Home Language

A well-developed home language is important to students’ academic success and emotional wellbeing.

Decades of research in different countries and in multiple languages (Cummins, 2000; Carder, 2007; Collier and Thomas, 2009; Genesee et al, 2009) have shown that students who possess strong literacy skills in their first language are more successful when it comes to learning new languages and academic performance.

Indeed, bilingualism leads to more flexible thinking, creativity and better problem-solving skills, and helps you communicate with a wider range of people. Children with strong proficiency in their home language have greater self-esteem and enjoy greater academic success.

For this reason, BBIS proudly runs a Home Language programme during the school day (in Primary School) and after school (both Primary and Secondary School). During the programme, we not only focus on the child’s mother tongue, but also build a greater understanding and awareness of their cultural heritage.

It’s all part of the IB mission to nurture multilingualism, intercultural understanding and global engagement.