Written by marionall. Posted in 4th Grade Spanish-Catalan Studies, 5th Grade Spanish-Catalan Studies, Spanish-Catalan Studies


These days we are studying Antoni Tàpies, his life and his museum. In class we talked about his art and his foundation. The “Fundació  Antoni Tàpies “ is a cultural center and museum located in carrer d’ Aragó in Barcelona dedicated to the life and work of the painter Antoni Tàpies. The Fundació opened its doors in June 1990 in the building of the former Editorial Montaner i Simon publishing house, the work of the Modernist architect Lluís Doménech i Montaner  .The building was constructed  between 1880 and 1885, at an early stage of the evolution of Catalan modernism, the building was the first in the Eixample district to integrate industrial typology and technology, combining exposed brick and iron, into the fabric of the city centre.

The headquarters of the Fundació Antoni Tàpies was declared a historical monument in 1997. From 2008 to 2010, the firm of architects Ábalos+Sentkiewicz Arquitectos carried out a second rehabilitation of the building in order to comply with the new safety and evacuation regulations and to recuperate its original industrial character. On this occasion, Antoni Tàpies’ work Mitjó (Sock. Maquette, 1991) was installed on the terrace of the Fundació, situated on top of the new offices.

The collection of the Fundació Antoni Tàpies consists mostly of the works donated by Antoni and Teresa Tàpies.

Students have been discussing artworks, comparing with other painters and looking for building information.

Gran Teatre del Liceu

Written by marionall. Posted in 4th Grade Spanish-Catalan Studies, 5th Grade Spanish-Catalan Studies, Spanish-Catalan Studies

During the past weeks, 4th and 5th grades have been studying the Gran Teatre del Liceu. 

We have learned  when was it built, where can we find it, who was the responsible for the bomb that explode in 1893, which was the causative for the fire that destroyed the building in 1994… And many other things!

To learn all of that, we used a power point as a main support and we took some notes of the most important information.  We have done a research project about the fire and then we have done a little writing on this subject.

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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

Antoni Gaudí

Written by marionall. Posted in 4th Grade Spanish-Catalan Studies, 5th Grade Spanish-Catalan Studies, Castellano

FullSizeRenderpalau-guell-fachadaThese days we are learning  El Modenismo & Antoni Gaudí. Antoni Gaudí  is a Spanish Catalan  architect from Reus ( Tarragona) . Gaudí’s works reflect an individualized and distinctive style and most are located in our city.  BARCELONA.

During the following days  we are focusing in the most important buildings ( houses, Church…)We explain the architecture and the  neighborhood where they are located.