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Bilingual School

Bilingual School

bilingüismo

The bilingualism programme at Colegio Atalaya uses an inverted pyramid structure with regards to the English language. We begin with an immersion programme in the English language for the students from 3 years old, to make the most of the unbeatable evolutionary moment for children to learn new languages. Learning at this age is above all conversational and the presence of native teachers in the classrooms for 80% of the school day means that the children develop their basic linguistic skills, taking on both the grammatical structure as well as their own accent in a natural way.

The aim is that the students begin to learn English, so that later on in the Primary school stage they can study English as a subject just like they study their mother tongue.

The presence of the English language in the Primary education stage continues to be of great importance; however the amount is gradually reduced from 65% in the first cycle to 55% in the last cycle. The reason behind this reduction is none other than the need to strengthen the Spanish language and to consolidate the learning of syllabus that will be necessary for the Secondary Education in which the use of the English language in the classroom will go from 50% in 1º Eso to 37% in 4º Eso. This last course is of vital importance in the children’s academic life as it is the last year before they start their senior years.

Finally, in the last two years of school, the presence of the English language will be reduced to the subjects that are not examined in the University Selection Exams (selectividad).

With this pyramid programme, which is shown in the table below, we achieve three important objectives:

  1. The English language is taught at a very early age, which works best for the understanding of the linguistic structures and which therefore, lays the foundations for  good learning and development in all the skills that a native speaker masters: listening, speaking, reading and writing.
  2. The quality of teaching in the traditional subjects is not affected by the simultaneous presence of English and Spanish.
  3. We provide excellent preparation for the university entrance exams.

Pyramidal bilingualism program development

STAGE

COURSE

ENGLISH

SPANISH

OBSERVATIONS

INFANT

80 %

20 %

The presence of the English and Spanish educators is simultaneous in the class during 75% of the hours. The percentages indicate the language in which you work based on the weekly teaching hours.

80 %

20 %

75 %

25%

PRIMARY

65 %

35 %

During the First and Second Cycle of Primary Education, Science, Arts & Music and Physical Education besides English Language are taught in English.

65 %

35 %

60 %

40 %

60 %

40 %

55 %

45 %

During the third cycle of Primary Education, we teach Science, Art & Music, and Physical Education, besides English Language, in English.

55 %

45 %

SECONDARY

50 %

50 %

In the first cycle of secondary education the subjects of teach in English are Social Studies, Science, Physical Education and Theatre besides English Language.

50 %

50 %

43 %

57 %

In this course we teach the following subjects in English: Biology and Geology, Social Sciences and Physical Education, besides English Language.

37 %

63 %

In the last year of secondary school the subjects taught in English are: Biology and Geology, Social Sciences, Physical Education, besides English Language.

BACCALAUREATE

33 %

67 %

The subjects taught in English are  the Integrated Project, Science for the Contemporary World and Physical Education, besides English Language.

27 %

73 %

The subjects taught in English are the Integrated Project and the Elective, besides the English Language.

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