A term which is often used in the context of bilingual education is 'global awareness'. This is indicative of the fact that bilingual education is not a stand-alone theme. The focus is not just on learning a second or third language fluently. It is part of a larger movement. A movement which is geared towards a more international approach and on honing pupils' international skills.
The introduction of bilingual education at the Visserschool means pupils receive classes in English and receive classes in global awareness. These lessons are linked to world orientation themes. Children learn about languages, cultures and countries so that they are optimally prepared to function within the international community.
Preparing for the future
Bilingual education is the ultimate preparation for pupils’ future. It's ideal for the times we live in: more and more courses are being taught in two languages, lots of students study and work as interns abroad and many adults work in foreign countries. And, learning a second language at a young age has definite benefits. A child will learn to speak a language better and will develop a larger vocabulary for that language if it is taught between the ages of 4 and 7 when children are most receptive to language. It helps them do more than just learn English. Pupils that receive bilingual education are better at complex thinking, they have better insight into languages in general, have better social skills and perform better in school.