In the first cycle of Pre-school, from 0 to 3 years, our students are fully immersed in the English language. We know that this is the most important stage for children to start learning a second language. The brain is already predisposed and ready to learn and take away from all the stimuli they receive from the world around them and, if they are offered complete linguistic immersion, this will create the necessary strategies for effortlessly learning both languages from the outset.
By teaching English at this early stage, our goal is for the language to be acquired naturally, playfully and through stimulation, always based on play and imitation. This makes the child feel completely safe, as it is through play that children boost their own learning.
In the second cycle of Pre-school, from 3 to 5 years, we have two fundamental goals for our future bilinguists:
- Gradual immersion in the bilingual context, with special attention to the attachment and bonds created with their teachers and staff at the school
- Having fun in English by sharing Anglo-Saxon culture through storytelling and nursery rhymes and songs.
Our “Word Up” project: An extra-curricular activity taught by native or proficiency level teachers with international experience that seeks to stimulate spontaneous expression in English through play. This programme promotes and facilitates:
- Appreciation of the social communicative aspects of language
- Spontaneity when speaking the language
- Openness when expressing thoughts and feelings
- The natural acquisition of new words and vocabulary in their day-to-day lives
Besides the “English Literacy” and “Word-up” classes, our students have the chance to learn chess in English from the age of three. With our Chess subject, we help students to use their second language to improve:
- Analysis capacity
LIFELONG TEACHER TRAINING
Lifelong training for the faculty: The school not only allows the faculty to attend training courses but actively encourages, promotes and organises it. Most teachers therefore take part in educational innovation courses to pass on, inspire and get students involved in what they learn.