AEFE’s plurilingual and pluricultural policy is above all an ethical requirement, so that languages and cultures, recognized with equal dignity, interact in fruitful dialogue. It combines the influence of the French language and culture, the vitality of the languages and cultures of the countries hosting the institution, and the dynamism of the languages of international circulation.
Three ambitious orientations jointly structure the educational language contract shared in the AEFE network :
- the mastery of French as a language, but also as a vector of culture and values ;
- the practice for all of the language and culture of the host country with equal quality of teaching and learning, with equal dignity and consideration given to history and culture ;
- Plurilingual and intercultural education, dynamic and innovative, attesting to the openness of institutions to their international dimension, so as to develop a systematically certified language competence in all pupils, the number and choice of which Could be determined a priori.
In this context, the language policy of the French college Marc Chagall is open and competitive. Open in the sense that it seeks the greatest development of pupils on the basis of their own linguistic abilities, whatever their mother tongue. Open also in the sense that French, language of schooling, is conceived as the first language of exchanges.
Language policy is also competitive in that everything is organized so that a child acquires in the best conditions a level of fluency in French, but also in Hebrew and English which can enable him to continue his education in the educational setting Chosen by his family, in Israel, in France and abroad.
This desire is served by a policy of recruiting native speakers, trained in language teaching for children, and able to transmit both a linguistic heritage and a real cultural knowledge.