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North London Collegiate School Jeju

Languages

At an international school, languages are a key element of everyday life. All of our students are at least bilingual and we encourage the to learn as many languages as their time allows.
 

Spanish

To be competitive on a global scale, the business world of tomorrow needs individuals who can work in a culturally diverse environment and with strong skills in a foreign language. Workers will be called upon to cooperate with colleagues in other countries, crossing time zones, languages, and cultures, in a world where 94% of the population does not speak English as their first language.  

Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world. It is also spoken in 44 countries and is expected to be the first language of 50% of the population of the United States within 50 years. It is therefore an excellent language to possess. Research has shown that Languages students achieve higher scores on standardized tests in reading, language arts, and mathematics. (Masciantonio, Rafferty).   

Languages study also enhances listening skills and memory. Furthermore, our students develop greater cognitive skills in such areas as mental flexibility, creativity, divergent thinking and higher order thinking skills (Foster and Reeves; Landry; Rafferty; Ginsburg and McCoy).  

If education is a means to prepare students for the complicated world they inhabit, then the students need to study an international language such as Spanish. The value of studying Spanish not only lies in job preparation but also in developing an understanding of other people and cultures.

Korean

The Korean Department delivers a curriculum instruction aimed at developing ability and attitude for students to creatively use Korean. This is in accordance with national curriculum currently utilized in Korea; to understand Korean culture and to develop ability and attitude to contribute to the advancement of Koreans and to the enhancement of Korean culture. NLCS Jeju offers outstanding courses for IGCSE Korean and IB Korean. IGCSE Korean course is designed to teach, based on the knowledge of Korean stories or writings, a correct and critical way to gain appreciation understanding for literature to Korean middle or high school students. IB Korean course is designed to raise the ability of general understanding and to cultivate esthetic emotions of diverse human lives through acceptance of literary works based on the fundamental knowledge about the literature or through critical reproduction. By comparative analysis with not only Korean literature but also with a variety of literary works from worldwide, the course enables students to deeply understand and respect unique and universal characteristics in humanities and various cultures with refinement. Enhanced language and thinking skills through your mother language will definitely be beneficial in improving your English and in other languages to a great extent.

Mandarin

Why Chinese? You might already know that Chinese is most widely spoken first language in the world with over an estimated 1.35 billion people in China and various other parts of the word speaking it. If you can speak Chinese, you can speak to over one billion people on the planet! Chinese is the fastest growing Foreign Language being taught in US schools and is the most taught foreign language after English in Japan. China is emerging from a period of stagnation and again taking its place as one of the great powers of the world. China is and will be an important business and economic partner of not only the U.S. but also the world. Learning Chinese language opens the way to different important fields such as Chinese politics, economy, history and archaeology etc. Therefore, knowing Chinese may give you an edge when competing for an important position. The IGCSE and IB Language B course are offered to non-native speakers with balance of developing four skills i.e. Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. There is also IB Language A course available for Chinese native speakers. In IGCSE and IB we study Chinese literature and culture. The course will help you bridge the cultural gap, better understand your Chinese counterparts, and create a platform of knowledge and understanding with them that is crucial for effective communication.

French

To be competitive on a global scale, the business world of tomorrow needs individuals who can work in a culturally diverse environment and with strong skills in a foreign language. Workers will be called upon to cooperate with colleagues in other countries, crossing time zones, languages, and cultures, in a world where 94% of the population does not speak English as their first language.  

French is second only to English for the number of countries where it has official status – 32 as opposed to 45. It is also the only language, with English, that is taught in every country  of  the world.  It  is, therefore,  an excellent language to possess. Research has shown that Languages students achieve higher scores on standardized tests in reading, language arts, and mathematics. (Masciantonio, Rafferty).   

Languages study also enhances listening skills and memory. Furthermore, our students develop greater cognitive skills in such areas as mental flexibility, creativity, divergent thinking and higher order thinking skills (Foster and Reeves; Landry; Rafferty; Ginsburg and McCoy).  If education is a means to prepare students for the complicated world they inhabit, then the students need to study an international language such as French. The value of studying French not only lies in job preparation but also in developing an understanding of other people and cultures.  

Latin

Latin is an excellent subject to study both for the support it gives to learning in other subjects and for its intrinsic interest.

Academic English has its roots in the Latin language. Over 50% of words in an English dictionary are derived from Latin roots.  Such words are often those used in more formal registers (eg vision rather than seeing, laudable rather than good).  The study of Latin grammar improves the students’ precision of English expression as well as enabling them to make faster progress in modern foreign languages. Accuracy over detail is an essential skill developed; this is useful in many other areas, notably computer programming. Studies in several countries have shown the positive impact of studying Latin on children’s literacy skills and cognitive development.

Roman culture is fascinating, and we study a range of topics including gladiator shows, slavery and the archaeology of Pompeii. We consider original Roman source material and pose questions about how we know about the Romans; this is a basis for the theory of knowledge, an important component of the IB. Students also meet Roman myths and literature – inspiring stories and a foundation for the study of English literature.  

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