LANGUAGE AT BASIS BEGINNERS PRAGUE
The language of BASIS Beginners Prague is English. We are ready to accept students for whom Czech or English is a native language, but also those for whom neither Czech nor English is the native language.
The method used at BASIS Beginners Prague, and then in BASIS International School Prague, is often referred to as Full Immersion. This method is successfully implemented in all BASIS International Schools. Students will be taught in the English language at first almost exclusively. Thereafter, starting at age 5–6, students can choose to gradually add Czech, German, French, Mandarin, or Spanish. In the initial years before our schools reach their full size, the choice of language might be limited to Czech and a minimum of one additional language, based on the prevailing interests of our students and parents. Students who are interested in obtaining a diploma that is recognized by the Czech government and Czech citizens will be required to take Czech Language.
The multi-cultural and multi-national nature of the BASIS Beginners Prague school community brings specific challenges. While our program recognizes the global nature of the world for which we’re preparing our students, in the early years the program is quite focused. Because our goal is full English immersion, and since the curriculum is based on our American model, we focus on English language, and English and American literature, history, and culture. On the other hand, since our school is located in Prague, the standard curriculum will be built up to make sure that students benefit from their environment, which is rich with intriguing history and culture.
All administrative staff and Early Education Teachers are fluent in both English and Czech, and the Early Education Specialists is native English speakers without any Czech knowledge.