¿Qué me gusta? ¿Qué no me gusta?

Written by Maria Angeles Salvat. Posted in Kindergarten SAL

In SAL Kinder and 1st Grade we studied food and activities we liked and we don’t like.

First, we created a puppet with the structure Me gusta (I like…) and No me gusta (I don’t like). Then, we introduced activities that we can do in our free time. With the puppet they have to decide with activity they like and which one don’t.

After that, through a song we reviewed the food and the structure Me gusta and No me gusta.

Finally, in groups they create a poster with the things they like and they don’t like.


Una oruga muy hambrienta

Written by Maria Angeles Salvat. Posted in Kindergarten SAL

In SAL Kinder and 1st Grade we started a new unit: The food!

We started the unit throw a reading:Una oruga muy hambrienta(The very hungry caterpillar).

After the reading, we made our caterpillar and we have it in our class!

We reviewed the days of the week and the numbers too!





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

What do we know about Fall?

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

Our SAL students have started the year learning different songs about some topics that we repeat every day. Our routine starts doing the calendar, speaking about the weather and singing the days of the week. After that, we read a story related to the topics that we are going to work on during our class.

During last weeks, we have introduced vocabulary related to Fall, practicing it with a song. Students are developing their oral skills and they share their ideas in the class. We are talking about typical food that we eat during this time and the clothes that we use in this season.

palabras deotoño

¡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.

colchoneta helado

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!