Bilingual Approach


We are confident that through our bilingual approach, our children will learn to speak, read and write in English. The children are immersed in a bilingual environment every day with native French and English speakers this will enable each child to build a sound working knowledge of each language and to learn about British and American culture in a fun way.

The Preschool and Kindergarten classes each have an English-speaking teacher. The children therefore hear English throughout the day; this is of course reassuring for the native English speakers and the best way to learn English for the non-English speakers.  English speaking activities take place every day in the form of games, songs, poems, sport activities and outdoor learning.

We try to make the classes as much fun and interactive as possible.  Each week a topic is chosen this can be a topic linked to the season, a holiday, a book and many more.  The children will learn vocabulary words linked to the topic and eventually use them in sentences.  They will play games, learn songs and do an art activity all based on the topic of the week.

The older children in the school take the Cambridge English Exam at the end of the year and therefore spend a large part of the year preparing for it.  As half the day is spent learning English, part of this time is reserved for art activities, music such as learning songs the children choose together, drama and outdoor activities.

Cambridge English

cambridgeyl2English as an Additional Language (EAL) is taught using Cambridge English method. Cambridge English is a unique approach to teaching, learning and assessing English. It combines the experience andCambridge Tests vs CEFR expertise of Cambridge English Language Assessment and Cambridge University Press.

Cambridge English: Young Learners is a series of motivating, activity-based language tests, specially designed for children in primary (and lower-secondary) school. Students are introduced to everyday written and spoken English; the two combined are an excellent way for the children to gain confidence and improve their English.

Cambridge levels are aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) – the international standard for describing language ability. Click the next picture to enlarge it.

My School prepares the older children to take the Cambridge English Exam to evaluate their progress. The tests offer natural progression towards other Cambridge English for Schools exams, so the students can continue to build up confidence in English step by step.

 

English as a First Language

In addition, there is also a class for children with English as a First Language, meaning those who have been educated in the English language and who are native English speakers. The English lessons in this class are based on the British curriculum and focus on speaking, listening, reading, writing, spelling and grammar.

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