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Our English programme

Perfect pronunciation from native and bilingual teachers

We implement a bilingual programme in which children enjoy English from toddlers in the most natural and intuitive way. In order to achieve this objective, we structure our English project in 4 different axis:

All of our project activities are conducted in either English or Spanish (no translations – they only communicate in English during English classes). Therefore 50% of all classes are conducted in English.

We use an English literacy methodology based in Synthetic Phonics (recommended by the British Department of Education) by which children learn English naturally by assimilating the 42 English sounds. Students will have a minimum of 3 synthetic phonics sessions every week.

We believe it is essential that children assimilate the pronunciation in the most appropriate way possible: for this reason, they will constantly work with native British and bilingual teachers (C1 / C2 level equivalent) to enable them to work their modulation and pronunciation of each sound correctly.

In order to allow our children to live English language in the most natural way, it´s crucial to expose them to an English ambiance in which they can enjoy English naturally. Therefore, they will permanently be immersed in a climax in which English language flows spontaneouslly.

How do we structure our English programme

Full English exposition from newborn

Even when they are babies, our students are exposed to English language by means of:

  • Early stimulation with natives.
  • Total Physical Response games.
  • Basic vocabulary.
  • Easy routines (food, diaper change)
1 year old children live English language mainly through play and games:

  • Short & Intense activities, music
  • Total Physical Response games.
  • Basic vocabulary.
  • Easy routines (tidying-up…).
At the age of 2 years old, students start being introduced to scribble and sound perfection:

  • Introduction to Synthetic Phonics.
  • Total Physical Response games.
  • Oral expression skills & Scribble.
  • Intermediate routines & Vocabulary.
3 years old students start with English pre-reading and pre-writing:

  • Play-based psychomotor activities.
  • Arts & Crafts, theatre and role-play.
  • Introduction to Fine Arts.
  • Synthetic Phonics (easy level).
  • Pre-lecture & Pre-writing.
At the age of 4 years old, our students are immersed in the English reading and writing:

  • Play-based psychomotor activities.
  • Arts & Crafts, theatre and role-play.
  • Synthetic Phonics (intermediate level).
  • Lecture & Grammar 1.
5 years old children go through written and read English language:

  • Play-based psychomotor activities.
  • Arts & Crafts, theatre and role-play.
  • Synthetic Phonics (advanced level).
  • Lecture & Grammar 2.
  • Introduction to Onset & Rhymes.

Did you know … ?

Some hints about how do we develop our English programme

  • … According to a study carried out by the Spanish Ministry of Education on more than 30,000 students, Spanish children exposed to English from a bilingual perspective have much better native language skills than monolingual children, even though they attend 40% less Spanish language classes?
  • … The British Department of Education, as part of its recent education system reform, has  established that Systematic Synthetic Phonics is the most suitable method to develop native English from a native perspective?
  • … Our students are used to live English language in the most natural way in any possible circumstance. As an example, during the annual Christmas Performance they play either in Spanish or in English and Chinese… and they trully do a great work!

Our Chinese programme

We want to expose your children to Chinese language & culture in the most natural way

The Chinese language is really beneficial for yourchild’s development: One of our main concerns at an institutional level is to offer our students a lively, stimulating educational project, and allow them to grow both personally and intellectually. As a result of this commitment, we teach Chinese in our nursery schools, both at a curriculum (as an introduction to the language) and extracurricular (and advanced) level.

We want to promote multilingualism to our students, not only to gain proficiency in other languages from a very young age (with the social benefits that this entails), but to promote neuronal stimulation and cognitive development: in this sense, there are numerous studies that demonstrate that speaking more than two languages speaking more than two languages rather than just one improves the children’s intellectual development, memory, and attention, and even their
social skills and ability to relate to others.

In addition to the benefits of multilingualism, the study of Chinese is particularly beneficial. Among other aspects, the tonal character of the Chinese language facilitates child’s intellectual development. Therefore, while latin-influenced Indo-European language speakers(English, Spanish) only use the left hemisphere of the brain (responsible for analytical and problem solving skills…). Studying Chinese particularly stimulates these individuals’ right side of the brain, more connected to the world of music, emotions and senses.

We also believe that is very important for your children to learn about the language and culture of China, a country of great potential. Chinese can be very easy to learn, if learnt from a young age, but can be very difficult to learn when the student is older.

Did you know… ?

Chinese language offers your children much more benefits than you can imagine!

  • … Numerous studies show that the development of the right side of the brain (mainly stimulated by “tonal” languages such as Chinese) has significant implications, facilitating abstract child development, and even promoting compassion, empathy, the ability to detect nonverbal communication cues…?
  • … The “synapse” process (or connections between neurons during child development) is much more intense in children that speak chinese as a second language rather than in other children? This process encourages the development of the new neural networks in multilingual children.  These neural networks do not develop in monolingual children, and that can be used to achieve proficiency of new languages as well as other critical aspects of child development (cognitive, capacity for abstraction …)
  • … Pronunciation in the Spanish language covers a frequency range between 125 and 500 hz? In contrast, the Chinese language covers a frequency range between 125 and 8,000 Hz, which explains why the student should get used to the sound of this language at an early age, as doing so in the future will be very difficult, because of the frequencies of this language’s greatdissimilarity with  those of the Spanish language. Hence the difficulty of learning Chinese for adults!

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