Mother Tongue

Maintenance of mother tongue language is an important part of the IB curriculum as well as integral to ISHR’s language philosophy. Working with your child’s teacher, we can provide mother tongue support during the school day or after school through our mother tongue or LAP program.

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart”

– Nelson Mandela

Mother tongue maintenance and development is not only an important part of the IB curriculum, but also is an integral component of ISHR’s language philosophy. Research has shown that students who maintain and develop their mother tongue:

  • overtake their monolingual peers in terms of cognitive development and academic results.
  • become more proficient at the language of instruction.
  • can expect higher salaries once they enter the workforce.
  • acquire additional languages more easily.

Our mother tongue programme offers support in different languages:

  • Arabic
  • Croatian
  • French
  • Japanse
  • Korean
  • Persian
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Please contact our Mother Tongue coordinator by email if you would like to find out more.

Students reading a book in their mother tongue

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