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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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.

Nuestros Héroes

Written by Marta Hurtado. Posted in 4th-5th Grade Advanced SAL, 4th-5th Grade Beginner SAL, SAL

Our SAL students have been working on a project called ” Nuestros Héroes “. First, they chose someone, who they admired  or was meaningful in their lives. Then they started writing about these characters explaining about their physical appearance, their lives, their personalities … After having written this text, they practised their oral skills in front of the class. Since the final objective of the project was to create an interactive museum, we recorded their presentations and designed a portrait about their heroes. Once that was done, they 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 and showed the great work that they have done.

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Hope that you enjoyed it !

From the Future to the Past

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

Over the last weeks, our 4th and 5th graders have kept busy in acquiring and developing their Spanish knowledge.

We have been working on weather conditions and natural disasters, reading and listening to different documentaries and reports. In order to practice this vocabulary and the future tenses in context, each student has prepared a weather forecast about a country of their choice, and then we have recorded a video of their oral presentations. Afterwards, they have been researching and reading in Spanish about a natural disaster and they have written a report about it. Each group was assigned a specific topic or place and they have explained about it to the rest of peers, who were learning about it while practicing their listening skills. To continue developing the use of the future tenses, students have worked on a writing unit imagining and planning their ideal cultural trip to travel somewhere with the whole class. It has been very enriching to listen to their oral presentations travelling to Florida, Russia, Turkey or Paris, among others.

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Once we have finished our unit about weather conditions, we have dived into the past tense of indefinido by exploring several famous biographies: we have read about sportsmen, singers, actors, politicians, fashion designers and historic characters, reading non-fiction texts. Afterwards, they have spoken about their own lives and organised their personal information using synoptic charts. Furthermore, we have played Guess Who with celebrities’ cards and Trivial Pursuit to wrap up our unit and realized how much we have learned about famous characters. Our next step will be to get ready to a very special cooperative project, Silent Heroes.