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Languages

World Languages
As part of our commitment to creating well-rounded, confident leaders for the next generation and beyond, we consider fluency in more than one language to be of utmost importance. Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. High-quality language education should foster a child’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable children to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping children to study and work in other countries.

The top three languages spoken worldwide by primary and secondary language speakers are Mandarin, English and Spanish. Mandarin Chinese has over one billion speakers worldwide and is the political and cultural language of China. The Spanish language has 466 million speakers worldwide and our location in Texas offers many immersion and cultural opportunities to enhance the Spanish language learning experience. Furthermore, Mandarin, in contrast to Spanish (a Romance language) and English (of Germanic roots and origins), is tonal in its spoken form and its written form is based on characters. This contrast between the three languages offers our children wonderful breadth in their linguistic studies.

The brain’s linguistic function does not discriminate against or between languages. All language acquisition strengthens the brain’s plasticity. The earlier a child begins to tackle a second or third language, the better to support life long retention in addition to overall positive brain function.

We are often asked about immersion. The term “immersion” is used in a variety of ways by different schools which has led to many misunderstandings of the meaning of an immersion program. We are not an immersion school as we do not teach the core content areas such as math and science in the foreign languages. We operate similar to the FLES model. FLES is an acronym that stands for Foreign Language in the Elementary School. It is an approach to language learning that allows children to develop basic communicative skills in a language while reinforcing and enriching content in other disciplines.

Our language classes last from 20-45 minutes per session and are held four times weekly. Our children acquire proficiency in listening and speaking, understanding of and appreciation for other cultures, and age-appropriate proficiency in reading and writing the foreign language. Our Mandarin and Spanish language instruction is linked in content to all subjects taught in the regular classroom (i.e., math, science, history, geography, art and music).

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IST Trailblazer Speaker Series: William Kamkwamba

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Prospective parents and students, join us this Saturday, February 10th at 9:30 am for our Open House and information session. Families will enjoy some morning treats, learn more about IST, and explore the campus having fun as they stop to visit our classrooms and teachers!

Join us and you'll see... why this is IST!
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Mark your calendars! This Friday we have two very exciting community events you won't want to miss!

Join us in celebrating trailblazer Meerah Rajavel on Friday, January 26th at 2:30pm as she shares with us her inspirational story about her journey from a rural village in India to becoming the Chief Information Officer at Forcepoint, one of leading cyber security firms in the world.

After the Trailblazer Speaker Series, IST will be hosting a movie night at the Rough Hollow Event Center! Get ready for a night filled with fun with a special viewing of Disney's "Planes". Doors will open at 6pm. In flight snacks and beverages will be provided.

*Don't forget to RSVP for our last Saturday Open House of the year by visiting us at istexas.org! Saturday, February 10th @ 9:30 am.
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Check out our Grade 2 trailblazers most recent collaborative project!

While exploring the IB transdiciplinary theme of "How We Organize Ourselves", students are inquiring into how people use measurement systems as organizational tools. During this engineering project, students were tasked with designing, measuring, building and improving a dream home for one of their stuffed animals.

Take a look at these trailblazers demonstrating the IB Learner Profile Attributes of "Inquirer, Thinker, and Communicator" as they built their dream homes!

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Contact Info

Address:
International School of Texas
4402 Hudson Bend
Austin, TX 78734
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Phone: (512) 351-3403
Fax: (512) 364-0277
Email: info@istexas.org

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