Our commitment to internationalisation for our students has led us to incorporate various objectives and actions into our educational project as follows:
- A Multilingual Project, as the learning of different languages is an educational objective which stimulates the comprehensive and academic development of our students. This objective has encouraged us to offer bilingualism from Infants and to extend it from Primary Education with French and German.
- Cultural exchange project: a globalised society requires citizens able to manage this globalisation, with language being an indispensable tool to find one’s way around, communicate and learn. This is why we provide our students with exchanges through agreements with other centres and institutions abroad.
- Collaborative projects with other foreign centres: all the above means that there is a greater need for multilingual and multicultural contact that the student needs to be prepared for. All the above means that there is a greater need for multilingual and multicultural contact that the student needs to be prepared for.
- Spanish Immersion programme: the incorporation of foreign students into the school.
Our SPANISH/ENGLISH Bilingual Project, both in Primary and Secondary Education is backed by the BEDA and BEDA KIDS programme and also by the CAM in certain subjects that are taught in English within our own Centre Project.
The Centre attains level III - the Bilingual Excellence Model - of the BEDA programme (resolution of 25 September 2015).
From the first year in Infants, English is started with emphasis placed on language skills. This pathway is begun with the youngest in our educational community (18-20 months) both in the classroom and in our English corner. In Infants II, (from 3-6 years), language immersion is carried out in the routines and daily sessions of English with our Language Assistants and qualified teachers through games, songs and ICT resources.
In Primary Education, students have one hour a week of English, one of which takes place using ICT resources. Furthermore, Science and Arts and Crafts are taught in English as part of the Bilingual Programme.
And in Secondary, apart from English as a subject, students are taught other subjects in English such as Social Science and Physical Education.
The school is an official centre for exams from the University of Cambridge such as ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages), together with providing preparation for exams of other levels such as PET, Movers, Flyers, First and Advanced Certificate.
The school has native Language Assistants for all educational stages. All this makes it possible for students to gain the necessary competence to cope in a world that becomes more globalised each day.
To this end, a third language is offered, French or German from the first year of Primary Education until Baccalaureate during school time and Chinese and Italian for all ages as an extracurricular activity.
Depending on the age of students, proposed goals are worked on through play, which draws the attention of the student and awakens an interest in opening his/her mind towards a new language, a vehicle for many different cultures.
The study of French in Secondary education continues the communication theme of Primary Education, but adapts its methodology to a new phase of learning. So language ability (grammar, vocabulary, phonology etc.) and socio-cultural skills are never an end in themselves but a means of transforming the student into a social being who can move around the globalised society of today’s world. The materials used in Secondary initiate students in the preparation of DEFL exams (Diploma of French Language studies) which are recognised internationally and authorised by the National Education Minister for France.
The school has only just begun to offer German as a subject, being the most spoken European language after Russian. This language is offered together with French, from the first year of Primary Education. We try to kindle interest for the language in our youngest students with songs, games, videos and craftwork. Pia the parrot is there to help them learn.
In the fifth and sixth years of Primary Education, phonetics and grammar are introduced, following the Genial method of the Langenscheidt course. And in Secondary, we start preparation for the Goethe exams.
Together with Asian Languages, this is taught as an extracurricular activity and at various levels. (see Extracurricular Activities)
This is taught as an extracurricular activity and at various levels. (see Extracurricular Activities)
International Exchange Programmes
In order to maximise language immersion, the following are available to students:
- EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGES WITH CANADA in Secondary
- ANNUAL VISITS TO THE USA in Secondary and Baccalaureate,
- LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAMME AND END-OF-YEAR BILINGUAL CAMP in Primary and Secondary Education,
- LONDON WEEK in Secondary Education,
- ANNUAL LANGUAGE FAIR
- ENGLISH AND SPORTS SUMMER CAMP with King’s College International.
Collaborative projects with other foreign centres: E-TWINNING cultural exchange with Finland
Spanish Immersion programme: Spanish language immersion project: the incorporation of foreign students into the school, with different languages and cultures. Spanish language teaching is offered free of charge and during school time in Infants and Primary Education and also in extracurricular activities in Secondary.