«Knowledge of languages is gateway to wisdom.»
– Roger Bacon –
Bilingualism is the main feature of our curriculum. The educational project of Yago School contains a wide range of contents and well-organised activities with the majority in English.
Each year we focus more on this language from Infant 0 in our Nursery, all the way to Secondary, in order to develop our pupils’ bilingualism by immersion in this second language.
Example of bilingualism
Being bilingual is not only having the ability to think and communicate in English but also gives children benefits such as improving social skills, increasing concentration and memorisation among others.
70% of our teaching is developed in English by native or bilingual teachers with teaching experience abroad.
In all the educational stages we haveincreased the number of hours of English as a language and we also teach most of the subjects in this language; Social and Natural Science, Music, P.E., Art, Chinese, ICT and Drama and Public Speaking. Thus children learn the language in a deep and experiential way, significantly expanding the contents and their vocabulary.
In addition, Yago School is characterized by being an international school where English is the main language used in hallways, breaktimes, gardens, dining rooms, and assemblies.
All this is backed by the highest standards in Cambridge University certificates, which undoubtedly represents an added value of competitiveness before beginning university studies.
In order to facilitate the practice of languages and, ultimately, master them, we have study programs abroad, at Riddlesworth Hall School, a school with principles very similar to ours, situated in the south of England. The main objective is that pupils at Yago School have the opportunity to practice and reinforce English abroad.
Yago School introduces Chinese from the age of two and continues in Primary and Secondary, with the aim of pupils completing their Baccalaureate studies communicating fluentlyin Spanish and English, and with a good level of Chinese.
China is already a great economic power with a huge population so being able to communicate in their language is increasingly valued in the business world and in particular teaching. Now that University entrance exams have disappeared, it will be universities themselves that establish their access requirements and, as in the most prestigious international universities, having Chinese as a second language will open the doors for many of our pupils.
Specifically in our country, about 5,000 people study Chinese, according to data from the Chinese Embassy in Spain, with Mandarin being the most spoken language in the world and the one most studied by foreigners.
New pupils that are incorporated from Primary 2 onwards have to take the extra-curricular classes of Chinese obligatorily until they have attained the level of the rest of theirclassmates.
At the discretion of the teaching staff, pupils will be able to present themselves for the official exams of YCT and HSK of the Confucius Institute.