ISberne is known for it’s programs that contribute to the local community. This video segment features Ulli Warren and Theresa Buehlmann, who teach English, on Wednesday afternoons at ISBerne, to students who already possess a level of spoken English but are enroled in the local swiss school system.
If you are interested in enroling in the Community English Programme, see our school website for more information:
All too often the success of additional language learning is viewed as a subject area where the end product is the successful completion of a test. The reality is, that traditional academic study can not truly prepare you for the challenges of actually having to use the language, or as educators would say, “learning through the language”.
As I recently carried out a professional appraisal of one of our French teachers, I started to realize the importance of applying the French vocabulary the students had learnt. The scenario involved the students designing their own house. The had memorised the vocabulary associated with their house design (ie: fenêtres, portes , balcon for windows, doors and balcony) and then were requested to draw a plan of their house, all the while engaging with the teacher in conversation about the house; how many rooms the house needed, whether the rooftop would be flat etc., and all in French. For the students, the challenge lay not in creating the house (their designs were amazing!), but in how they engaged with the teacher in French about the design of ma maison.
The lesson for me as a language learner is no different than for our students. How often do I actually apply the German that I am learning in my everyday life here in Switzerland? If the example I observed here at school is anything to go by, the course I am doing will mean nothing unless I actually get to use my German.
Don’t forget, this coming week is Francophone week across the globe!
Noah Lofthouse, a 5th grade student at ISBerne, researched electric cars for his end-of-year exhibition. In this video segment, he is interviewed by Ms. Deirdre Coghlan, Communication Coordinator at ISBerne.
This video was self produced by Aidan, a Grade 5 student at ISBerne. It was part of a large school project based on the theme, Sharing the Planet and Its Limited Resources. Aidan chose to explore equal access to education and to focus specifically on Education and Autism. He was tasked with putting together a video to help educate teachers.
These are his ideas and his words, and he says it all, quite eloquently and succinctly.
Great job Aidan!
A quick update on the ISBerne International Baccalaureate Programme
The IB Diploma Programme includes the development of a personal commitment to life-long global citizenship. At ISBerne, all students, IB and non-IB, are required to complete the Service element of CAS (Creativity, Action, and Service) in order to receive a diploma. Rather than looking at global service as an abstract academic discussion, the CAS Programme at ISBerne provides actual field experience in working with local projects in remote locations. In my long experience with NGOs, I’ve found that there are 2 kinds of people working there: those who sit in offices and discuss socio-economic problems in the theoretical…and those who go out and work in the field with the heat and bugs. 🙂
In this segment, students recount the experience of working at a school in Morocco.
One of the things that I’ve often seen in my travels for NGOs in the developing world is children not being able to attend the local schools because the family can’t provide food for the child during the school day. Many people in the industrialized nations don’t realize that this is a major factor in the lack of education in impoverished communities. Mary’s Meals provides food on the school premises in areas where hunger prevents children from getting an education. As part of the IB tenet of global citizenship, ISBerne students and faculty are involved in a variety of global service projects. As someone who has seen poverty and the lack of access to basic education up close and on an international scale, I applaud the many efforts at ISBerne to better the human condition.
Santa Claus made a surprise visit to ISBerne on Friday 6 December, with a few helpers in tow. He and his team went around to all the classes, including secondary school where he barged into classes and actually tossed treats at the kids, much to the surprise of the students! In the Elementary he sat and chatted with the kids. asking questions about what they were currently learning in school. (Energy sources and nutrition seemed to be the common theme) He was charmingly serenaded by many classes with their newly learned Christmas carols and holiday songs. Before departing, he passed out goodie bags to all the children, filled with clementine oranges donated by parents, chocolate, donated by Nestl´e and traditional spice cookies of Switzerland purchased by the PTC. It was a great way to start off the month of December!
ISBerne’s International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP), for students aged 3-11, sets the foundation for a positive attitude toward learning by developing a child’s natural inquisitiveness and introducing to them an international curriculum & perspective at an early age. In this ISBerne captured moment, we get a sense of the enriching environment at the ELC.