Bilingualism: A cornerstone of an IES education

Bilingualism: A cornerstone of an IES education

In an increasingly global world, we can all agree that command of English is important and that it is also crucial that our students master Swedish. This is why we run bilingual schools.

We are passionate about language learning and know that the benefits of bilingual education provide our students with so much more than the ability to thrive in a global society. Research shows that bilingualism improves cognitive abilities such as working memory and the ability to focus and reason.

A research study on bilingualism by Naja Ramirez and Patricia Kuhl in 2017 showed that bilingual children perform as well or even better than those who only use their mother tongue. However, it is best to learn two languages ​​at an early age and through interaction with people, rather than through television and other media.

In order to run high-quality bilingual schools, we employ excellent teachers who fully master the language they are teaching in, whether that is English or Swedish. Regardless of the subject, these teachers use concepts and keywords in both languages. Being bilingual is about mastering each language, ​​without this happening at the expense of the other language.

At Internationella Engelska Skolan, we succeed in this mission. If you look at the national tests and compare the student's development over time, known as value-added, you can see that students at IES perform better and above expectations in Swedish, English and mathematics when compared with both municipal and independent schools.

Success is achieved by starting early, having excellent teachers, a clear pedagogical idea, and a leadership that ensures an environment where students can learn.

Annakarin Johansson Sandman
Head of Academics at Internationella Engelska Skolan