Description of the program
The extended programme curriculum goes beyond language proficiency, confidence and fluency, and explores a wide range of academic subjects such as history, geography, natural science and literature. Students acquire interpersonal skills and intercultural awareness, as well as develop autonomy in the learning process that will help them throughout their academic years.
During the day, the second language gradually loses its status as a school subject to become a competence used in a real context; the acquisition of fluency in the language, and therefore a real mastery of it, is the main priority. When the student returns to his or her home country and returns to class, a clear difference in aptitude and attitude towards the study of the language can be perceived.
Perhaps for the first time in their lives as students, participants will develop a sense of autonomy and an attitude of self-reflection about their own learning process. In this study environment, students achieve bilingual English proficiency, learning to express themselves confidently in a second language.
The Extended Programme is recommended for those young people who are thinking of entering an English-speaking academic centre in the future; the last classes of the day are devoted to different school subjects in English, allowing students to develop their linguistic fluency in a more academic environment. On Wednesday afternoons the classroom lessons are replaced by a cultural excursion to a point of interest in the city where the school is located, giving the students a break in the middle of the week but without stopping practicing English at any time.
The academic programme of this course includes:
English classes: These lessons cover the four basic language skills (listening and reading comprehension, and verbal and written expression) and include controlled practice in language structures and lexis development to achieve a good command of grammatical structures and vocabulary.
Life skills and learning strategies:Each lesson is thematically linked to English as seen in the class that precedes it. Sessions cover concepts such as study skills, time management and self-confidence.
Fluency workshop: A session that helps students overcome their own inhibitions of public speaking.
Project: Projects encourage autonomous learning, teamwork, and homework (such as a presentation, video, newspaper), covering areas such as journalism, drama, or debate.
Classes of subjects: using English as a tool, classes are given in different school subjects: history, geography, mathematics, natural sciences, literature... This allows students to acquire a more academic command of the language, which is particularly beneficial for their educational future in an international environment.
Each student has a personal "portfolio" that helps the teacher and student measure progress from class to class, as well as supporting orientation and learning sessions. In addition, students also use this personal "portfolio" for self-assessment as well as for setting personal goals.