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Interactive Museum: Our Heroes

Written by Núria Araguas. Posted in 4th-5th Grade Advanced SAL, 4th-5th Grade Beginner SAL, 4th-5th Grade Intermediate SAL, SAL

Last Friday was a really special day for our 4th and 5th grade SAL students: their interactive museum about personal super heroes was inaugurated! After all the hard work they have put into this project, they were really happy to present it to their classroom peers and families. They have completed a long process before this special opening. First, they have chosen someone, who they admired  or was meaningful in their lives. Then they have started writing about these characters explaining about their physical appearance, their lives, their personalities … After having written this text, they have practiced their oral skills in front of the class. Since the final objective of the project was to create an interactive museum, we have recorded their presentations and have designed a portrait about their heroes. Once that has been done, they have created a logo that, with the aid of an app called ” Aurasma “, would trigger the video they have linked to the portrait.

They were really excited to present their museum to our visitors, thank you so much for coming!

Language Acquisition at BFIS

Written by Núria Araguas. Posted in 1st Grade SAL, 1st Grade Spanish-Catalan Studies, 2nd Grade Spanish-Catalan Studies, 2nd-3rd Grade Advanced SAL, 2nd-3rd Grade Beginner SAL, 2nd-3rd Grade Intermediate SAL, 3rd Grade Spanish-Catalan Studies, 4th Grade Spanish-Catalan Studies, 4th-5th Grade Advanced SAL, 4th-5th Grade Beginner SAL, 4th-5th Grade Intermediate SAL, 5th Grade Spanish-Catalan Studies, Kindergarten SAL, SAL, Spanish-Catalan Studies

Last Friday we had the opportunity to present our latest parent info session on the topic of language acquisition. We would like to thank all the families who were able to attend and we hope this presentation helped you to understand how we acquire a foreign language. For individuals who were unable to attend, we have included a link to the presentation slides.  Feel free to use the links, books and resources you will find at the end of the presentation as a reference. Additionally, we have also embedded a video in this post that was created by a fellow international school.  The video highlights the importance of supporting the continued development of the “mother tongue” for students who attend international schools where the primary language of instruction is not their first language.

As always, our goal at BFIS is to honor the unique qualities of every child and implement research-based instructional strategies to maximize every student’s potential.  We hope you will find this information helpful and we look forward to continuing to support your children in their language journey!

Language Acquisition at BFIS Presentation Slides

We are Journalists!

Written by Núria Araguas. Posted in 4th Grade Català, 4th-5th Grade Advanced SAL, SAL

Our fourth and fifth graders are ready to continue developing their Spanish skills while having fun and immersing in a very rich culture.

We started the new school year by introducing each other, reviewing some vocabulary related with personal adjectives. By the time we finished our first unit, our students were able not only to speak about their daily activities and hobbies, but also to interview their friends about their likes and dislikes and to report that information, speaking about a third person. In order to speak about their daily agendas and hobbies, our students were using the present continuous tense in context and applying different pronouns.

On the other hand, we have been working on weather conditions and natural disasters, reading and listening to different documentaries and reports. In order to practice this academic vocabulary  in context, each student has prepared a script for a news program. They have chosen a natural disaster and a country of their interest and then recorded some videos pretending they were journalists broadcasting.  It has been very enriching to listen to their oral presentations about Japan, United States or Africa, among others. They have learned about important natural disasters that happened, for instance, in Haiti recently. Do not hesitate to contact me in case you would like to have a look at their amazing videos!

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I take the opportunity to invite you to our SAL and EAL presentation on Language Acquisition. We will happy to see you in the George Orwell Building, this Friday, at 9 am.

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Spanish Catalan Studies in Third Grade

Written by Núria Araguas. Posted in 4th Grade Català

Discovering and exploring the place and the culture we all live in is a great way to make our students feel at home. Spanish Catalan Studies is an entertaining CLIL subject designed with this purpose in mind. The main objective is to give students the opportunity to broaden and consolidate their linguistic skills while simultaneously acquiring a better understanding of Spain and other Spanish speaking countries.

In third grade, we are going to focus on famous characters: we will be learning about architects, painters, writers, chefs, athletes and cartoons.

We started this journey by learning about two important architects for the city of Barcelona. We first spoke about Ildefons Cerdà, the urban planner who designed the 19th-century extension of Barcelona called the Eixample. We observed this district on the map, being able to locate some of the landmarks of Barcelona. Afterwards, we were discovering Gaudí’s life and work; we read and listened about his biography, we studied his most emblematic buildings and creations and then we wrote about the Güell Park and crafted Gaudí’s lizard applying one of his most famous techniques, “trencadís”. We also wrote about Sagrada Familia, using acquired facts for an “all about” text. Finally, we were inspired by a mapping video on “Casa Batlló” and then drew our own interpretation of this original house.



We are now studying some representative painters from Spain and Mexico. We read about Diego Velázquez and observed some of his masterpieces. We then watched an audio guide video that helped us interpret better his most important painting, Las Meninas (The Ladies-in-Waiting). After having contextualized the author and this painting, we were ready to complete a collaborative piece of writing about all these facts and to use watercolors to recreate his masterpiece.


We continued our trip by learning about the life and work of another important painter, Francisco de Goya. We spoke about the Prado Museum, in Madrid, and how these painters can be found in the Prado collection.

We are now thrilled and ready to continue learning about other artists!


Learning grammar through art

Written by Núria Araguas. Posted in 2nd-3rd Grade Advanced SAL, ES CSCS, SAL

We have been working really hard on understanding and getting to use the past tense of indefinido. In order to have a background and a context to learn and practice this past tense, our 2nd and 3rd graders have been enjoying a unit on artists and musicians. First, we have learned about Sorolla; our students discovered some of his paintings and read about his life. We have been practicing with structures and vocabulary words that helped us in expressing our opinions on masterpieces and describing what we can observe in a painting.


After having learned about Sorolla, we spoke, read and listened about Vivaldi and his Four Seasons. We described the music, the rhythm, the instruments we could distinguish… Afterwards, we continued with Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso. Not only were we looking at some of their most popular paintings, but also were we learning about their biographies while getting exposed to the past tenses. After having finished with a first approach to the forms and meaning of indefinido, it was our turn to bring the past tense into practice: after some hands-on activities drilling with the different verbal tenses, we were ready to complete a fill in the gaps activity with Pablo Picasso’s biography. Once we have been exposed to this writing, we were able to publish a mini-book about his life and our own version of one of his paintings. We were working hard to speak about him using the verbs we have been learning!


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Now it is turn for another artist, Andy Warhol! We are going to complete a jigsaw activity with his life so that we can continue writing and practicing the past tense. We will wrap up this unit by working on a fairy tale, so that students can apply all their learning into writing a story. Coming soon!

Fairy Tales and Past Tenses

Written by Núria Araguas. Posted in 4th-5th Grade Advanced SAL, SAL

 Once upon a time…

Fairy tales are part of us, of our lives and our cultural backgrounds. As children, we loved to hear a good storyteller and, as adults, we enjoy remembering those stories and retelling them to the younger generations. That thought was the trigger for our project “Cuéntame un cuento”.

Writing fairy tales is an excellent context to practice with the use of imperfecto and indefinido: authors describe the context, add details and characteristics and then speak about actions, designing the plot of the story. That is exactly what our 4th and 5th grade Advanced students did when writing their favorite fairy tales. Some of them chose internationally known tales and others wrote about original stories from their home countries. Then, they illustrated the story and even created flashcard or puppets for the read-aloud. The results were amazing.

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Every good author deserves an audience. Our audience was really special: Pre-K was thrilled to hear about our stories! Our 4th and 5th graders were excellent storytellers.

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We have just finished our unit in which we were not only learning about the past tenses, but also about different ways in which students go to school around the world. After having watched a documentary, Camino a la Escuela, we were discussing and reflecting about the reality depicted for each of the students. Through this project we were working on the values of the movie as well as in developing their oral and written Spanish, debating on differente values and ideas, and writing a letter to one of these children. In case you are not familiar with it, you can find more information about the movie in this web page.