There is a national drive to promote the English Language. To this effect we promote the correct use of both English and Maltese.
We feel that it is of utmost importance to add that whilst we will work hard at improving the English Language segment of the curriculum, we will ensure that the Maltese component is given its due importance. The administration and staff at Luqa Primary School all agree that pupils should be fluent in both written and spoken Maltese. Whilst acknowledging the importance of the mastery of English, we believe it is unacceptable for Maltese pupils not to be highly articulate in their own mother tongue.
When considering the pedagogical implications of our linguistic credo, we believe that it would be grossly incorrect to sacrifice understanding for language. As a Primary School we are strongly concerned with the transmission and consolidation of basic concepts and skills, which at this particular point in time are of greater importance to our pupils than the language they are imparted in.
The vast majority of our pupils are bilingual and bilingualism is after all, considered to be a definite advantage in life. As educators we would do well to avail ourselves of this natural phenomenon bestowed on our pupils by using both languages to their own advantage.
We use both languages correctly as a means to developing various strategies by which to approach as many aspects of the curriculum as is possible. Language is not simply one aspect of our curriculum. It is the way by which we make sense of the learning process in order to communicate all we have learnt to all those around us.