Our school is firmly committed to language teaching and to offering the corresponding official accreditation. This is a basic pillar for the international education we promote.
There are many reasons to enroll at Yago School, but among the most important to our parents is our international character and multilingual teaching. We give absolute priority to English, with 70% of the day taught in English, 30% in Spanish, and curricular Chinese as a second language from Nursery to Primary 6. Students have the option of taking Chinese or French starting in Secondary, rounding off our offer of the four most used languages in the world.
Knowing and mastering these languages will improve our students’ employment options, as they will be completely prepared to work in a globalised market.
Bilingualism is the main characteristic of our curriculum. Yago School’s educational project has a wide range of well-organized contents and activities, with English as the protagonist in the majority.
Every year, we put more and more confidence into this language starting in Nursery 0 up to Secondary in order to lend to our students’ bilingualism through immersion in this second language.
“70% of the daily classes are conducted entirely in English, with the exception of Mathematics and Spanish Language”
In addition, Yago School is characterized as a school with an international character where English is the main language used in hallways, recess, gardens, dining room, and assemblies. In addition, our School offers curricular subjects to promote debate, public speaking, writing workshops, and essays on different topics in order to develop oral and written communication in English. This makes students confident enough to use English spontaneously and naturally.
To further strengthen students both linguistically and culturally, from PYP 1 (Infant 3) students begin to read books in English which aim not only to provide them with language skills but also to introduce them to topics such as values, personal growth and cultural awareness. From PYP 4 (Primary 1) onwards, students read a series of novels in English to further deepen their cultural skills and appreciation.
We are endorsed by the highest levels achieved by students in Cambridge University qualifications, which undoubtedly adds to their competitive edge before they begin their university studies.
In order to facilitate language practice and to acquire better command, we offer our students exchange and study abroad programs. In Primary, students can opt to go to Riddlesworth Hall School, a school with very similar principles to ours located in the south of England. In Secondary, we combine study abroad and exchange programs with different durations in countries like Ireland, the USA, and Canada. The main objective is for Yago School students to have the opportunity to practice and reinforce the language abroad while they mature, broaden their vision of the changing world, and gain in competitiveness for their personal and professional futures.
Every year more than 3 million people take one of the Cambridge ESOL exams. These exams are world-renowned and the qualifications obtained are internationally recognised by all types of institutions as tangible proof of language proficiency.
Our students are required to sit the exams at different levels at the school starting at:
PYP 5 – Primary 2 (Starters)
PYP 6 – Primary 3 (Movers), PYP 8 – Primary 5 (A2 KET)
PYP 9 – Primary 6 (B1)
2° Secondary (B2)
4° Secondary (C1)
“We are the only school in Western Andalusia authorized by the Confucius Institute as an examination center for the YCT and HSK Chinese exams”
At the teacher’s discretion, students may take the Confucius Institute’s official YCT and HSK certificates.
Yago School introduces Chinese from the early age of two. Our students continue with this language in Primary and Compulsory Secondary Education, with the aim of finishing their Baccalaureate studies communicating fluently in Spanish and English and with a good communicative level of Chinese.
China is already a great economic power with a huge population and consequently, being able to communicate in their language is increasingly valued in the business world as well as in education. In the most prestigious international universities, providing official qualifications in Chinese as a second language opens doors for our students.
As a third language, we offer our students the advantage of learning Mandarin Chinese. Our teachers are native and bring us closer to Chinese culture every day. We know that it is the language of the future and the importance it can have for students. We prepare our students to obtain the different official qualifications while we try to capture their interest by showing them how different and interesting this language and culture is.
New students joining from PYP 6 (Primary 3) will have to take the extracurricular Chinese course until they reach the level of the rest of their classmates, so that their first contact with the language will be more welcoming.
We have become the only School in Western Andalusia recognised by the Confucius Institute as an Examination Centre for the YCT and HSK exams, obtaining the official language qualification.
Every year we receive registrations from all kinds of people who come to our facilities to take the exams for these levels of Chinese.
Starting in Secondary, students can choose to continue studying Chinese or opt for French.
Until the 20th century, French was the language of diplomacy, and today it continues to play an important role in organizations such as the UN, the EU, and the IMF.
“They not only acquire knowledge of the French language, but also apply this knowledge to real situations and prepare for the official external DELF-DALF exams of the Alliance Française.”
It is in our interest that students finish their studies at Yago School with sufficient communicative ability in a third language.
French is a language that shares roots with Spanish and is therefore easier for our students to grasp more quickly. In addition, there are more than 300 million French speakers in the world, including countries such as France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, Haiti, and many countries in Africa.
Learning French changes our students’ perception of the world, as they develop an open and critical mentality, and a window to knowledge of other cultures, ideas and lifestyles.
The incorporation of French, as an option instead of Chinese from Secondary onwards, allows us to achieve the objective of fluent communication in a third language, which is certified with the DELF-DALF certificates of the Alliance Française.
At the discretion of the teaching staff, students take the official DELF-DALF diplomas of the Alliance Française each year. The DELF (Diplôme d’études en langue française) and the DALF (Diplôme approfondi de langue française) are two of the most popular French language exams in the world. The exam is designed to assess the ability to use French in a professional and personal environment. It is divided into four levels: A1, A2, B1 and B2.
Learning languages not only provides the ability to think and communicate in English, Spanish, Chinese, or French, but also gives children benefits such as improved social skills, and increased concentration and memorization. Most of our teaching load is taught in English by native or bilingual teachers with teaching experience abroad.
“For our students, speaking English, Spanish, and Chinese, the three most widely used languages in the world, is a huge competitive advantage thanks to the international education we provide”.
The advantage of learning a language in the place of origin is the enriching personal experience that living away from home in another country brings to the student. Summer programs, cultural exchanges, and terms abroad constitute one of the most enriching experiences in your children’s most formative stage.
The advantage of learning a language at origin is the enriching personal experience of living away from home in another country. Summer programmes, cultural exchanges and stays abroad are one of the most enriching experiences in the most formative stage of our students’ education.
So that parents can have all the information and make decisions about which experiences are the best options for each child, our International Experiences Coordinator, Ms. Victoria Clerkin, is always available to advise and put parents in contact with study companies abroad, as well as to offer internal exchange programs for Secondary students. One of these programs is the two-week cultural exchange with the IB The Newman School in Boston, United States. If you are interested in finding out more about the option of broadening a student’s global perspective, whether it is with a host family or participating in a cultural exchange or studying abroad for a term, you will be delighted to know how much Yago can offer.
Bilingualism is the ability to communicate and think in two languages. Being bilingual requires a process of assimilating vocabulary, grammatical structures and ideas from different languages. Some parents think that learning two languages at the same time can confuse children or delay language, but this belief is wrong. Bilingual children mix words from the languages harmlessly until they learn to distinguish between the two languages. They do this temporarily and it disappears naturally as they grow older and develop both languages.
As many as he/she wants. Children have very malleable brains and this allows them to learn many languages, especially from 0 to 5 years old. Listening and speaking several languages at the same time does not affect the child negatively, but on the contrary, it improves their verbal expression and communication skills. Therefore, Yago students will finish their studies bilingual in Spanish and English, and will have a great communicative capacity in Chinese and/or French.
It does! Children who learn two or more languages at the same time stimulate their cognitive capacity and perform better in other subjects. Learning two languages at the same time helps them develop superior reading and writing skills, improves their social adaptability, affects their self-esteem and self-confidence, favors access to knowledge, and contributes to better mental health.
Our school has a multitude of spaces throughout the campus where English is the language used by both teachers and students to communicate.
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