More than half of the world’s population is bilingual to some extent, speaking more than one language is therefore the norm rather than the exception.
People tend to think that bilingualism is simply the ability to speak two languages.
That is certainly part of the picture, however, at OIS bilingualism also incorporates the ability to read and write and think in both languages, as well as have a sound understanding and appreciation of the cultures of both countries.
Each year group has English and Italian mother tongue class teachers. This combination allows the students to benefit from two different teaching systems, accelerating their progression and broadening their learning experience.
Learning a second language provides several advantages, not only for the individual, but for society itself.
Self-esteem, flexibility and adaptability, confidence in social relations and better interpersonal skills
Wider communication within the community, international links, employment, literacy in two languages
Broader cultural understanding and multicultural sensitivity, “two worlds of linguistic experience”, greater tolerance and social harmony