Language is fundamental to learning and permeates the entire PYP curriculum. By learning about language, and learning through language, we develop an appreciation of the richness of language and a love of literature. Language is also a key factor in the development of international understanding and, as such, has a major role in a PYP classroom. The PYP classroom values and supports the mother tongue and the language of instruction and provides access to other languages. Language is the major connecting element across the curriculum.
The PYP classroom extends beyond the classroom walls, with close connections to other classrooms for peer reading activities shared book making and interviews. The teacher plans in collaboration with other classroom teachers and specialists. ESL and foreign language teachers play an important role in reinforcing, supporting and extending the classroom work. Language is also a major connection between home and school. In the PYP classroom cooperative activities optimize development of all the languages.
There is also a connection with the wider community. The host country's language and literature receives special status, helping everyone to appreciate the culture of the host country.