If you read the IB standards and Practices they are pretty clear: language learning in the IB programmes is very important:
"all teachers are responsible for language development of students"
But what does this responsibility look like? How do we know if we are supporting language development?
At Tokyo International School we have been trying to work this out. The IB guidelines are useful, background reading, but for us they lacked tangible descriptions of what doing this actually looks like in practice. So, we got together to create indicators of 'best' language practice and here's what we have come up with so far. These descriptors now feature in our language policy.
We all support English language aquisition:
We all support literacy across the curriculum:
We all honor and support our students' mother tongues: