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Middle Years Programme curriculum

Language B

The primary aim of language B is to encourage students to gain competence in a modern language other than their mother tongue, with the long-term goal of balanced bilingualism.

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In addition, the study of language B aims to:

  • encourage in the student a respect for and understanding of other languages and cultures
  • provide a skills base to facilitate further language learning.

Proficiency in a second language gives students:

  • access to a broader range of input, experiences and perspectives
  • the enjoyment of being able to communicate in a language other than their mother tongue.

It is also acknowledged that learning another language greatly contributes to the holistic development of students and is believed to raise achievement in other subject areas.

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