Language Policy

What we believe:

·      We respect the various languages and dialects of the Lomond community and believe they enhance the learning environment.

·       Language and dialect are part of a student’s identity.

·      A student proficient in language is able to participate as a member of the community.

·      The school community is a language-rich environment and all teachers are language instructors.

·      Language is a tool of communication to make sense of the world.

·      We foster a love of literature, language, culture and the arts.

Language Profile:

·      The primary language of instruction at Lomond Elementary is English.

·      Mandarin is the second language taught.

·      Language learning takes place in authentic contexts across the curriculum.

·      Instruction is aligned to Ohio state standards and International Baccalaureate Units of Inquiry.

·      The curriculum is literature-based.

·      Differentiated instruction is used to meet the needs of all learners.

Mother Tongue:

·      Lomond is developing its library resources for mother tongue support.

·      Lomond provides classroom support of students’ first language and culture.

·      Families share their languages and cultures in the school.

·      A teacher provides academic and language support for students who are learning English as a second language.

Additional Languages:

·      Grades 1-4 participate in Mandarin instruction for 60 minutes a week with a qualified Mandarin instructor.

·      Chinese culture, language and customs are integrated across the curriculum.

Annual Review:

·      The Language Policy will be reviewed annually in the spring with the entire staff.

·      Annually, by the end of September, a member of the Building Leadership Team will inform new staff members of the Language Policy.  

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