C/ Virgen de los Rosales 1 – 28023 – Madrid
The school puts great emphasis on language learning, and especially so in the case of English.
Learning is promoted through an evolutionary approach – that is, following the natural, organic process in which humans acquire communication skills. Students develop the basic language competences (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) intuitively and through immersive interaction. As a consequence, since the early years of Infant Education, our children are capable of understanding English effortlessly, and are accustomed to using this language to ask questions, and speak their minds about, almost all aspects of their environment.
In later years, students are ready to put their skills to the test by taking part in official examinations. Primary Education students aim for the Key English Test (KET) and Preliminary English Test (PET) certifications; early Secondary (1st to 3rd ESO) prepare for the First Certificate in English (FCE); and 4th ESO to 2nd Bachillerato focus on the Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) and the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).
Lessons are conducted exclusively in English, and students are expected to use the language at all times in communicating with their classmates and teachers. In the case of the latter, the requirement extends outside the classroom. This reinforces the idea that English is not a separate subject, but rather a tool through which to express themselves and perceive the world around them.
Students are exposed to a variety of original materials in English, none of which are artificially adapted to foreign learners, but rather sequenced by our specialists according to the language proficiency and maturity of each grade. Thanks to this, they become familiar with a variety of authentic registers, dialects and accents, which prepares them to face the language in a real context much better than traditional teaching methods ever could.
The English Department also organises a wealth of activities to ensure that the use of English is not relegated to the classroom. The Science in English Project, Film Club, Spelling Bee, Talent Show, Scottish Dances, English Market, and many other events offer endless opportunities to use the language in natural and engaging settings.
Cambridge and TOEFL exams
Additionally to our current courses for Cambridge University’s FCE, CAE, CPE, and IELTS certificates (for which our school is a registered examination centre) the 2019 – 2020 academic year will see the beginning of a TOEFL preparation programme. TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language) measures a student’s proficiency in English in academic contexts. This certification is recognised by over 10,000 educational institutions internationally, and is currently, along with IELTS, the most relevant English language certification worldwide.