We require that all our teachers hold suitable qualifications and be experienced educators. Most of all, our teachers must be ready to be suitable role models to our students. We know that we ultimately teach through modelling and expect all teachers to fully embrace the values of the school and develop personal attributes in line with the school’s Thirteen Enlightening Habits. You will find our talented teachers under each year level, beginning with our LDR Cutians (Early Years) teachers
Multilingual curriculum from Early Years – Primary Year 7
It is widely accepted that speaking more than one language is an excellent foundation for education in a child’s formative years. Having the experience of being in a multi-cultural environment teaches tolerance, problem-solving skills, and adaptability that will give your child the best possible start in life. Each year has one Hindi and one native English-speaking teacher who take turns leading learning activities in their first language. Storytelling, games, singing and daily communication prepare children for reading and writing in both languages. Third Language is also introduced from Primary Year 3. This additional language is to be chosen by the student from the given options consisting of one foreign, one regional and one cultural language.
Cognitive benefits of a multilingual education
A multilingual education can strengthen the executive function of the brain. In fact, research has shown that because multilingual students are able to use more than two languages at the same time, switching consistently, they develop skills such as inhibition, switching attention, and working memory.
Improvements in Learning
Being multilingual can have tangible practical benefits. The improvements in cognitive and sensory processing driven by bilingual experience may help a multilingual person to better process information in the environment, leading to a clearer signal for learning.
“Multilingual people, studies show, are better at reasoning, at multitasking, at grasping and reconciling conflicting ideas. They work faster and expend less energy doing so, and as they age, they retain their cognitive faculties longer, delaying the onset of dementia and even full-blown Alzheimer’s disease. A bilingual brain is not necessarily a smarter brain, but it is proving to be a more flexible, more resourceful one.”
– How the Brain Benefits From Being Bilingual, Jeffrey Kluger
Here are a few benefits of bilingual and multilingual education:
Improved Performance on Standardised Tests
Students perform as well as, or better than, non-immersion students on standardised tests of English and maths administered in English.
Enhanced Cognitive Skills
Students typically develop greater cognitive flexibility, demonstrating increased attention control, better memory, and superior problem-solving skills, as well as an enhanced understanding of their primary language.
Increased Cultural Sensitivity
Students are more aware of and show more positive attitudes towards other cultures and an appreciation of other people.
Long Term Benefits
Students are better prepared for the global community and job markets where a second and third language is an asset.