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

It’s time for Carnival

Written by Núria Araguas. Posted in 2nd Grade Spanish-Catalan Studies, ES CSCS, Spanish-Catalan Studies

It’s time for Carnival and our 2nd graders have kept busy exploring and finding out how people all over Spain celebrate and prepare for this very special event. Firstly, we have introduced vocabulary words related with this time of the year: costume, mask, streamer, float, parade… We have then watched some videos to take a glance at how the different days are celebrated. We spoke about some cities and villages in Spain where Carnival is specially important: Vilanova i la Geltrú, Sitges, Cadiz, the Canary Islands… We have also work on tagging with our vocabulary words some different costumes. Finally, inspired by all we have learned, we have designed and crafted our own masks, depicting creative patterns. You can take a look at the final results!

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Winter Celebrations around the World

Written by Núria Araguas. Posted in 2nd Grade Spanish-Catalan Studies, Spanish-Catalan Studies

Over the last few weeks, we have taken the opportunity to explore different countries in the world and their winter celebrations. We were reading and watching videos about how people celebrate these special days in different cultures, broadening and acquiring new vocabulary and expressions. We first started with Poland and Russia, exploring the food they eat and their cultural traditions. Afterwards, we learned about Holland and Sinterklaas. We continued with the festival of lights in India, Diwali, and the German Christmas markets. We finished our trip learning about Hannukah. After having learned about all these different countries, we dove into the Spanish traditions, learning about the typical gastronomy in Spain, Christmas Eve or Nochebuena, Christmas, San Esteve and the Three Wise Men. Our students were surprised to discover that the tradition in Spain is to eat twelve grapes to the chimes of the clock on New Year’s Eve.

We wrapped up the unit by crafting a seasonal craft that students were excited to take home. Have a look at this special craft, we are artists!


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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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Diving into Spanish Catalan Studies

Written by Núria Araguas. Posted in 2nd Grade Spanish-Catalan Studies, Spanish-Catalan Studies

Discovering and exploring the place we all live in is a great way to make our students feel at home. Spanish Catalan Studies is an entertaining CLIL subject designed with this purpose in mind. The main objective is to give them the opportunity to broaden and consolidate their linguistic skills while simultaneously acquiring a better understanding of the country and city they are now living at.

In second grade, we focus on celebrations and traditions in Spain: we will be learning about different regions in Spain while we get to know about their special days and festivals. We will read and write, listen to stories, watch videos, make crafts, projects and so much more to celebrate and explore the Spanish rich cultural heritage. We will be meeting twice a week, practicing Spanish through content and hands-on projects and crafts.


During the first weeks, we had a glance at the different regions in Spain and then we spoke about two celebrations in Catalonia: la Diada and La Mercè. We were discovering some Catalan traditions such as Castellers, the human towers, and Sardana, a typical Catalan dance. Then, we designed a giant like the city giants that dance for La Mercè.

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Written by Anna Perez. Posted in 2nd Grade Spanish-Catalan Studies, ES CSCS, Spanish-Catalan Studies

The original group has been split in two groups. Now each teacher has now a smaller number of children so we can pay more attention to them.

The first subject of our class has been Las Fallas de Valencia. We located Valencia in the Spanish map and we saw how far this city was from Barcelona. We talked about the dates when Las Fallas are celebrated and where this celebration comes from. We talked about the most relevant moments of the Las Fallas celebration such us La Crida and La Cremà. We watched a video about the Fallas and children got very interested about the wooden and cardboard sculptures called ninots that usually criticize politicians and celebrities.

We also talked about the typical costumes and meals of Valencia such as fartons, paella, churros or agua de Valencia. We enjoyed a lot talking about our favorite meals! Children did an activity where they had to match meal images with their corresponding names.

Since the Fallas announce the arrival of the Spring season, we spent time talking about that season. We talked about the Spring weather and how the rain combined with the heat of the sun both have a positive effect on the trees, plants and animals, waking them up from the Winter lethargy. We talked about the fruit trees, their flowers and their fruits, and we commented our preferred fruits.

To close the class we read and discussed the Antonio Machado’s poem named La primavera ha venido y nadie sabe como ha sido, and children did a worksheet based on that beautiful and famous poem.

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