How does learning languages benefit them?
- It stimulates intellectual development
Within the context of plurilingualism which is characteristic of Agora Portals International School, learning English as a first foreign language is a priority in our educational project. Pupils at Agora Portals International School learn how to relate to others and manage different situations in English from a young age, reaching the point at which English is another vehicular language for them.
In addition, pupils in Infant Education and the first cycle of Primary Education attend Mandarin Chinese classes. When students move on to Secondary Education they must also choose between German and French to complete the plurilingual education of our educational project.
They’ll tell you about it…
Pupils at our international school study English as a language of communication from the age of three, which equips them with the necessary ability to understand the phonic system and express themselves orally.
“As a mother of two bilingual children living in Spain, my hope is that they will have the opportunity to not only communicate effectively in my mother tongue, but also to connect to and feel part of the culture and traditions of English speaking communities. As a teacher at Agora, I am secure in the fact that they are receiving all the opportunities to make this wish a reality.”
“Language acquisition does not stop at the classroom door. The diversity of students at Agora Portals offers the children exposure to the languages and traditions of other cultures at all times. The teachers’ role as a language reference for the learners is constant and consistent, right from the daily greetings to assisting them in the dining room and in the playground, or simply just offering a friendly ear in times of need. Agora Portals is indeed a micro community reflecting the society of which our children will be members.”
Numerous curricular subjects are taught in English, and the teachers who give these classes interact with pupils using only English. To ensure excellent teaching of the language, at Agora Portals International School we have native teachers and bilingual teachers who have spent extended periods of time in English-speaking countries.
For those pupils who would like to improve their level of English further still, the school offers a Language School which complements academic teaching and prepares pupils to sit international Trinity College or Cambridge English exams.
In addition, as a Language School we offer pupils the opportunity to officially accredit their level with the most prestigious qualifications available at this time:
• From 3rd Primary Education onwards:
Pupils can sit official Trinity College London tests (up to 12 levels)
• From 2nd ESO onwards:
Pupils can achieve the Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE)
• From 3rd ESO onwards:
Pupils can achieve the Cambridge Advanced English Certificate (CAE). Agora Portals is currently the only school whose pupils obtain these qualifications at such as early age.
• In Primary Education pupils can also sit (optional) the Youth Chinese Test, as the school is an official Confucius Institute Examination Centre.
Chinese Festivals are introduced to pupils in class and in a normal class you will see our Chinese teacher playing the piano and playing games with her students.
• Agora Portals International is also the Official Cervantes Institute Headquarters in Mallorca, so classes of Spanish as a foreign language are available for pupils and parents who need to improve their skills in the language. It is also possible to sit exams at school to earn official qualification and accreditation of the level achieved.