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

From writers to cooks

Written by Maria Guttierez. Posted in 3rd Grade Spanish-Catalan Studies, Spanish-Catalan Studies

3rd grade students of Spanish-Catalan studies have finished the topic related to writers.

The last writer we have been talking, learning and working about is Gloria Fuertes. We have been introduced to some of her main works and have learned some things about her life too.

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Our new “guests” have been Juan Mari Arzak and Karlos Arguiñano, two of the most representative Spanish cooks.

Going through this topic has allowed us to review vocabulary related to food, learning a little bit more about the city of San Sebastián and letting us show our most artistic part as cooks!


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During the following weeks we will be talking about famous Spanish athletes; we will keep you updated!

Federico García Lorca

Written by Maria Guttierez. Posted in 3rd Grade Spanish-Catalan Studies

For the past few weeks, 3rd grade students of Spanish Catalan studies, have been learning about the life and art of Federico García Lorca.

They have learned about the characteristics of the city he was born in (Granada, Spain), the first poems and theater plays he wrote, his trips around the world that helped him when writing some of his master pieces, his relationship with some other artists such as Salvador Dalí that influenced him not only personally but also in a professional way, etc.



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They are now creating a book in which they explain everything they have learned so far about this writer and they can’t wait to share it with all of  you!

On the following weeks they will be working on another famous Spanish writer: Gloria Fuertes.

Joan Miró

Written by Maria Guttierez. Posted in 3rd Grade Spanish-Catalan Studies, Spanish-Catalan Studies

During the past weeks, 3rd graders from Spanish-Catalan Studies have been working on the figure and creations of one of the main important artists from Spain: Joan Miró.

We have learned a little bit about his life: where he was born, when he moved to Paris and why, which are his main paintings, sculptures and creations, how did his career as an artist developed, etc.

We have also made our own creations based on some of his masterpieces (you can see the results below!) and we have carried on a small project based on some of his sculptures.

On the following weeks we will be working on some of the main Spanish writers; we can’t wait to share with you everything that we will learn! We will keep you updated.

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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Discovering celebrities: Velázquez, Goya and Picasso

Written by Maria Guttierez. Posted in 3rd Grade Spanish-Catalan Studies, ES CSCS, Spanish-Catalan Studies

After having met some important architects, we have just started working on new celebrities. Now it’s time for artists that had an important impact in the Spanish culture. Our firsts guests were Diego Velázquez and Francisco de Goya. Once we learned about their most important paintings, we travelled through history by discovering the Museo del Prado, to get to know some important people and details that appear in those paintings. To wrap up with these artists, we coloured our own versions of Las Meninas and we did different activities related Goya. Please, take a look at these colorful versions!



Continuing with celebrities, we stop by Pablo Picasso, one of our most international artists. Picasso admired Velázquez, and he painted many original versions of this painting that we have mentioned in our classes. One of the most important paintings that these artist painted was “Guernica” and we have worked on some of the elements that we can see on it. Our final activity was to make a puzzle of this painting… it was not easy but finally we got it!

Picasso actividades