English 101 - Dr. Mandy Suhr-Sytsma
BLOGGING ABOUT MULTILINGUALISM
For my fifth blog post, I thought to discuss a very interesting blog post I found about how the International Baccalaureate (IB) program supports multilingualism in the classroom. I completed in high school the IB diploma program, so I was able to relate to this blog post and I found it intriguing.
The article talks about an international school in Germany that was faced with a range of students coming from very different families that spoke different languages. The school wanted to implement a multilingualism supporting curriculum and successful completed it implementing the IB program. For example, the IB curriculum supports everyone's native language while still pursuing other languages at the same time. The blog post discusses the positive effects of this and how the IB's curriculum has aided cross-cultural collaboration. Personally I can relate to this experience with the IB. My cultural differences from Finland were appreciated in class and I had much room to contribute my knowledge to class material and examinations. I felt like my opinions mattered while still being able to study Finnish through independent study of texts through IB.
Furthermore, this blog post ties into the topic I was doing for Project 2: ESL teaching in classrooms. The IB presents a way that multitude of different languages can be taught in school and cultural appreciation can be implemented. Through my project, I concluded that cultural appreciation is needed and all students need to feel important. The IB curriculum supports this, and I would agree that it should be more widely spread to not only international schools, but also to regional schools across the world.