At LFIM, bilingualism is an inherent part of our students’ school life. Over the course of the day, they move seamlessly between our two core languages and cultures within an international environment. Be it in the classroom or on the playground, in the premises or at home, they engage with French and English speaking teachers, coaches, parents, staff, and each other.
From Pre-Kindergarten till the 5th Grade, the curriculum is taught fifty percent in English and fifty percent in French by two teachers who are native speakers of the aforementioned languages.
From Grade 6 to 12, students spend 16 hours in French that cover core subjects of the curriculum such as French Literature and Language, Maths, Sciences, History, Geography, Socio-Economic Sciences and spend 12 hours in English studying Arts, English Language and Drama and Sports.
Additionally, students choose Spanish and/or German as a third language(s).
Learning a language is a rewarding intellectual adventure for young minds. Becoming truly bilingual, especially in our culturally immersive environment, encourages our students to embrace other cultures. They gain a deeper understanding of the values, beliefs and customs of other ways of life. We cannot think of a more valuable preparation for life in our globally connected century. Today, command over the English language is considered a basic requirement. Knowing French simultaneously guarantees access to many doors previously thought closed.
As much as 66 per cent of the world’s children are raised bilingual. This brings a number of social benefits into the community. Being bilingual, children have a greater ability to explore a culture through its native tongue or talk to someone with whom they might otherwise never be able to communicate. This creates greater cross-cultural appreciation.
Learning more than one language enables new conversations and new experiences, and this is at the centre of LFIM’s holistic education. A recent study showed that bilingual students exhibit greater empathy in communication with others. This comes from the perspective they gain in not only speaking another language but learning to interpret meaning through subtle cues. As a result, bilingual students outperform monolinguals in a range of cognitive and social tasks. They can read other people better, creating greater empathy and are thus open-minded to new experiences.
Hear from those who experience the benefits of being bilingual, our students!