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Language Immersion - Natural and Beneficial

Our emphasis on bilingual education and language immersion is a big part of what sets ISI apart from other educational options in the state of Indiana and the Midwest. Research shows that bilingual learning is both natural and beneficial and that bilingual people tend to use their brains more efficiently than those who speak only one language.

WhyISI-buttonAll students in our Lower School (elementary and pre-elementary) are educated to be bilingual through a process called language immersion. ISI offers immersion classes to Lower School students in French, Spanish, or Mandarin.

French

Language and Learning

Students in our preschool and kindergarten classes are taught entirely in their target language (Spanish, French, or Mandarin). Students acquire their new language naturally, almost effortlessly, in much the same way that they learn their native language. Because language acquisition is combined with everything the students do, they actually spend their school day learning the full range of academic skills that one would expect at their given grade level.

Languages of Instruction

In Grades 1, 2, and 3, students have an hour a day of formal English instruction, and by Grades 4 and 5, students are proficient enough at both languages that classes in English make up about half of the school day.

In our Middle School, beginning in Grade 6, all classes are taught in English, except for foreign language classes. Most students continue studying their target language. Students who are already proficient in Spanish or French by Grade 6 may begin studying a third language.

Mandarin