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

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!

Over the last few weeks…

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

Over the last few weeks, we have been exploring different places in a city. We had a glance at related vocabulary and watched a short timelapse clip about Barcelona. We learned how to give directions and express location. Once students have acquired these structures, we used a real map of the city of Barcelona to “hide” a treasure. We wrote down the directions for a treasure hunt. Later on, we practiced with the imperative tense by giving commands with motion. We also acquired new vocabulary related to the household and sketched a plan of our houses.We were playing with an online version of a neighborhood in order to practice with the places in our city and the prepositions of place. We have also spoken about parts in our houses, and we practiced with all this vocabulary when spotting the difference with pictures of the rooms in a house. Students orally practiced telling about differences in the setting and the pieces of furniture.

On the other hand, we continued practicing the present tense for all the different conjugations (-ar, -er, -ir), the reflexive verbs and the times when elaborating the script to record a video about our daily routines. We also acquired new vocabulary related with our school routines and the chores we help with at home. Students were practicing with adverbs of frequency when asking their peers and explaining in which ways they help at home. Then, we practiced all this in context, when recording our videos.

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Finally, we were reading about the Mediterranean diet and the importance of healthy habits. We watched a cartoon show with cooking ideas for kids to develop our comprehension skills and then we wrote our own recipes

Field Trip to la Colonia Güell

Written by Núria Araguas. Posted in 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, ES CSCS, SAL, Spanish-Catalan Studies

Last Wednesday we had the opportunity to visit one of the best kept secrets of Gaudí’s creations: Colonia Güell. Although this place is less well-known than others by Gaudí, this architecture ensemble has great cultural and historical value for Catalonia. Students learned how Eusebi Güell, Gaudí’s sponsor, designed and understood a city for the workers around a factory.

We first visited the crypt, which was intended to be a church. Students were told about how Gaudí took his inspiration from nature, modelling his church with no straight lines and elements depicting trees, flowers… We also admired the beautiful stained glass windows and how they project a game of lights.

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Afterwards, students designed a mosaic getting inspiration by Gaudí’s trencadís technique. They were amazing artists!

We finished our day by visiting the town, discovering the different houses and important buildings in the Colonia: the old school, the doctor’s house, the old civic center…

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Parent Info Session – Language Acquisition

Written by Lila Jorge. Posted in 1st Grade, 1st Grade SAL, 2nd Grade, 2nd-3rd Grade Advanced SAL, 2nd-3rd Grade Beginner SAL, 2nd-3rd Grade Intermediate SAL, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 4th-5th Grade Advanced SAL, 4th-5th Grade Beginner SAL, 4th-5th Grade Intermediate SAL, 5th Grade, Administration, Elementary School, ES EAL, ES Principal, Head of School, Kindergarten, Kindergarten SAL, Nursery, PreK, SAL

languages_for-geopointeThis morning we had the opportunity present our latest parent info session on the topic of language acquisition.  It was excited to see a strong turnout of families representing many different grades and nationalities.  We want say an extra special thank you to everyone who set aside the time to be with us this morning.

For individuals who were unable to attend, we have included a link to the presentation slides.  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

Having fun with verbs and nationalities

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

During the last weeks, we have been exploring the world, getting familiar with the Spanish- speaking countries to realize and emphasize the importance of learning Spanish. We located them on the map and then, we reviewed the gender and number agreement to speak about different personalities and their nationalities. We listened to a very popular Cuban sound to train our ears and to review those nationalities and countries. Finally, we completed a reading activity about Machu Picchu to develop our reading comprehension skills.

On the other hand, we have started to acquire some new verbs in order to speak about present actions that different people are completing. We added new forms and drilled with them by creating a rotational wheel to help us conjugate in the present. We were also coloring these forms to find out patterns. While watching a video about Madrid and reading a text about the capital of Spain, we were practicing those in context.

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We were also introducing places in our city and practicing how to write addresses. We wrote and sent postcards to our peers and we will continue to work on how to give directions over the following days.