ISD - The International School of Dakar

Modern Language

Philosophy

At ISD, the Modern Language Department provides a dynamic and comprehensive language program. We believe that learning another language and culture is essential for well-rounded education and is needed to live and participate in a pluralistic society. It allows for the development of higher-level thinking skills, reinforces skills learned and knowledge acquired in all content areas, and opens up a wider perspective on the world as a whole.

Guiding Principles:

We believe that effective modern language education is:

  • relevant, stemming from students’ personal interests and experiences,
  • engaging and interactive, emphasizing student involvement and discourse,
  • coherent and standards-based, across the K-12 curriculum,
  • authentic, utilizing immersive activities that are modeled after real life situations,
  • dynamic, allowing for flexibility of learning pace and style,
  • challenging, offering students opportunities to extend and enrich their skills and fluency,
  • inspiring, fostering a love of multi-lingual living,
  • collaborative, allowing for teamwork and group-based projects,
  • open-minded, encouraging an appreciation for diverse cultural and linguistic heritage.

Essential Questions

  • Why learn another language? How will learning another language enhance my life?
  • How can I use my existing communication skills to learn a new language?
  • How does learning another language help me make connections with others?
  • In what ways do languages convey meaning?
  • How does language change in different situations?
  • How does the structure of language affect the message conveyed?
  • How can I learn to listen, speak, read and write in another language?
  • What are the connections between my native language and my second (or third) language?
  • How are language and culture linked?
  • How can cultural awareness enhance my language learning?