As an international school, we believe it is important to provide support to develop home languages for all children. We are developing our Home Languages Programme and the following vision statement is guiding the work, which is led by our Primary and Secondary Home Language Coordinators:
Language is central to all learning and teaching at Bangkok Patana School and is valued both as a tool for further learning and as an outcome in itself. English is our main language of communication and enables students to realise their academic potential. However, we equally value all languages as fundamental to our understanding of internationalism. We appreciate the role of language in personal development as well as in developing, maintaining and celebrating a diverse cultural identity.
The Home Languages Programme strives to provide multilingual students with the opportunity to validate and reinforce their existing fluency in their home language by:
Currently our extra-curricular activities programme offers a range of Home Language opportunities including French, Italian, Japanese, German, Korean, Spanish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Chinese Mandarin, Singaporean Mandarin, Dutch and Thai. Other languages can be accommodated upon request. Additionally the school has dedicated Dutch and Singaporean Mandarin teachers located on campus.