Mother Tongue

Due to our school having a wide range of cultures and mother-tongue languages spoken, we want to be able to honour these languages even though they are not the language of instruction. That is why the school obtains information about a student's language profile when they join the school and keeps track of the range of languages that are represented amongst the student population. The school collects information about the various languages that a student speaks: the language considered to be the student’s best, mother tongue - the language(s) spoken at home and any other languages that have previously been studied or learned. The school rolls out new mother tongue classes based on the class quota and availability of a facilitator or a parent volunteer to facilitate the programme. Learners of languages that fail to hit the quota attend the reading club offered at the same time as the mother tongue lessons. We believe that these mother-tongue languages should be developed and not lost due to the following: • Knowing their mother tongue helps the child build personal, social and cultural identity. • EAL students learn English more quickly and effectively if they maintain and develop proficiency in their mother tongue. • Some children will eventually go back to their country of origin and therefore need to develop their proficiency in their mother tongue. • In order to keep family unity and not alienate the child, the student should continue to learn their mother tongue language.

Date:- 2016-02-19