As an international school, we believe it is important to provide support to develop home languages for all children. Our Home Languages Programme, which is led by two Home Language Coordinators, is dynamic and changes to meet the ever-evolving linguistic needs of our school community, is guided by the following vision statement:
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:
Historically, our Extra-curricular Activities programme has offered a range of Home Language opportunities including but not limited to, French, Italian, Japanese, German, Korean, Spanish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, Hindi, Russian, Chinese Mandarin, Singaporean Mandarin and Dutch. Many of these languages are currently offered in support of our learning community. Other languages can be accommodated upon request. Additionally the school has dedicated Dutch and Singaporean Mandarin teachers located on campus, and a Thai language department to nurture and support the development of Thai for our national population.