GWA Language Institute

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

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 will commence in September 2018-19 with two distinct programmes - more to follow in subsequent years.


Mother Tongue Programmes for Grades 1-4 (with progression to Grade 5 in further years).

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

Mother Tongue Programme

Up to 12 mother tongue languages (depending upon enrolment) in 2018-19 in Grades 1-4 within the teaching timetable

The programme will be coordinated by Micheline Chaia, 

Initially offer French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, German, Turkish, Russian, Urdu, Hindi, Mandarin, Swedish.


The Early Years Language Acquisition Programme

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.

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