How does it benefit them?
- It stimulates their capacity for intellectual development
- It opens their mind to new worlds and cultures
- It helps them to develop the confidence necessary to successfully face our globalised world
At Agora International School Madrid we live in and promote the multilingual environment which is characteristic of NACE Schools. We start with the knowledge that the use of a specific language transforms and conditions the cognitive and thought processes of those who use it. Language teaching, both in terms of the subject itself or its support in other disciplines and competencies, is not something that aids just the use of this language. It is fundamental in the process of developing multiple approaches to any problem we are faced with.
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In changing the language, we also change our starting point. We use different mental processing rules and therefore equip ourselves with a greater comprehension of the world which surrounds us through seeing and understanding it in such diverse ways.
We are capable of arming our senses with the ability to capture more flavours, aromas and textures than if we had just one language in which to express ourselves.
“My philosophy of English language learning is very simple. The language must be produced by the student in order to really learn how to truly communicate. With this in mind classes are based largely on speaking and writing. Reading is the other key component and so I try to provide stimulating material which will expose the students to a broad range of contents and vocabulary which we can later develop in contexts generated by the students themselves. This has the impact of giving the language real world relevance and helps to engage the students. “
“I’ve been at this school since I was three, and I owe them a lot, since practically everything I know is thanks to what I have learnt here and thanks to the attention and the explanations I received from the good teachers here at this school. It was last year that I understood this, when I visited the United States on a cultural-leisure trip and I had to put into practice the English I have learnt in all these years, and I discovered that I could communicate perfectly in this language, thanks to all the years of study. The only thing I can say is thank you so much.”
Taking this premise, characteristic of our school, as a starting point, we believe that learning English language as a first foreign language is fundamental. It is currently the global “lingua franca”, of paramount importance in any field of human activity that we can imagine.
If learning English is important, no less so is the way in which we apply ourselves to our task. We want our students to do this with the same simplicity, confidence and familiarity as they would do with their own maternal language. Learning it at the same time as the rest of the native and official languages: understanding, reading comprehension and written expression. This is done in such a way that a complementary symbiotic synergy with the basic language is established, and is a stimulus in the pupils’ development.
To achieve this, full immersion is necessary, where multiple activities and even different school subjects are taught completely in English, in which the teachers and pupils relate to each other exclusively in this language.
Our pupils also have the option to prepare for and sit the international Trinity College London exams and the Cambridge exams, and we have a 99% success rate.
A guarantee for learning English includes having teaching staff who are either natives of the language or who have spent long periods of time in English-speaking countries. Both offer a different view of the language which enriches the pupils’ education. They provide linguistic structural perfection, with rigour in refining spoken and written English, but without neglecting complete mastery of the colloquial aspect of the language.
However, variety makes us richer, and within our educational project we offer other languages such as French, German and Chinese. From the age of 3 pupils are taught Mandarin Chinese, which offers them numerous benefits for their development and great opportunities for the future. When they start their Secondary Education, pupils are offered German or French, boosting their communicative, linguistic and social abilities. Throughout their education pupils have the chance to earn official certificates in these languages, such as the Goethe-Institut and the YCT (Youth Chinese Test).