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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).

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This is IST!

For International Day of Peace, IST students participated in many exciting events throughout the day!

Our classrooms celebrated by creating magnificent pieces of art, some classrooms wrote inspirational quotes about tolerance around our play area, many of our students participated in mindfulness moments around our peace pole, and our youngest learners even planted a peace garden!

It was an amazing day filled with reflection, friendship and promoting the IB attitude of tolerance!
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Check out this science exploration in Grade 5!

During their first "Unit of Inquiry", trailblazers are inquiring into how human rights vary with place and time. Students are making connections, and using their research skills during this science inquiry to look at the basic human need of water. In this collaborative project our Grade 5 class is designing, creating, testing, and improving water wells.
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IST is celebrating International Dot Day!

This week IST trailblazers read The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds.

During their mindfulness exercises, trailblazers reflected on the mark they have made in the world. They also reflected on how they can continue to make their mark by taking action to positively change the world around us. These future leaders continue to demonstrate compassion, tolerance, and courage on a daily basis. What a great community of learners we have here at IST!

Take a look at some of our International Dot Day projects!

In art, students used their imagination to make some very creative dot pieces.

Our Early Childhood classroom even joined in the fun during a collaborative sensory play & paint activity! This popular classroom is almost full! Interested in securing a spot in our Early Childhood 1 (ages 2-3) or Early Childhood 2 (ages 3-4) Program for 2018-2019 school year? Contact us today: admissions@istexas.org

"Make your mark, and see where it takes you." -Peter H. Reynolds
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Take a look at our STEM/Inquiry Lab in action!

This inspiring learning space has been equipped with SmartBoard technology, a Lego wall, Lego Mindstorm and Lego WeDo robotics kits, programmable Bee Bots, Makey Makey interactive circuit boards, Little Bits magnetic snap circuits, solar robots, 3D pen technology, and a brand new Creator Pro Flashforge 3D printer and more!

As with all of our classrooms, our Inquiry Lab serves as a student centered classroom that encourages collaboration between students.

Check out our Grade 4 students exploring migration through Music and STEM. Students have been inquiring into how migration has influenced music and instruments from around the world. In this activity students utilized the Makey Makeys to research and then program a set of bongo drums!
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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