The Vienna International School is a community of
speakers of many languages. Students bring a diverse experience of language and
culture to the school. The
VIS language policy lays down the principle that all teachers are teachers of
language. Teachers, therefore, base their teaching on the understanding that the
majority of students learn to listen, speak, read
and write in English to equip them for their future learning in, through and
about that language. All aspects of language
are interactive and interrelated and are the basis of learning in all
areas of the curriculum. With a consistent approach to language development,
the students are equipped to learn independently, cooperatively and
collaboratively and are provided with the knowledge, skills and processes to
confront and deal with life's challenges.
Language teaching at the school encompasses various
areas of language learning. This includes English as the medium of instruction,
learning the language of the host country, which is German, as well as
programmes for teaching ESL and mother
tongue support. Students will engage with three strands of language
to develop the following understandings:
Oral Communication (listening + speaking)
conventions of oral language are adapted to suit the purpose and audience.
language is central to learning through inquiry.
language is used to express and explore our imagination.
listening is central to understanding and evaluating what we hear.
Written Communication (reading + writing)
and writing are enjoyable.
is gaining meaning from symbols at a variety of interpretive levels and
for a variety of purposes.
are a variety of purposes for reading, including inquiry based research.
- Being a
writer empowers us to convey meaning and express ourselves.
is a medium,
which assists us in clarifying our own thoughts and can allow us to
express these more clearly.
Visual Communication (viewing + presenting)
technologies are used appropriately to access and communicate information.
construct reality by influencing meaning and producing powerful
associations that influence the way we think and feel.
are understood to encompass a greater range of communication systems than
merely written texts.
is important to the communication of meaning.