¿Cómo soy?

Written by Maria Angeles Salvat. Posted in 2nd-3rd Grade Intermediate SAL

2n and 3rd graders from SAL intermediate have been studying the parts of the body. We reviewed the vocabulary and we used two songs:












Then, they learned how to describe their selves by using adjectives: tall-short;thin-fat; strong-weak…

Finally, they learned vocabulary based on their character traits (intelligent, brave, kind…).

After learning all this, they made their first writing without guidance and I am proud to say that: they did it!

Now, they are working on the description of a character they create and we are going to keep working on that to learn how to describe other’s.


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

Vida sana

Written by Maria Angeles Salvat. Posted in 2nd-3rd Grade Intermediate SAL


The students are working in a unit that we call VIDA SANA (Healthy Life). They are studying verbs in the present tense related to hobbies and sports like: patinar (skating,) jugar a fútbol (playing soccer,) esquiar (skying,) etc. They talk about which sports they can practice and which sports they like to watch. In addition, we are discussing how practicing sports is positive towards leading a healthy life.

They are practicing writing small paragraphs about their hobbies.

We are also learning about food and how it is important to have healthy eating habits in order to have a better diet and nutrition. Apart from this, the students are learning how to express their preferences and how to order when they go to a restaurant. In order to do this, they are practicing:  “yo quiero,” “yo desayuno,” “yo como”, etc.

In addition, as a curious fact, we are comparingthe different times of the day in which people eat their meals in different countries and cultures.

Music and Theater

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

Over the last few weeks, we have been working on ¿Y si es…? Using this engaging story as a framework, we have been discussing skills we can develop and implement in order to face what causes us uncertainty. We have spoken about how what is foreign contributes to enriching experiences.  Apart from highlighting the importance of these values, we have been  developing our linguistic skills. We have been acquiring new vocabulary, such as baby farm animals and  animal onomatopoeias. Finally, we have scripted and represented a theater play inspired by the story of these farm animals when they get to meet an exotic kangaroo. Our second and third graders were proud of presenting this play to their partners and so, we visited other classes for our debut.


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We are now working on musical genres and instruments. We have been exploring different songs and types of music, practicing how to conjugate gustar, encantar, odiar, preferir and other verbs to speak and write about musical preferences. To wrap up our unit, we are now working on a writing project about our favorite singer: we have researched about their lives and we are elaborating a poster with all that information.

A look back at our families and friends

Written by Maria Angeles Salvat. Posted in 2nd-3rd Grade Intermediate SAL

The students in SAL 2-3 intermediate studied a unit related to counting. First of all, they asked about quantities and learning the numbers until 99.

We talked about likes and dislikes over different toys and colors, matching quantity and gender, and later also asking for the price of each thing. To practice the colors they enjoyed singing a song called “De colores”.

In addition, they have learned the months of the year and know how to ask when their birthdays are, which is hopefully soon: everyone enjoys birthdays!

They are able to speak about their families and “our” friends’ families: Rubén, Julia, Anna, Elena y Chema. “¿Cómo se llaman? ¿Cuántos hermanos tienes? ¿Quién es esta persona?” The basics to be able to talk within a family and about it.

Also in this unit we read a comic book about “El ratoncito Pérez,” a joyful little mouse, that they did a representation about.

To wrap the unit we talked about one of the celebrations in Spain during these days: la fiesta de los Reyes and they made a project which involves writing a letter to them.


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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