There are more than 8000 international schools across the world. The 4 million pupils/students at international schools have many different nationalities. Many pupils/students have parents who work in a country for some years and then move on. In most international schools, English is the language of communication. Often, classes include local pupils / students who want to learn English and prepare for international higher education. Teaching in an international school entails working with young people of different nationalities and often different cultural backgrounds. The programme prepares you to recognise the differences and to actually make use of them.
Outside the school
Besides the different cultures and nationalities in the school, you will also have to deal with differences outside the classroom: For example, you will consult with the children’s parents, make sure that new students settle quickly into their new classes and prepare them for going to new countries.
Work with and in international society. You will
- help build and reinforce a sense of identity and cultural awareness.
- teach children to be globally responsible in their role as global citizens.
- promote mobility and co-operation.
- work with the local community, parents, institutions and groups.
At bilingual schools some classes are taught in a local or national language and others in a second language (usually English). ITELS students are well-equipped to teach in bilingual schools.