Native Language @ ISB

Native Language Books Have New Home in MS/HS Main Library

May 29th, 2019 · No Comments

 
Need some multilingual reading for summer? Native Language books in ISB’s Main Library for MS/HS have moved to the tall shelving in the Literary Lounge, the room to the left as you enter the library.
 
The collection currently includes books in Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Turkish and Thai, and is due to to expand in both language range and book quantity in coming months (hence the extra space).
 
 
Meanwhile, summer checkout begins on Tuesday, June 4. Parents as well as students are welcome to borrow books! 
 
Summer checkout in the ES Library (Hub) also begins on June 4; the Native Language collection here includes books in Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Polish, Spanish, and Thai.
 

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書本如一座隨行的花園

March 20th, 2019 · No Comments

The saying “a book is like a garden (carried in your pocket)” adorns pillows, mugs, bookmarks, t-shirts, and doormats in English, and the graphic above this paragraph was made by a user of German. But the proverb originated in Chinese.

And ISB’s Chinese parent community has given a gift of books to our students.

Proceeds from the Chinese stand at last year’s International Family Fair (IFF) have gone to fund two orders of books in Mandarin, for the ES Library (Hub) and the MS/HS Library. All of the books are now on shelves. These books were ordered by librarians in collaboration with Mandarin faculty to facilitate independent reading.

The title of this post features a version of the book/garden proverb in Traditional Chinese. Here is a version in Simplified Chinese:

书本如一座随行的花园 

We would like to say to parents 謝謝 and 谢谢!

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Happy International Mother Language Day 2019!

February 21st, 2019 · No Comments

“We need to take care of our languages just like we take care of a garden.” With these words, librarian Nat Whitman showed a Grade 1 class several books authored in their native languages, and asked staff member Khun Jeab to read a book aloud in Thai. Down the hall, teachers, parents, and students wrote “good luck” phrases in their languages—from Slovak (above) to Portuguese and Tagalog (below)—on a large chalkboard. These were just two observances of International Mother (Native) Language Day 2019 at ISB.

International Mother Language Day is a day to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. The UN reports that at least 43 percent of the estimated 6000 languages spoken in the world are endangered. Every two weeks a language disappears, taking with it a way of knowing.

To affirm the importance of native languages, ISB hosted a Raising Multilinguals followup workshop for parents in all divisions, in which participants (some shown below) discussed ways to offer children language-rich experiences.

ISB staff also affirmed languages with a display in the MS/HS Library, images in the High School student bulletin, and a Facebook post showcasing several Native Language classes. We applaud them!

Happy International Mother (Native) Language Day!

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Thai Books Available at ES Book Fair

October 4th, 2018 · No Comments

Nothing encourages children to read quite like attractive books, readily available. Today and tomorrow, October 4-5, families have the opportunity to buy Thai-language children’s books as part of the Book Fair in the ES Learning Hub. Open from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. today, and 7 a.m-2:30 p.m. tomorrow, the Nai-In stand (above) offers picture books through novels in Thai. Happy shopping!

 

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ISB Offers French, Spanish Picture Books Online

May 8th, 2018 · No Comments

Buying picture books in Romance languages in Asia can be a challenge. Did you know that the ES Hub (ES Library) offers online picture books in French and Spanish via TumbleBookLibrary.com? Here are the steps to view a selection of books in these languages. To receive the username and password, ask in the ES Hub or email nativelanguage@isb.ac.th.

1. Go to TumbleBookLibrary.com and enter ISB Username and Password.

2. Click on TumbleSearch. 

3. Go to Search by Language, and select language. French and Spanish currently offer the best selection of titles in addition to English. 

4. Browse book descriptions, and click Read Online to view a book.

5. Enjoy! Picture books on this site feature sound and animation.

 

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