Primary School Languages Program

In childhood, language learning comes naturally. Gestures, accents and words are absorbed through dance, song and play.

Bilingual Partial Immersion

Bilingual education enriches every child’s life, has significant cognitive benefits, and promotes a natural acceptance of difference. Bilingual partial immersion in a second language at IGS begins in Preschool and continues in Primary School through to Year 6.

In the bilingual partial immersion languages program, students’ skills develop by hearing and using their second language in songs, games and craft activities, integrated with selected units of core curriculum subjects taught directly in the target language.

Second languages taught from Kindergarten are currently French, German, Italian and Japanese. Chinese will be a second language choice in Kindergarten from 2019 going forward. Time allocation for languages classes is 40 minutes daily in Kindergarten and 80 minutes daily in Year 1 to Year 6.

Camps and travel

Students in Year 4 and Year 6 attend annual Language Camps where they are immersed in activities in their language including craft, cooking, sport and drama. There is also an exchange program opportunity to Noumea for some Year 5 cohorts.

Download our guide to overseas exchanges