How does learning languages benefit them?
- Cognitive flexibility to adapt to any circumstance.
In the context of plurilingualism which characterises our international school, learning English as a first foreign language holds a special place. Our pupils get used to the language from their first few years with us, learning to read and write it alongside the official languages. In this case the differences in the English linguistic system are a stimulus rather than an obstacle for pupils in the process of acquisition and learning.
They’ll tell you about it…
“Learning languages opens a gateway to endless possibilities. The benefits of becoming bilingual or multilingual are enormous. Research has suggested that the brain of a multilingual person can have better attention and task-switching capacities than that of a monolingual person. From a social point of view, those who are able to speak different languages not only can communicate with people who have different backgrounds, but they can develop a better understanding of different cultures.”
“At Agora International School Barcelona, a real importance is placed on trilingualism. We have two children aged 6 and 8 who since P3 we decided to educate here for various reasons, one of these being the importance we give to being able to communicate in various languages. From their first day at school they have experienced English language immersion with native tutors, and support in Spanish and Catalan to make sure that the adjustment wasn’t too much. Thanks to this, both of them speak perfect English, without forgetting their native languages Spanish and Catalan, and they can change from one language to another in the same conversation completely naturally.”
With the aim of helping pupils to achieve complete mastery in English language, depending on the educational stage, 75% of learning in this language is done via our English language immersion programme. Highly qualified, native, international teachers, who are in a constant process of education and training, guarantee that we meet the proposed objectives.
Our pupils prepare for official, internationally recognised Cambridge exams as part of the curriculum, combining curricular activities with extra-curricular activities (Language School, language projects, exchanges and Summer Camps), through a methodology which is coherent with the philosophy of the school. In this way, pupils gain comprehensive knowledge of the language.
In addition, as the pupils progress through the academic stages we introduce a second foreign language: French or German. At Agora International School Barcelona we also offer Mandarin Chinese in Infant Education and the first few years of Primary Education. All of this is done without leaving aside the trilingual character (English, Catalan and Spanish) of our international school.