Language Institute

Welcome to the Language Institute - Mother Tongue and Language Acquisition Programme

The IB is the DNA of GWA. Intercultural understanding involves recognizing and reflecting on one’s own perspective, as well as the perspectives of others. In our own highly diverse international community the learning of, not only another language, but the preservation and understanding of one’s mother tongue is critical.

 The Institute launched in September 2018-19 with two distinct programmes - there will be more to follow in subsequent years. 

Mother Tongue Programme for Grades 1-5

We are offering 13 mother tongue languages (subject to enrolment numbers) in 2018-19 in Grades 1-5 within the teaching timetable, as part of the school curriculum.

Initially we are offering French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, German, Turkish, Russian, Urdu, Hindi, Mandarin, Swedish and Korean and Chinese.

The Early Years Language Acquisition Programme for PreK, KG1 and KG2

Pre-K, KG1 and KG2 students will have the opportunity to take French or Arabic as a Language B (second language).

Lessons will be twice a week during the times of 1.30 to 2.30pm. Incorporated in the extended day for PreK and KG1.

The language institute is coordinated by Micheline Chaia, m.chaia_gwa@gemsedu.com 

After School Activities (Paid) will be an addition to the programme. Cost is AED60 per session. (AED3600 per annum).