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The Institut International de Lancy (IIL) is extending its existing curricula with the launch of a new syllabus for the 2017/2018 academic year which will provide fully bilingual instruction in English and French by immersion.

In order to meet the increasing demand for language skills from an early age, the bilingual class will open in September 2017 to children from 3 years old, with a full-time teacher for each language. This new concept, reinforced through the use of efficient teaching tools, will allow children to access the English and French curricula within the school, thus giving them the full benefits of a sound international education.

Outlining the new programme to knowitall.ch, IIL Director General, Norbert Foerster, who is also the President of the Swiss Federation of Private Schools, said, "In this age of globalisation and advancement of information technologies, multilingualism is a key asset for future adults, throughout the world. Whilst the acquisition of several languages from an early age has a positive influence on cognitive growth, it also broadens a child’s perception and leads to a greater understanding of society and foreign cultures."

Two first languages
The English-French bilingual class for 3 year olds represents an ambitious educational approach, which complements the Institut International de Lancy curriculum. It promotes the development and acquisition of language skills at native level in both English and French.

The new programme provides a comprehensive approach to language teaching encompassing emotive and cultural aspects, as well as the individual learning needs of each child. Through immersion, daily routines for the children will become fully bilingual, paving the way to personal and social fulfilment.

From the start of the 2017/2018 academic year, the new bilingual class will be organised as follows:

  • Teaching is carried out in tandem by two teachers, one French mother-tongue, one English mother-tongue;
  • Spoken and written instruction is geared to the principles of the French National Education curriculum and the National Curriculum of England;
  • Lessons in Art and creativity, soft skills, and P.E. will be given in equal measure by the two teachers;
  • Technological tools are used as a support to teaching in the classroom;
  • The level of education provided will ensure that students have access equally to IIL English and French sections.

About IIL
The Institut International de Lancy (IIL) opened its doors in 1903 under the name Pensionnat Marie-Thérèse in Grand-Lancy. Today, over 1500 students from 3 to 19, attend the school. The Institut International de Lancy offers programmes in its English and French sections, preparing students for the International Baccalaureate (IB) and French Baccalaureate (ES, L, S). With a regular achievement rate of 100%, IIL is one of the top international schools in Switzerland.

Institut International de Lancy
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