Native Language @ ISB

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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Happy International Mother Language Day 2018!

February 21st, 2018 · No Comments

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Today is International Mother Language Day, an observance recognized by the United Nations and long celebrated by UNESCO, with the aim of promoting linguistic diversity and multilingualism— “keystones of sustainability and peace” on the UNESCO International Mother Language Day 2018 website.

ISB marked International Mother Language Day with observances throughout the school, ranging from read-alouds, to writing prompts, to art projects, to special bulletin boards. A selection of international pop tunes played in the cafeteria during MS/HS lunch. A floor-to-ceiling chalkboard in the ES featured writing in children’s languages, about how their families say good morning.

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We hope all students felt especially proud of their native languages today at ISB. Happy International Mother Language Day!

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