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Language teaching and learning is defined in terms of progress, not in terms of predispositions in the Institut International de Lancy.
  • Description
All students are taught a second language (French or English) since the Maternelle. Progress is defined by the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) which covers six distinct steps in language learning from A1 to C2 (Beginners to Advanced).

On the Road to Bilingualism


IIL gives strong emphasis to English/French language teaching for students from a young age w

ith an aim to a bilingual outcome at the end of their secondary level studies. The school's unique approach offers this opportunity to every student beginning in the Early Years/Maternelle programme. This approach consists of:

  • optimised differentiation: groups are formed with respect to the specific needs of each student in accordance with the programme for the year group.

  • reduced class sizes: the number of groups is greater than the total number of classes for the year group. Consequently, language classes are automatically reduced in size.


This allows students in the French section to reach a level of proficiency in English equivalent to that of a native speaker. The same is true in French for students in the English section. The school adopts a holistic approach to language learning, encompassing cultural and emotional dimensions in addition to a strong communicative approach in line with school policy. Indeed, this is part of the whole-school approach to education where students are  encouraged and supported in the development of their intellectual, social and emotional intelligence.

Students can learn in various immersion environments according to class levels. At Primary level this applies to Sport, Music or Art instruction for all students. French section students can opt to take Media Studies in English. Primary students can also study Humanities in English, and in Secondary, History, Geography or Science. Students can thus use their language skills beyond the language classroom.

Secondary students are divided into groups depending on their level of language with gradual progression towards examinations. English section students can sit DELF examinations or IGCSE/IB in French as a first language, whereas in the French section, students are encouraged to sit exams at a level which is close to that of the native speaker (Cambridge CAE and CPE and Cambridge IGCSE). French section secondary students with a sufficient level of English can join their counterparts in the English section for English language and literature classes.

Foreign Languages


In addition to English and French, IIL offers regular programmes in a choice of foreign languages which include German, Italian, Spanish and Chinese.

Regular communication between teachers provides opportunities to share good teaching practices as well as a broad basis on which to implement new technologies focused on language learning in the classroom.

When following the IB Diploma Programme, students are encouraged to take language examinations in their mother tongue, even if it is not specifically included in the general school programme. The SSSTL (School Supported Self Taught language) provides an adequate framework for this.

Extra-curricular activities offer further language learning opportunities in other areas such as Russian or Turkish.

Broadening horizons


IIL organises a variety of cultural activities throughout the year, giving students the chance to benefit from language immersion. Both sections mix during field, cultural or group building trips and the school organises trips to the UK, France, Spain, Germany and China to gain first-hand experience of the languages studied at our international school.

 
  • Description
    All students are taught a second language (French or English) since the Maternelle. Progress is defined by the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) which covers six distinct steps in language learning from A1 to C2 (Beginners to Advanced).

    On the Road to Bilingualism


    IIL gives strong emphasis to English/French language teaching for students from a young age w

    ith an aim to a bilingual outcome at the end of their secondary level studies. The school's unique approach offers this opportunity to every student beginning in the Early Years/Maternelle programme. This approach consists of:

    • optimised differentiation: groups are formed with respect to the specific needs of each student in accordance with the programme for the year group.

    • reduced class sizes: the number of groups is greater than the total number of classes for the year group. Consequently, language classes are automatically reduced in size.


    This allows students in the French section to reach a level of proficiency in English equivalent to that of a native speaker. The same is true in French for students in the English section. The school adopts a holistic approach to language learning, encompassing cultural and emotional dimensions in addition to a strong communicative approach in line with school policy. Indeed, this is part of the whole-school approach to education where students are  encouraged and supported in the development of their intellectual, social and emotional intelligence.

    Students can learn in various immersion environments according to class levels. At Primary level this applies to Sport, Music or Art instruction for all students. French section students can opt to take Media Studies in English. Primary students can also study Humanities in English, and in Secondary, History, Geography or Science. Students can thus use their language skills beyond the language classroom.

    Secondary students are divided into groups depending on their level of language with gradual progression towards examinations. English section students can sit DELF examinations or IGCSE/IB in French as a first language, whereas in the French section, students are encouraged to sit exams at a level which is close to that of the native speaker (Cambridge CAE and CPE and Cambridge IGCSE). French section secondary students with a sufficient level of English can join their counterparts in the English section for English language and literature classes.

    Foreign Languages


    In addition to English and French, IIL offers regular programmes in a choice of foreign languages which include German, Italian, Spanish and Chinese.

    Regular communication between teachers provides opportunities to share good teaching practices as well as a broad basis on which to implement new technologies focused on language learning in the classroom.

    When following the IB Diploma Programme, students are encouraged to take language examinations in their mother tongue, even if it is not specifically included in the general school programme. The SSSTL (School Supported Self Taught language) provides an adequate framework for this.

    Extra-curricular activities offer further language learning opportunities in other areas such as Russian or Turkish.

    Broadening horizons


    IIL organises a variety of cultural activities throughout the year, giving students the chance to benefit from language immersion. Both sections mix during field, cultural or group building trips and the school organises trips to the UK, France, Spain, Germany and China to gain first-hand experience of the languages studied at our international school.

     
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