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									Mother Tongue Program
Grade Levels: Grade 2-12
Contact: Mrs. Wilson

DID YOU KNOW? At ISSH we have 50 nationalities that speak 38 languages and 69% of ISSH students
have a mother tongue that is not English! ISSH has a vision that every student from grade 2 – 12 is
empowered to develop her mother tongue to become a fully functioning bi-or multilingual. Starting as
soon as possible, we shall offer after-school classes to students interested in maintaining their first
languages.

What is the mother tongue? It is the language that a parent used with their children when they were
babies. It is the first language that the young child used to communicate with their family members.

Why is it important to maintain the mother tongue?
   •      It’s a part of a child’s culture and roots.
   •      It’s a language the child uses to communicate with family and friends back home.
   •      The mother tongue provides a system for cognitive processing.
   •      It is a language that is often required for reintegration into a national school/university back
          home.
   •      A strong mother tongue helps to develop a strong second language.

In the past 35 years, there have been over 150 studies that prove that:
     •   Bilingual children are the best students
     •   Mother tongue programmes do not prevent children from learning English
     •   The mother tongue is fragile and easily lost, especially in early years of school
 (Based on the work of Jim Cummins, Ontario University)

The suggested content of the MT program:
    •   Read a book in the MT
    •   Do a chosen topic form the academic mainstream, e.g. IPC topics
    •   Must have a reading and writing focus which is developmentally appropriate
    •   Homwork should be negotiated between the tutor and student

ISSH offers:
    •    Its facilities
    •    Coordination of schedule
    •    Help to find qualified tutors who will be paid by parents

Advantages of following an after-school MT program:
   •   Studying a mother tongue at home is really difficult
   •   Students will be part of a group, they will be motivated by the learning atmosphere
   •   It is cheaper than hiring a private tutor

The cost (to be paid by parents): PER STUDENT PER HOUR
    •   A class of one student – 6, 000 yen
    •   A class of two students – 4,000 yen
    •   A class of three students – 3,000 yen
    •   A class of 4 or more students – 2,500 yen

A maximum of 4 students per class. A one-time payment of ¥5,000 per student per semester will be
payable to the tutor to purchase resources to be used with the students. We hope to offer about 10
sessions per semester. If you are interested in signing up for the program, please submit the form below
to Mrs. Wilson: karen.wilson@issh.ac.jp or drop it off at the Lodge.
                          ISSH Mother Tongue program
                     Expression of Interest form

I would like my daughter to have a mother tongue class in:
 _______________________________________________________(language).

Main language spoken at home: ______________________________________



Other languages spoken by the child: __________________________________

My daughter’s name: ______________________________________________

Grade and homeroom: _____________________________________________

Name of parent: __________________________________________________

Contact telephone number of parent: __________________________________

E-mail address of parent: ___________________________________________

State which afternoon would suit you better:
____________________________

Signature of parent: _______________________________________________

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Please return this form to Ms. Wilson (Forms may be handed in at the Lodge) by
September 25, 2009.
                 Mother tongue program guidelines

The role of the Mother Tongue Program Coordinator 

The MTP Coordinator for 2009/10 is Ms Karen Wilson. She can be contacted via email at
karen.wilson@issh.ac.jp

The MTP Coordinator’s role is to:

       Liaise with the school’s Facilities Coordinator to provide a classroom for the MT
       lessons
       Meet with parents to discuss their requirements and to advertise for an appropriately
       skilled and experienced tutor
       Meet with both parents and tutor to organize the structure and content of lessons
       Liaise with mainstream teachers in order to align content of the language lessons with
       content of lessons being taught in the mainstream classroom (eg. A grade 6 French
       student may choose to study a Grade 6 Science topic in French)
       Check that language instructors are keeping a record of attendance


The role of the Facilities Coordinator 

The Facilities Coordinator for 2009/10 is Ms Jean Tai. She can be contacted via email at
jean.tai@issh.ac.jp or through the Lodge at Sacred Heart.

The Facilities Coordinator’s role is to:

       Book a room for each language lesson to be held
       Keep a record of which rooms are being used by a particular group
       Liaise with the MTP Coordinator to ensure that the rooms are being used
       appropriately


Attendance and classroom use 

 
The Instructor’s responsibility:

       Before the first class, please provide Ms Jean Tai (Facilities Coordinator) and Ms
       Karen Wilson (MTP Coordinator) with an up-to-date list (attached) of the students
       involved in the class and emergency contact details for each student.

       Before the start of every lesson, the instruction must sign in/out at the lodge and wear
       a VISITOR tag. The tag must be returned at the end of the lesson each week.

       The teacher in charge of the lessons is responsible for taking a roll at the beginning of
       each class and submitting this to the office or room 311 at the end of each lesson.
      The teacher in charge of the lessons is also responsible for the up-keep of the
      classroom that is being used for instruction. Please ensure that the tables and chairs
      are in the same positions as when the students first entered the room and please ensure
      that all rubbish is put in the bin and the room is left neat and tidy.

      Please contact the school and inform either Ms Jean Tai or Ms Karen Wilson if the
      lesson is to be cancelled or if the day or time of the lesson is to be changed.


The Parents’ Responsibility 

      Please provide the instructor with your contact details so that you may be contacted in
      an emergency

      Please ensure that the instructor is paid promptly and that due notice is given of any
      lesson that your child is unable to attend.
          ISSH Mother Tongue Program 2009-2010
 

Emergency Contact Details 
 
Language Instructor: 



    Name: ……………………………………………………………………………………

    Home phone number:………………………….              Mobile no.: ………………………

    Address (for office use only): ………………………………………………………….

    …………………………………………………………………………………………….

    Language: ………………………… Room no.: ……………………………….

    Day(s): …………………………….. Time of lesson: …………………………

    Date of first lesson: ………………. Date of last lesson:…………………….
    (Semester One)                       (Semester One)



Students:

Name of student/grade/class   Parents’ names         Contact number
         ISSH Mother Tongue Program 2009-2010

Attendance Details 

Please collect from room 311 and return to room 311 at the end of every lesson 


 Name of instructor:….…………………………………………………………………

 Language: ………………………… Room no.: ……………………………….

 Day(s): …………………………….. Time of lesson: …………………………

 Date of first lesson: ………………. Date of last lesson:…………………….
 (Semester One)                (Semester One)


Student attendance sheet:

Name of student/       Date   Date   Date   Date   Date   Date   Date   Date   Date   Date
grade/class

								
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