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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).

Upcoming Open House!

Wednesday, January 17th @ 9:30 am

Click here to RSVP or call (512) 351-3403


IST Trailblazer Speaker Series: William Kamkwamba

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Today we are delighted to welcome KVUE and Mace Massingill - Hunger Fighter to IST!

Our student leaders of Malala House and Huger Captains, Leah and Arann-Ryan, have organized an incredible food drive here at International School of Texas. As you can see from the photo we gathered hundreds of food items to donate to the Central Texas Food Bank to help fight hunger this holiday season.

Taking action is an essential part of the IB program and is highly celebrated and encouraged at IST. Thank you student trailblazers for exhibiting the IB attitudes of empathy, appreciation, cooperation and commitment by taking action to help others in need. #nohunger
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This week we started our food drive to help @Macemassingill-hungerfighter with his goal of feeding 250,000 people this holiday season. Our #nohunger Hunger Captains have been busy organizing and sorting all of the food we have already started to collect. Thank you to all families who have already donated! ... See MoreSee Less

So excited to have Leah & Arann-Ryan as our first Hunger Captains for #nohunger. They are doing an awesome job leading the charge for their food drive at International School of Texas. Hopefully they...

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At IST we celebrate inclusivity, and diversity! One way we do this is through our frequent culture clubs. Today during culture club our advanced Spanish students were thrilled to present to the school (in Spanish) about Dia de los Muertos.

IST students were very enthusiastic about today's culture club, as they have been learning about trailblazer Pedro Infante and adding to our alter all throughout last week.

This year our school altar was in memory of Pedro Infante. He was a Mexican actor and singer who played the classical guitar, piano, violin, trumpet, and drums.

During Spanish, students ate “pan de muerto” (Day of the Dead bread), made decorations for the “altar de muertos”, and decorated “calaveras de azúcar” (sugar skulls). They also shared memories of their loved ones.
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Take a peak into this incredible Art project our Grade 3 students are working on!

During their second Unit of Inquiry, our Grade 3 trailblazers are exploring the transdisciplinary theme of "How We Organize Ourselves". During this unit students are inquiring into how societies
can organize themselves through various forms of government.

For this art project the students are creating a "government official" inspired self-portrait from around the world. Our budding artists are beginning to finish up their outlines and will soon
start to paint the colors of their ancestral flag behind them.

What an excellent way to display the diversity within our dynamic school community!
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Join us tomorrow, November 4th @ 9:30 am for our Open House and Information Session!

Our Saturday Open Houses are child friendly so please bring your little trailblazer along for a day of exploration and fun! We look forward to meeting you!

4402 Hudson Bend Rd, Austin, TX 78734 (512) 351.3403
RSVP today by visiting ISTexas.org or email admissions@istexas.org

Our classrooms are reaching waitlist with limited placements available for 2018.

Brain Friendly Learning. Spanish and Mandarin. Music. Healthy Eating. Inquiry/STEM Lab. Transportation Available.

Providing high-quality international education to children from Early Childhood, age 2-3, through 5th grade. Also offering 3 day and 1/2 day option for Early Childhood.

Join us and you'll see why This is IST!
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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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