When I try to imagine my ideal bilingual school I think in a school full of energy and at the same time with an atmosphere of hard work, where the aims are to provide quality education in order to develop responsible, free and cultured world citizens.
Respect and work are the platform of an educational project that will be committed to progress. Firstly, we will try to stimulate students´ behavior, intellectual curiosity, creativity, critical sense and honest search for truth. Also, provide students with individual guidance and monitoring, collaborating with their families and induce in students the pleasure of the correct use of language, reflection and reading.
And thus, for me is equally important the physical and intellectual development, encouraging students to adopt habits of personal hygiene, exercise, nutrition and health. Provide teaching in different languages with emphasis on Spanish and English. I think the students get better marks in an environment that respect their mother language and at the same time achieving competency in a second language.
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It is important that students can receive supporting classes to enable them to achieve the objectives set, so they can develop their skills as planned, through the combined efforts of students and teachers.
I agree in lessons teach according to a bilingual program, in English and in Spanish, with equal weight, 50%-50%.Promoting self-improvement and awareness of external needs. Computer resources should be present as a working tool. Increase the study load as they pass the next stage.
The benefits of a bilingual school nowadays for our pupils, will include:
• Integrated curriculum where the Spanish language and English are especially relevant.
• The non-language subjects such as science develop linguistic aspects also in Spanish and English, within a single program.
• A better trained teachers with sufficient English language to teach non-language areas in English.
• Native helpers in our center for the development of spoken English since primary.
• Increased presence of bilingual activities in the classroom and in extracurricular activities and complementary.
• Bringing the language of media and new information technology to students in primary education
• Enhancing the attractiveness of the center for the use of foreign languages in a comprehensive way and precocious.
The building should be functional, of course, adapted for children with any disability. Open in its structure, but at the same time simple. The School should be situated in an easily accessible place, not centrically, not on the outskirts of a city.
I imagine a big school with different buildings, a big garden in the front door, colored walls in the corridor, large classrooms, a big playground, a fully equipped gym, an auditorium… and also the building must be adapted and modern, with sport facilities, library, increasing the number of books available in the library. Also we will need a video library, a reading room and a computer and multimedia room with permanent Internet access. Laboratories (chemistry, physics and biology laboratories), common areas, cafeteria, and personal medical care (In case the children need medical care when carrying out physical education).
The School will implement a bilingual teaching plan from Primary through to the Baccalaureate... This plan allows students to acquire knowledge of Spanish and English from an early stage. The staff´s teachers are natives (most, not all) from the countries whose languages they teach.
From primary education, exchanges are encouraged with schools from other countries.
The School will have a fifty/fifty percent immersion in a bilingual program. This means that 50% of students receive instruction in English and 50% in Spanish. It is different from typical English programs for students who speak Spanish language supported in their native language while learning a second language. Longitudinal research has shown that students with a solid foundation in their native language are more successful in learning a second language.
The school has also incorporated the use of new technologies. The school has a large number of computers distributed in its classrooms, where students are taught applied computer assisted design; image processing, virtual reality, etc Teachers and students from School make use of interactive whiteboards that considerably improves the teaching and learning process.
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The complementary and extracurricular activities account for a substantial part of the School. This allows the students to enhance their social and learning skills. For example: theatre, forum, concerts, cultural excursions (museums, monuments…) and sports. Winter sports, nature activities and water sports.
The school's extracurricular activities are programmed to enable students to become broad-minded and open people, sensitive to the problems of the world around them.
I agree with the importance of music education, it should receive special attention in the school. Young children can learn music through group games designed especially for this age group. All the activities are geared towards achieving a fundamental objective: provide quality education tailored to the needs of students and thus contribute to the development of society.
The main objective of the school are the students, if they are happy students, the School will be working in the right way.
The school will work in the application of more advanced and homogeneous assessment criteria in all areas and levels of teaching, in order to enable a more global evaluation tailored to the progress of individual students.
Where the school look at the future in a world in which languages, new technology and the relationship with the world around them are becoming increasingly important for the integral development of its students.