English is the language of business, of travel, of science, and of technology; it is the language of prestigious university lectures and also the language of popular media, including your children’s favorite Netflix series and Youtube influencers.
Fortunately, students at Yago School have a real advantage when it comes to learning English as a second language.
While it’s easy to buy books and other materials in English these days, it is not as simple to create an environment that is conducive to learning English from many different fronts at once: we have established this at Yago. From the formal academic setting to the more informal non-academic one, Yago pushes students of all ages to hone their communicative skills in all areas of the language. Native English-speaking teachers and updated, more modern literature and projects related to life in the real world are some of the ways that students connect to the language from more than one dimension.
At the early stages of Nursery and Infant, students begin their English language journey in the best way we know how: through beloved stories, rhymes, and songs. Our babies and toddlers are immersed in the language, and often cannot even distinguish that they are singing a song in English – it is natural to them. As students reach Primary, they begin to see the results of their hard work on the Cambridge Young Learners exams, where they shine at the Starters, Movers, and Flyers levels, many even receiving their B1 certificates by the end of Primary 6. Projects are one of the main ways that English teachers peak student interest and get them involved in their own learning process, having lots of fun along the way.
Once students arrive at Secondary, they are constantly putting their comprehension and expression skills to the test. In preparation for the real world, all students take the official Cambridge language exams, excelling at all levels from B1 Preliminary to C2 Proficiency. Once such a high level is achieved, students can begin to not only use their language skills to better analyze modern literature and poetry, but they can also participate in projects and activities that are entertaining and enriching for them, such as formal debates and the creation and execution of podcasts. This all culminates in the International Baccalaureate (IB) experience, where students communicate at such a high level of English, that they are able to analyze literary and non-literary sources with ease, create and present presentations, take part in complicated ethics debates, and think outside the box just as they do in their native Spanish.
We understand that it is imperative for Yago students to see the importance of English as an international language in their lives as a way to open academic and occupational doors, as well as a way to communicate with other global citizens they meet in their travels.
We are confident that Yago School provides the best possible environment for this important process of language acquisition and we look forward to continuing to see all the fruits of our labor as our students move on to the university and beyond!