Language is a form of communication central to every student’s intellectual, social and emotional development. Language plays an essential role in all learning areas and is the major connecting element across the curriculum.
Tesla Education is committed to the development and daily use of multiple languages throughout the student educational experience. We believe multilingualism enhances cognitive skills, creativity, problem-solving, and self-identity, in addition to supporting intercultural communication and global awareness.
In conjunction with our integrated curriculum, Tesla School aspires to provide an integrated approach to language development. We blend the research-based theories of additive bilingualism and translanguaging to provide a learning environment that is cognitively appropriate and progressive. Our goals are to ensure that new languages do not replace the native tongue and provide an environment for students to acquire new languages naturally and in context with their prior knowledge of the world around them.
Language learning at Tesla Education is underpinned by the following principles:
Three core drivers underpin language use on campus or at any Tesla Education event/activity as follows:
In practice, our Early Years (EY) and Primary (PYP) programs promote dual common languages of Vietnamese and English with a gradual shift toward the latter in upper primary, Grades 3 – 5. In secondary school, the common language on campus is designated as English in order to properly prepare the students for the rigors of the all-English IB Diploma Program in the final two years of high school.