The parts of the house

Written by Maria Guttierez. Posted in 2nd-3rd Grade Beginner SAL, ES CSCS, SAL

Our 2nd/3rd grade students are learning about parts of the house and some of the objects that you can find in it. Also, we are reviewing some verbs that we have learned before, such as “haber”, “tener” or “ser”. Students are practicing new vocabulary related to this unit, new adjectives to describe how their living-room looks like, their room, their kitchen… At the beginning of February, our students will present a project in class. For this project, they will make a model of one of the rooms in their house (a bathroom, a living-room, a kitchen or a bedroom). This project will require a cardboard base or other hard material (maybe a shoe box). To make the furniture (tables, chairs, sofa, bed, television) students may use plastic bottle caps, matchbooks, clay, etc. Any reusable material is good. It would be great if you can help them to find those materials.

Here you have some examples from last year. Thank you for your help!


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

Diving into Spanish

Written by Maria Guttierez. Posted in 2nd-3rd Grade Beginner SAL, ES CSCS, SAL

We started the year learning the SER song and explaining all about the students: age, nationality, things that they like to do… Also, we have been talking about the members of our family. Through different games, we were working on animals: how they look like, where they live, what they like to eat.. We started to write simple sentences a few days ago and our 2nd and 3rd grade students did their best. They were very excited sharing their ideas about their favourite animal!

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¿What are you wearing?

Written by Maria Guttierez. Posted in 2nd-3rd Grade Beginner SAL, ES CSCS, SAL

At this time of the year, we have gone through the last topic we will be working on during this school year: clothes.

cinturón pantalones cortos vestido

We have been learned new vocabulary and have reviewed some other that we already knew. During this unit we have been introduced to some verbs:  LLEVAR (to wear) and TENER (to have), which are very helpful when we are describing what we wear and, as well, we have learned some new grammar                                             structures.

During the following weeks, students will go through the contents they have been working on during the year in order to make sure they have understood them in a meaningful way and to give them the space to solve any doubts they might have related to them.

Las partes de nuestro cuerpo

Written by Maria Guttierez. Posted in 2nd-3rd Grade Beginner SAL, SAL


 2nd and 3rd graders from SAL Beginners have been lately studying the names of the parts of the body.  To do so, they have been using their workbook, they have danced using/touching the part of the body that was mentioned and also they have created their own “avatar” to label the names of the parts of their bodies (see the picture above).


As a second part for this topic, students have been introduced to la descripción física (the description).

They have learned some specific vocabulary related to the physical features that human beings have such as:

– HAIR COLOR: rubio, castaño, moreno, pelirrojo.

– SHAPE: liso, ondulado, rizado, grueso, delgado.

– SIZES and/or LENGTH: grande, pequeño, mediano, largo, corto.

 As well, students have been introduced to some new grammatical structures using the verbs SER (to be), TENER (to have) and LLEVAR (to wear). This has helped them very much when doing their own description and, even so at the beginning it was a little confusing, we are now more confident when using these verbs.

We encourage you to play “Guess who?” with them so they can practice the new things they have learned! We did so in our classroom and we had a lot of fun while reviewing and going deeper through the new contents.




Frutas, verduras y bebidas // Fruits, vegetables and drinks

Written by Maria Guttierez. Posted in 2nd-3rd Grade Beginner SAL, SAL

Our 2nd and 3rd graders are learning on vocabulary related to the food and meals in Spanish.

We have been practicing some of the vocabulary we had studied previously 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), “¿Cuánto cuesta?” (How much is it?), etc.


We have used many resources to learn: flashcards, presentations, the book, worksheets, we also played “the bingo food” so we could connect the pictures with its word in a more dynamic way; we loved it!


We also have been working on the typical food we can find around Spain and became chefs for one day too! We discovered the original recipe for an outstanding tortilla de patatas so you can ask us to help you cook it for dinner tonight!

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

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