Whitby School is thrilled to begin this school year offering mother tongue classes for native speakers of Spanish, German, Russian, Chinese, Swedish, and now French, for students in Primary 2 to Grade 4. Maintaining and developing language skills in the native language can accelerate the acquisition of English and increase academic achievement across the curriculum. It also enhances self-esteem and promotes international-mindedness. In these classes, students will engage in their mother tongue through hands-on and fun activities. They will also explore cultural aspects of countries where this language is spoken.
Classes are facilitated by native speakers. Whitby children are eligible for these classes if they are a native speaker or have competencies in that language similar to that of a native speaker.