Why Won’t My Child Speak My Language?

October 8th, 2015

Often when parents arrive at ISM, their biggest concern is how to get their child to communicate in English as quickly as possible. After a year or so, when their child is speaking English and has become more comfortable learning in English, the question changes dramatically. ” How can I get my child to keep speaking my language?” is the bigger issue for many parents.

I’d like to direct parents with this concern to a fabulous website called Multilingual Living. In particular, this article: Top 10 Reasons by Corey really summarises the main reasons that children will stop using a language.

Once we understand why this happens, we are much more able to address the problem. I hope this helps!

Kindergarten Literacy Parent Session

October 8th, 2015

Thanks you to all Kindergarten parents who attended our Literacy Parent Coffee session on Wednesday 7 October. Thank you to Charro for sharing the Mother Tongue Handout with us.


Seven Models of Co-Teaching

September 3rd, 2015

Team Support Station Peer Parallel Complementary Alternative

The ESL Team made visuals for each of our seven co-teaching models. Effective use of these models promotes a model of inclusion (inclusive education). A model of inclusion means that ELL’s (English Language Learners) are supported in their classroom. ELL’s engage in the same learning experiences as their peers, with careful and deliberate scaffolding and support. If you would like to talk more about these models, please email EglingtonA@ismanila.org Have a lovely evening!


Welcome to SY 2015-16

August 31st, 2015

Back (L-R) Jen Zulberti (Gr.2), Em Destura (Gr. 2), Amanda Phillips (Gr.3), Mayu Suzuki (Gr. 1) Graham Laing (Gr.1) Front (L-R) Charro Gonzalez (Kindy), Camille Obligacion (Gr.3), Anissa Eglington (Gr.4), Camille Junsay (Gr.4)

Back (L-R) Jen Zulberti (Gr.2), Em Destura (Gr. 2), Amanda Phillips (Gr.3), Mayu Suzuki (Gr. 1) Graham Laing (Gr.1)
Front (L-R) Charro Gonzalez (Kindy), Camille Obligacion (Gr.3), Anissa Eglington (Gr.4), Camille Junsay (Gr.4)

Our First Parent Coffee

August 27th, 2014



Please save the date and join us for our first parent coffee of the 2014-15 school year.
WHEN: Friday 29 August 2014 1-2pm
NB: 1pm start (not 1:30pm as written on our school calendar)
WHERE: ES CMC (Children’s Media Center)
WHY? To meet other parents and discuss what makes a successful ESL program. 
Hope to see you there!
Kind regards,

Benefits of maintaining a child’s first language:

  • Your child’s knowledge, concepts and vocabulary already developed in the first language assist in the learning of English as a Second Language.
  • The development of flexibility in their thinking processes allows for a deeper understanding of how different languages work in communicating ideas.
  • It helps the child maintain and understand differences in various family and community cultural practices.                                                                                                     

What can you do to help your child succeed in ESL?

  • Continue to use your own language at home, and encourage your child to speak and write in their first language. Children cannot master a second language unless their first language is well developed.
  • Read with your child in your own language. If you model enjoyment of reading, your child will enjoy it also. Love of reading and literacy in the first language foster learning, success, and literacy in the second language.
  • Continue to promote the importance of the child’s first language and appreciation of their cultural heritage.

Welcome to School Year 2014-15!

August 27th, 2014


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Dear Families,

We look forward to our positive partnerships this year!

The ESL Department actively promotes bilingualism – and in order to be truly bilingual your first language, or mother tongue, must be valued and nurtured.

We believe:

* Well-developed proficiency in the first language is a positive advantage in learning English as a second language.

* Engagement with a second or additional language provides learners with concrete cognitive and metalinguistic benefits.

* It is essential to maintain and develop the first language for the maintenance of family, peer and community relationships (social identities) and for  continued cognitive development and growth in self esteem and identity.

Please talk to us about our stance on bilingualism (two languages) and  multilingualism (multiple languages).

Kind regards,

The ESL Team


International Mother Language Day

February 19th, 2014


International Mother Language Day is held annually on 21 February worldwide to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. It was first announced by UNESCO on 17 November 1999. Its observance was also formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution establishing 2008 as the International Year of Languages. International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since 2000 February to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.

“Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage. All moves to promote the dissemination of mother tongues will serve not only to encourage linguistic diversity and multilingual education but also to develop fuller awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world and to inspire solidarity based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue”.                             — from the United Nations International Mother Language Day

PARENTS – WE NEED YOU! Please share a mother tongue experience with us to celebrate International Mother Language Day.  A few examples of a mother tongue experiences are;

  • Read a story in your mother tongue and have your child translate it into English with you
  • Teach the class a song/game in your first language
  • Share artifacts/food/musical instruments with the class.

Your child is encouraged to plan the experience with you so that it is meaningful for you both. Please email your child’s teacher if you would like to share your language and culture with us and we will schedule a time.

Sports Day 2014!

February 19th, 2014
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A massive thank you to our wonderful ISM community for making sports day the amazing event that it is!

Dr. Gini Rojas Visits ISM

December 4th, 2013

Kindergarten Inclusion

December 3rd, 2013

The Kindergarten ESL program supports language learning through a model of full inclusion. This means, Miss Anissa spends one day a week in each of the five Kindergarten classrooms.
Monday = Miss Krista, Miss Maite and the Dolphin Class
Tuesday = Miss Nat, Miss Ashleigh and the Swinging Monkey class
Wednesday = Miss Kristie, Miss Patrice and the Kitty Cat class
Thursday = Miss Joanne, Miss Phoebe and the Ultimate Speeder class
Friday = Miss Zehra, Miss Leah and the Golden Lion class
Please enjoy the Comic Life documentation. It shows the meaningful ways in which we support language learning:)