The Codrington School - The International School of Barbados

The Codrington School, like the International Baccalaureate (IB), feel that the study of a world language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for students. The comparisons and connections that students make through the exploration of another language help them develop their literacy and communication skills. As the IB put it,

“The ability to communicate in a variety of modes in more than one language is essential to the International Baccalaureate (IB) concept of an international education that promotes intercultural perspectives. English, French and Spanish are the IB’s working languages, in which the organization communicates with schools and other stakeholders, and in which full support is given to school administrators and teachers.” (Language and Learning in IB Programmes, published Sept 11)

The main emphasis of the modern language courses at The Codrington School is on the acquisition and use of language in a range of contexts and for different purposes while, at the same time, promoting an understanding of another culture; a way of thinking and a perspective on the world through the study of its language. The appreciates that learning additional languages greatly contributes to the holistic development of students and to the strengthening of lifelong learning skills. Language is central to learning, as well as providing the students with the necessary multiliteracy skills and attitudes to be interculturally competent, enabling them to communicate successfully in the global contexts of the 21st century.

However, learning a second language is not, and should not, be all about learning a set of grammar rules. The study of world languages is a process that requires regular and autonomous practice within four main areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing. In order to make good progress and enjoy the experience of acquiring another language, students need to challenge themselves and demonstrate the following qualities: risk-taking, tolerance to error, self-evaluation, and peer-evaluation.

Languages, by school section, offered at The Codrington school are;


Spanish Language classes from PYP 5


French language classes from MYP 1-5
Spanish language classes from MYP 1-5


Spanish B (HL and SL)
Spanish Ab Initio (SL)
A1 Spanish (self Taught) French B (HL and SL)
French B 


Language Policy


Language Policy