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December / Diciembre 3, 2020
Learning English at school

Learning English at school

Our students practise English in real context from 2 years old to Baccalaureate. We want our students to develop an international mind and discover new cultures while learning languages. For this purpose, we teach our students the English spoken in real life, so they learn as natives do, in real situations.  

 

Children learn English in a dynamic and playful way in Kindergarten. They learn expressions and vocabulary and they imitate pronunciation singing songs and working with worksheets. Students also learn phonetics using books, online exercises, materials created by our English teachers, and the Jolly Phonics method: a natural learning process of the letters and their sounds in English. 
 
 

Resources for English classes

Other resources used in Kindergarten are alphablocs or memories, as well as Smart board games. For oral comprehension we work daily with questions and easy expressions, for example: What’s the weather like today? or How are you?  
 
 
 
They also learn about colours, shapes and emotions, seasons and the days of the week. They recognise the graphical symbol of numbers and learn to count. 
 
 
 
During English classes, we work with units of inquiry using key concepts. International Baccalaureate helps students to develop the learner profile attributes.     
 
 
 
From Primary Education onwards, students work in small groups and with differentiated instruction. As a result, they work on the oral expression and fluency as good communicators.    
 
 
 
Primary, Middle School and Baccalaureate students carry out projects about different topics, so that they get immerse into British and American culture: Thanksgiving, Halloween, the highest buildings around the world, Human Rights Day, celebrations in different parts of the world, etc. 
 
 
 
In addition to this, 5th graders have the opportunity to join an Exchange Programme with students in the United States, which makes them develop an international mind. They study for two months in Zarrow International American School. Three years later, in 8th grade they have an Exchange Programme in Virgin Islands, where they live six weeks of linguistic and cultural immersion.  

 

Official English exams

However, is the English we learn at school enough? When students are in 2nd Baccalaureate, they can increase their hours of English classes in the field of Humanities and Social Sciences as an optional class. Thanks to the English classes given every day from 2 y.o., they take Cambridge exams and they are able to get the Advanced level. Some students pass it at the end of 10th grade.  
 

 

Start learning English from a fresh start

Why is learning English so important at school? Our students start when they are 2 years old without any knowledge. And when they finish Baccalaureate the know how to get on real situations. As a result, learning English from an early stage helps them. If we provide them with good resources during the first school years they will learn faster as this is period turns to be the most effective for their cognitive and social development.  
 
 
 

Benefits of learning English

 
  • Develop an international mind. Learning a new language opens your mind, as you will discover other cultures. You will also see the world from a different point of view.
     
  • It widens opportunities in the future. Students who speak English will be able to access to any university around the world. 


 

  • Travelling will be easier. Communicating with people from other countries will be easier if you have a good command of the language, which will allow them to discover other cultures. 
     
  • It improves concentration and you can solve problems easily. When you speak a second language, the most difficult is to think as if it was your mother tongue, therefore learning languages improves concentration and self-confidence. This will help our students in the future.