Colegio Europeo Almazán considers it a must that our students, upon completion of their studies, possess a sound language training that enables them to master the English language, and be perfectly fluent in it, as well as providing them with a good base in French.
A) English language learning
Our students start learning English when they are two years of age, in pre-school. At the beginning of the Second cycle they have two periods of English per day. We realize that in the same way our children have learnt their own mother tongue, without being able yet to read or write and, of course, without studying it, children at this age, are at the ideal stage to embark in the learning of a second language.
Logically, such learning must be based on games and songs as essential methodology tools, as well as on the teaching of the language by specialized bilingual speakers who are conversant with these methods. More than half of the school’s day is in English, thus Science, Arts and Crafts and P. E are taught in English, on top of the hours already allocated to ESL.
Lessons are given by bilingual teachers, who use English as the only language of instruction.
From Year 3, a section of the syllabus is used to study English grammar.
The methodology continues to be active, by carrying out different activities in English. The aim is that our students complete their Year 6 with excellent oral skills, to link to our Secondary Project.
From Year 7 in Secondary education and Baccalaureate, our students learn French as a second language. Since the French workload is not similar to the English one, the aim is for them is to achieve an intermediate level that allows students to get by in day-to-day situations, in French speaking countries and set the framework for further learning experiences.
At the end of their Primary education students should have passed the KET and PET exams.
In Secondary education and Baccalaureate the course is divided into two homogeneous groups: an upper-intermediate and an advanced level. This way, teachers can work more in-depth with a reduced number of students. The goal is for students to prepare and sit for the Cambridge University exams, either First or Advanced Certificate, according to their language competence level.
These internationally well-known certificates mean added value to our students’ future.
B) French language learning