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Why Learning a Second Language Is Important for International Baccalaureate Students

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If you are currently enrolled or thinking about enrolling in an International Baccalaureate program such as ours, it’s important to understand that learning a second language could be part of your curriculum. In today’s blog from St. Cecelia Catholic School, we will explain why.

Related Post: Is the International Baccalaureate Curriculum Difficult? 

The IB Program 

Students pursuing an IB diploma will be required to take a great deal of additional classwork than a traditional classroom. This will require more of a student, including strong organizational skills, self-discipline, and commitment. 

At St. Cecelia Catholic School, the IB program focuses on the whole child- academic challenges, life skills, and critical thinking. Eight subjects make up the framework of the program. 

They include: 

  • Language and Literature (English)
  • Language Acquisition (Spanish)
  • Individuals and Societies (Religion and Social Studies)
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Arts (Art and Music)
  • Physical Education and Health
  • Design (Technology)

Accompanying this approach are three fundamental concepts that offer students International and cultural perspectives. 

  • Communication. Valuing language acquisition in at least two languages.
  • Holistic learning. Finding the connections across and within the subjects and grade levels. 
  • Intercultural Awareness. A growing understanding of a student’s own culture and an understanding and appreciation of other cultures.

Why a Second Language 

Studies show that children who learn a second language are tremendous in their total development and growth. 

Cognitive Development. Children exposed to at least one additional language from their mother tongue experience a deeper connection to the world around them and beyond. They have a stronger sense of other cultures and exhibit empathy and understanding for them. 

Brain development and Metal Agility. Learning a second language is impactful for a growing brain. The introduction of a second language increases problem-solving skills, critical thinking, multitasking, and improving memory and concentration. They are also often more creative.

Academic Success. Because of their enhanced brain development, bilingual children have higher math, reading, and writing skills. They have been shown to score higher on standardized tests. 

Students who learn two or more languages are more well-rounded individuals. We believe this prepares them for a successful future both in college and in their career. 

The IB Program at St. Cecelia Catholic School

If you’re interested in the International Baccalaureate program at St. Cecelia Interparochial Catholic School, feel free to reach out to us for more information.. Contact St. Cecelia online or call (727) 461-1200 if you have any questions.

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