Language Acquisition (World Languages)

  • LAQ

  • The ability to communicate in a variety of modes in more than one language is essential to the concept of an international education that promotes multilingualism and intercultural understanding, both of which are central to the IB’s mission.

    The study of additional languages provides students with the opportunity to develop insights into the features, processes and craft of language and the concept of culture, and to realize that there are diverse ways of living, behaving and viewing the world.

    The acquisition of the language of a community and the possibilities to reflect upon and explore cultural perspectives of our own and other communities:
    • is valued as central to developing critical thinking, and is considered essential for the cultivation of intercultural awareness and the development of internationally minded and responsible members of local, national and global communities
    • is integral to exploring and sustaining personal development and cultural identity, and provides an intellectual framework to support conceptual development
    • greatly contributes to the holistic development of students and to the strengthening of lifelong learning skills
    • equips students with the necessary multiliteracy skills and attitudes, enabling them to communicate successfully in various global contexts and build intercultural understanding.


    IB Middle Years Programme | Language acquisition guide (2014)

Courses Offered


  • Chinese 1
  • Chinese 2
  • Chinese 3
  • IB Mandarin ab initio


  • French 1
  • French 2
  • French 3
  • IB French SL/HL


  • Spanish 1
  • Spanish 2
  • Spanish 3
  • Spanish 1 for Native Speakers
  • Spanish 2 for Native Speakers
  • Spanish 4 for Native Speakers
  • IB Spanish ab initio
  • IB Spanish SL/HL