In a multicultural society such as Dubai and a school environment that is as diverse as that of RIS, there is a tendency for children to forget their mother tongue as they do not find enough opportunity to use it, other than with their parents. Parents often get concerned that their children are losing touch with their roots and may not carry forward their native culture and tradition. To ensure that there is continuity with the mother tongue language, RIS, in partnership with parents, has come up with the Mother Tongue Language Programme. It comprises a series of community-run language courses offered at RIS to native-speakers of other languages. This programme also encourages parents to participate in their children's academic programme through home activities and classroom involvement.
Parents are encouraged to participate in learning engagements that support and promote the continuity of mother tongue through inquiry, reading and sharing information with the class. The RIS library supports the programme by ensuring that our content and media collection is representative of our community and the languages spoken.
Presently we have four mother tongue languages on offer after school: French, Spanish, Mandarin and Russian.