ISD - The International School of Dakar

Modern Language


At ISD, we believe that speaking more than one language and having the ability to communicate in various contexts allows us to promote global citizenship, open-mindedness and a willingness to take risks amongst our students. We provide a dynamic and comprehensive language program. We strike a balance between teacher and student centered learning, allowing students the opportunity to explore their individual interests and strengths in a supported environment. It allows for the development of higher-level thinking, reinforces skills learned and knowledge acquired across disciplines, and opens up a wider perspective on the world as a whole. The Modern Language Department aligns itself with the IB learner profile, therefore we emphasize : risk-taking, reflexivity, balance, and critical thinking.

A ISD, nous pensons que parler plus d'une langue et avoir la capacité de communiquer dans divers contextes permet de promouvoir la citoyenneté mondiale, l'ouverture d'esprit et la volonté de prendre des risques. Nous offrons un programme académique dynamique et approfondi. Dans une pédagogie active où l'élève est acteur de son apprentissage, nous privilégions le développement des compétences académiques et un environnement propice à l'épanouissement. Cela permet de promouvoir un esprit d’analyse, de renforcer les compétences et connaissances acquises à travers les différentes disciplines, dans l’objectif d'évoluer vers de nouveaux horizons. Le département des langues modernes adhère à la philosophie du Bac International, à savoir, discernement, raisonnement, réflexion, équilibre et introspection.

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?