Five ELA Approved Curriculum, as well as the Programme of Inquiry.
- Daily reading and writing opportunities are provided for all students.
- Literature is incorporated into language instruction and units.
- Mother tongue languages will be respected and valued.
- Support is provided for families and students whose mother- tongue is not English.
- The language policy will be revisited yearly by the staff.