We promote the dissemination of a bilingual education program that guarantees high standards of proficiency in a second language by implementing a curriculum with a bicultural approach which enables the development of true global citizenship. We always aim to design, implement and evaluate actions and strategies that promote a bilingual environment within the institutional context.
About our bilingual Program:
The guidelines of our bilingual curriculum are stablished under the Content-Based Instruction approach. We implement a bilingual curriculum through a teaching method that not only allows students to develop communication skills, but also facilitates the ability to deal with academic texts and acquire technical vocabulary of content subjects such as Math, Science, Social Studies and Technology.
Our bilingual program is designed to teach English as a second language with a strong emphasis on literature and language arts such as reading comprehension skills, vocabulary acquistion and critical thinking development.
As far as Math is concerned, we implement the Singapore teaching method, which widely focuses on mastery through intentional sequency of concepts.
"Reading" is the foundation of our bilingual curriculum:
The vehicle we take for students to learn English is reading. Our bilingual curriculum is structured in such a way that it aims to develop literacy skills in that language and learn it from a phonological awareness, which makes the process as natural as possible. So, it's a literacy process in English, since aspects such as the teaching of phonics are put into practice from early grades. Due to the fact that our students are constantly exposed to readings in our bilingual program, they achieve high levels of critical thinking.
We have a highly qualified teaching staff. All graduates in foreign languages and with internationally certified English level. Additionally, they are certified teachers in preparing proficiency tests and CLIL methodology, which is precisely the teaching of content in a foreign language. Our teachers identify the students' needs and through a monitoring plan that offers personalized attention to those students with language difficulties, we support them so that they can level up and have optimal results from their process.
About international proficiency exams:
We measure our students' level with international proficiency tests. Within our bilingual education program, students are evaluated in some grades to guarantee that the measures and levels are being reached. Therefore, we have strategic alliances such as the University of Cambridge and its department of English Assessment and IELTS, which is the most internationally recognized and accepted certification exam. The latter is taken by 11th grade students to support their title as a bilingual seniors.
Our elementary students take the Cambridge Young Learners tests. These are exams with a format designed exclusively for children and that measure their skills at the initial levels of English according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: A1 and A2.
These are the international test we take:
3° Cambridge A1 Movers
5° Cambridge A2 Flyers
9° Cambridge B1 Preliminary
11° IELTS Academic
The exercise of interculturality is of vital importance in the implementation of the bilingual education program. For this reason, during the school year, we carry out activities that promote knowledge, respect, and appreciation of cultural diversity as students get the chance to interact with different contexts and realities, thus favoring inclusiveness in all social, academic, and coexistence processes within the school environment. Such activities are:
Our students get to be a part of an academic experience in an English-speaking country once a year as part of the strategies proposed for them to improve their communication skills as they aim for an international diploma as soon as they finish high school at our school.
We are currently taking our students to full integration programs in Windsor, Ontario (Canada).