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

¡El verano ya está aquí! // Summer is already here!

Written by Maria Guttierez. Posted in 1st Grade SAL, Kindergarten SAL, SAL

SAL students in K/1st grade, are studying vocabulary related to el verano (Summer) so they can be ready to speak in Spanish during their holidays!

They are learning specific vocabulary such as: colchoneta, gafas de sol, crema solar, toalla, playa, ola, tabla de surd, cubo, pala, etc.

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As well as some new structures: En verano yo… (In the Summer time I…) that are helping us when speaking in Spanish.

During the following three weeks we are going to review all of the contents we have been working on during the year.

We’ll keep you updated!

Los animales y los lugares en los que viven

Written by Maria Guttierez. Posted in 1st Grade SAL, Kindergarten SAL, SAL

Kindergarten and 1st graders from SAL have been studying the animals and the places in which we can find them. We have learned their names, the characteristics they have and the differences existing between them.


We have been using four different centers to work this topic and we have enjoyed them all very much! See them below:


1. Manipulative center: We have been using memory to relate the pictures from the animals to their name in Spanish.

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2. Reading center: Books have been a very useful tool not only to have a first approach to new vocabulary but also to learn some new structures and words in Spanish.


3. Listening center: Bingo is one of our favorite games and it also helps us consolidate new contents!


4. Reading center: In this corner, someone tells us a word in Spanish and we have to find the picture that corresponds to it. We also look for the word written and get a closer view to Spanish phonetics.

Multimedia presentations, worksheets and videos have also been some of the resources used during this unit that have helped us learn while having fun.

¡We will keep you updated with more news soon!

¡La comida que me gusta!

Written by Maria Guttierez. Posted in 1st Grade SAL, Kindergarten SAL, SAL

Our Kinder and 1st graders are learning vocabulary related to food  in Spanish.

We have been practicing some previous vocabulary as well as we have learned many more. We have also introduced some new structures that help us when speaking in Spanish such as: “no/me gusta porque” (I do/don’t like it because) or “Compro_____ en la ______” (I buy _____ at the ______); for example.

We have learned the name of the shops in which we can buy food through the usage of flashcards as well as through a poster we made to decorate our class:

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Worksheets have been a really good tool to learn some more vocabulary and we played bingo to integrate the pictures with its meaning. We also became chefs for one day and we created our own menu that was shared with the rest of our classmates which help us use the new grammar and vocabulary in a more significant way!


We had a lot of fun learning this topic and we’ll start learning vocabulary related to “la primavera” (the spring) after the Spring break.

We are looking forward to share what we learn with you!

Our house

Written by Maria Guttierez. Posted in 1st Grade SAL, Kindergarten SAL, SAL

Our Kinder and 1st graders are learning about the parts of the house and some of the names of the objects you can find in it.

We have been practicing some previous vocabulary as well as we have learned many more. We have also introduced some new adjectives that help us to describe better each part of the house.

As a project for this unit we have “built” our own house! Students were arranged in groups of three/four and have been working on a specific area of the house by creating a beautiful drawing including the furniture you can find in each one of them.

Also, we have been singing and we do it very well! We will love to sing the song “Mi casita” to you and, maybe, you will like to learn it and dance with us too; so, here you can find the link in case you need it (  and the lyrics as well:





How we celebrate Fall

Written by Maria Guttierez. Posted in 1st Grade SAL, ES CSCS, Kindergarten SAL, SAL

Since Fall has arrived, we are working on different topics related to. During the last weeks, we have been singing several songs to learn some specific vocabulary. We are having fun with our Otoño song and we take advantage of this, working on different activities. We are also learning and practicing the letters and the sounds in Spanish. This month we are reviewing the letter Z and we are learning some vocabulary that contains this letter: calabaza, manzana, maíz, zanahoria…


Over the last week of October, we focused on two important celebrations: Halloween and la Castañada. We sang and performed Los esqueletos and children worked on  cute terrifying skeletons to learn the body parts. In addition, during these weeks, we are learning about clothes and we are reviewing the concepts that we have learned before.