We think English is a wonderful language and we love teaching it. It is also a very important language. Of course it is spoken in the United Kingdom, the USA, India, Australia and a lot of other countries. But it is often used as the lingua franca (voertaal) in business and politics as well. When people don’t share the same language, they use English.
You can use English to understand the lyrics of a song, to watch television or a movie without reading the subtitles, to read books, to search the internet, to get in touch with other children and other cultures, to make yourself understood on holidays and to tell tourists the way. And when you go and study after secondary school, you will find that a lot of study books will even be in English as well. The Netherlands are just a small country and other people don’t speak Dutch so it is important for Dutch people to be good at English. English is a vibrant language that opens the world to you.

We have made a careful selection of books and methods to help you learn English. If you are a student at this school you will also get a password for all the digital news, information, hand-outs and planners of the English teachers on www.itslearning.com . Of course you already know how to read and speak some English after primary school. We offer extra classes for students who have problems with English in their first year at school so don’t worry if others are better than you at first. In five or six years’ time you will be very good indeed. In your exam year you will show off your skills and speak English for 36 hours on our handbag trip to London! Try to read the poem below; it describes how good it feels to learn a language.

Learning a Language

Learning a language
is like doing a jigsaw puzzle
of a million pieces
with a picture that keeps changing.
It's like getting lost in a foreign city
without a map.
It's like playing tennis without a ball,
like being an ant in a field of grasshoppers.
It's being an acrobat with a broken leg,
an actor without a script,
a carpenter without a saw,
a storyteller without middle or an end.

But then gradually
it’s like being out in the early morning
with the mists lifting.
It’s like a chink of light under a door,
like finding the glove you were looking for,
catching the train you thought you were going to miss,
getting an unlooked-for present,
exchanging a smile.

And then one day it’s like riding a bicycle
very fast downhill

Olivia McMahon