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  • Why Should I Choose a Full Language Immersion Education For My Child?

    You want to make the best educational choices for your children. In our rapidly changing world, you may want to seriously consider giving your children the gift of fluency in two or more languages.

    Research shows that immersion students gain additional cognitive, academic, and employment benefits. Full-language immersion helps students gain an edge in life.

    Naturally, you may be wondering what's the difference between language immersion and the traditional language classes taught in most schools? In traditional second language classes, the target language is the subject of instruction, often representing just one class out of many.  Language immersion, however, uses the target language to teach other subjects such as mathematics, science, social studies, music and art. This allows your child to learn a second language naturally.

    What Makes The International School of Arizona Different

    From Public and Charter Schools?

    Advanced Foreign Language – Our Unique Advantage

    On norm-reference nationwide tests, our students graduate 2-3 years ahead of the average American student.  It is also proven that bilingual children have a superior ability to focus, and have greater ease in switching between unrelated mental tasks, than monolingual children. 

    Modern neurological studies prove that multilingual proficiency is imprinted during Middle School years. This underscores the importance of pursuing a high level of foreign language instruction in Grades 6-8, which enables a student to move from basic conversational speaker to academic proficiency and fluency.

    At ISA, advanced foreign language instruction is taught exclusively in immersion style by native language speakers.  ISA language instruction embodies grammar and rich cultural education. Students who enter with high levels of foreign language experience (native speakers or ISA Lower School French & Spanish students), continue with Advanced French or Advanced Spanish.  Students with little or no foreign language pursue introductory intensive language instruction in the language of their choice (French or Spanish).  Intensive language classes are fun and highly engaging, with ample opportunities to speak.  ISA Middle School students enjoy mentoring ISA Early Childhood and Lower School students, as well as using their foreign language skills in the cafeteria, hallways and playground, where numerous languages are spoken.

    Foreign Language Fluency – Basic Conversation or Academic Proficiency?

    Widely used in schools and summer camps throughout Europe, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (CEFR) allows for foreign language proficiency assessment. This rating system divides learners into levels from A1 (basic user) to C2 (advanced academic fluency), and allows instructors to assess speaking, reading, writing and listening skills of each ISA student. In Europe, students now place their CEFR rating on resumes to differentiate their fluency. At ISA, students strive for C2 proficiency in multiple languages.

    Advanced language students may select a third language as an additional elective.

    A Path to Success

    If a student has been enrolled at the ISA throughout Lower School, when they comeplete thier respective three-year ISA Middle School curriculum, they speak two or three languages fluently; they are culturally aware; they take educated risks; they are critical thinkers; they use technology as learning and presenting tools; and they have developed lifelong learning skills for 21st century demands.

    Our Middle School students are prepared for the best college preparatory high schools and have the unique academic multicultural advantage now highly sought after by elite universities worldwide. 

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