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International Languages

Grade 1
International Languages


What your child is learning

Language opens doors to the world. Your child may explore an international language in two ways. Through a bilingual program in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), German, Spanish or Ukrainian, they will learn the chosen language and use it to learn other subjects (half the school day’s instruction is in the chosen language). In a 12-year language and culture program (Italian), they will learn the chosen language and culture as one subject in grades 1 to 12. In either program (bilingual or 12-year language and culture), your child will discover more about the world through another language. For more information, refer to the International Languages programs of study.

How your child is assessed

Your child’s learning is assessed using a variety of tools and strategies within the classroom. Ask your child’s teacher what methods they are using. The different assessment methods tell you and your child’s teacher about your child’s strengths, the areas in which they might grow and how well your child is doing throughout the course. Your child’s teacher can then change or refine their teaching plans to ensure that learning activities better meet the needs of your child. At the end of the course, your child is assessed and their achievement is reported so that you know if they have achieved the expected learning outcomes for their grade.

Resources to help your child

A variety of digital and print resources, developed by publishers, Alberta Education or Alberta teachers, are available to help students learn. Teachers may select, and bring into the classroom, numerous innovative and creative resources to create rich learning experiences for your child. Visit to learn more about the resources your child may encounter.

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