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November 5, 2022
by ISB Native Language Programs

PNLA Session (Season) 2 Begins November 7

Panther Native Language Academy Session (Season) 2 classes will get underway on November 7, with largely the same schedule as before except for a few tweaks. Questions always welcome!

Young students prepare to write ひらがな with brushes and water, and older students read aloud in ES Japanese. Teacher: Ayaka Kobayashi

August 11, 2022
by ISB Native Language Programs

Sign Up for Panther Native Language Academy

Welcome to the 2022-23 school year! Registration is now open for after-school programs, including Panther Native Language Academy!

Panther Native Language Academy teachers (top) with Anthony Giles, Director of Arts and Activities

Schedules for PNLA classes will be tailored to fit the participants’ availability.

  • If you have received a schedule survey for your language, please submit it by 8 a.m. on Monday, August 22.
  • Registration and payment via PowerSchool/CCA is due by 12 noon on Wednesday, August 24.

If you have questions about Panther Native Language Academy, please come to our booth in MPB 1-3 between 9 a.m. and 12 noon on Saturday, August 20, during the Panther Activities & Sports Fair. The MPB is at the top of the Zigzag.

Please note: Our after-school native language classes best suit students who are (a) unable to take a native language class during school, or (b) students who need extra support as determined by the teacher of the native language class in school. A native/near native language is generally described as a language that is used on a daily basis with at least one parent. Further details are here.

Please feel free to email questions anytime!

Here’s to a language-rich school year!

June 16, 2022
by ISB Native Language Programs

“Tug on” Languages Between School Years

The vacation between school years is an opportunity to practice languages . . . by visiting home countries, reading books for pleasure, speaking with loved ones, and more. How will your family “tug on” languages during ISB’s upcoming vacation? 

줄다리기 at an ES Korean party for the International Day of Multilingualism, March 2022. Teacher: Young Ae Jung

Touwtrekken at an ES/MS/HS Dutch celebration of Koningsdag, April 2022. Teacher (not pictured): Kees Meinders

April 18, 2022
by ISB Native Language Programs

View Parent Workshop on Translanguaging

On Tuesday morning, March 29, 2022, ISB welcomed Dr. Laura Ascenzi-Moreno and Dr. Cecilia M. Espinosa, authors of the book Rooted in Strength, to join us remotely for a Parent Education session about translanguaging. They explored the questions What is translanguaging? and What does it mean for my family? They also responded to questions from ISB parents.

Their one-hour session is now available as a video! Here are details about the session and the speakers. What questions do you have about translanguaging?


March 14, 2022
by ISB Native Language Programs

ISB Language Snapshots, Semester 2, 2021-22

What languages might you hear on ISB’s campus these days? Here is a snapshot based on student data for Semester 2, 2021-22 (click image to enlarge).

Note: This graph shows the number of students for whom each language is listed as Student Language in PowerSchool. The data is incomplete, as multilingual students could report only one Student Language, and some families did not report a language.

Below is one more snapshot, of how many ISB households are likely to be multilingual. The green portion, just less than 20 percent, represents families for whom English is listed as Student Language, Parent 1 Language, and Parent 2 Language in PowerSchool. The blue portion represents all families for whom that is not the case.

Since English is a common language at school, it may come as a surprise that most ISB households are not monolingual, English-speaking households. This graph makes that reality visible.

To check on your family’s language data in PowerSchool, contact us anytime:

March 2, 2022
by ISB Native Language Programs

Payment for PNLA Semester 2 Now Open

Thanks to all who signed up for Panther Native Language Academy (PNLA) Semester 2! The Panther Activities payment window is now open.

Below: PK2 Thai class, taught by Dr. Pimolpun (Jib) Burapharat (far below) with assistant Khun Viyada (Tuu) Kunakorn. 

December 17, 2021
by ISB Native Language Programs

Happy Holidays from Panther Native Language Academy

Happy Holidays to you and yours from Panther Native Language Academy! 

See if you can spot virtual Dutch and Hebrew classes, taught by Kees Meinders and Oren Rubin, in the video here. A photo from an in-person Mandarin class, taught by Zhouying Wang since mid-November, is above.

Sign-up for Semester 2 PNLA classes will open in January. Most classes will start on January 24, two weeks into the semester, when an update to COVID-19 safety measures is expected. [Update, 14 January: most PNLA classes will now start on January 31.]

Here’s to a language-rich Winter Holiday!

October 25, 2021
by ISB Native Language Programs

A Translanguaging Field Trip

Today, ISB faculty took a “translanguaging field trip” to schools around the world with Tonya Gilchrist of Erin Kent Consulting, as part of a Professional Development Day.

Did you know that translanguaging means leveraging all of students’ languages for learning? Here is an article by Gilchrist that says more—and involves cake! 🍰

Here are more posts on this blog about translanguaging at ISB.