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Modern Languages

The Modern Languages Programme offers courses for students grades 6 to 12.

In the Middle Years, ISH offers German, French and Spanish as additional languages, commonly referred to as Languages B. Students are placed into classes according to their language level or phase. Those who are fluent in English, study German and one other language, either French or Spanish. The classes emphasize cultural understanding, oral and written communication as well as comprehension of visual and written texts. Students who reach a high proficiency can continue to study the language as Language A.

Language & Literature
In the Middle Years, ISH offers English and German as first languages, commonly referred to as Language A.  Language A equips students with linguistic, analytical and communicative skills. Students study literary, non-literary and visual texts, develop their skills for creative and expository writing and learn to present their viewpoints. 

In the Diploma Programme, students study at least two languages, either one Language A and one Language B (a choice of German, French, Spanish or English) or two Languages A.


Classes are established according to background and ability. German is taught at up to six levels of proficiency and is a compulsory subject, unless the student is required to take English as an Additional Language (EAL).The German programme is particularly enhanced by the fact that there is a German-speaking student population in the school and that it is supported by "total immersion" in the environment of the host country.

At IB level the Modern Languages Department currently offers German Literature and German Language and Literature, both at Higher and Standard levels, German B, French B and Spanish B at higher and standard levels and German as ab initio.

In the design of our programme, the selection and presentation of our materials we aim to reflect the ideals of the IB Learner profile.

At all levels we aim to encourage students to express their ideas clearly and precisely, coherently and creatively, experimenting with a variety of styles and forms in both oral and written communication.

The central focus of all courses is the study and enjoyment of literature in all its forms, through time and across cultures. An exciting range of works is offered to inspire students to reflect on literature and to develop skills of critical thinking. Ideally, students will develop an appreciation of the richness and complexity of human experience that literature records, greater self-knowledge and an understanding and respect for perspectives different from their own.

We also invite students to examine textualities beyond the literary as well as visual media in order to develop a discriminating critical awareness of the way language is used in the world around them.