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For English, French and German. The language policy of the Council of Europe establishes the following levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2 to unify guidelines for the learning and teaching of languages in the European context. It provides a common base for the development of language programmes, curriculum guidelines, examinations and textbooks throughout Europe. It also promotes transparency of courses, programmes and qualifications.
Block A: Basic User
- A1: Beginner
- A2: Elementary
Block B: Independent User
- B1: Pre-intermediate
- B2: Intermediate
Block C: Proficient User
- C1: Advanced
- C2: Proficiency
Starting from this basic framework, here we outline our programme of external examinations. The School’s Department of Foreign Languages will present pupils to the different levels and grades based on the objective assessment that the department itself establishes once the individual language skills of each pupil are analysed, and not only in relation to the school year in which they are registered. Therefore, a pupil may enroll in a higher or lower level or grade to that which theoretically corresponds to his/her course, according to the individual assessment that the department issued in each case:
Here we outline a table in which, according to level, we can see the planning of external exams in relation to our language teaching programme in Colegio Los Sauces.
Our teaching English method is communicative, giving priority to oral communication. Classes are taught by bilingual teachers specialised in teaching foreign languages and supported by native speaker teachers in conversation classes. The objective is to prepare our pupils to successfully develop fluency in English-speaking contexts completing their studies at the school with Advanced C1 level from the University of Cambridge and C2 Proficiency from Trinity College London.
Contact with the language begins when they are 2 years old, and daily classes when they are three. They have a half-day programme in English and Spanish for 4 school years (from 4 years old to 2nd Primary).They can take the University of Cambridge Young Learners exams: Starters at the end of the cycle.
In third class Primary they prepare to begin Trinity College oral exams, which they will continue year after year until reaching 2nd Bachillerato and the final level, 12.
In the second and third cycle of Primary, daily classes are supplemented with 2 weekly conversation sessions. At the end of 4th and 6th Primary they can take Cambridge Young Learners: Movers and Flyers examinations respectively.
In order to put into context the language acquired during these years, in 5th, 6th Primary,1st and 2nd Secondary our pupils will spend one month of the school year (June) at our school in Dublin, staying with Irish families. It is an intensive course taught by native speaker teachers. When they are in Secondary school they can continue to come to Ireland in July.
In Secondary school they are prepared for the University of Cambridge Pet exam (level B1) in 2nd and 3rd of ESO ( Compulsory Secondary Education), First Certificate in 4th Eso and 1st Bachillerato (B2 level) completing their education with the Advanced level C1 test in 2nd Bachillerato.
ENGLISH AT LOS SAUCES
|Trinity Oral English Second cycle de Primary; MOVERS 4 Primary||Trinity Oral English 4, 5 de Primary FLYERS 6 Primary||Trinity Oral English 5, 6 Primary PET 2 and 3 ESO||
Trinity Oral English 1,2, 3 ESO FIRST CERTIFICATE IN ENGLISH
4 ESO y 1st Bachillerato
|Trinity Oral English 4 ESO, 1st de Bachillerato CAE Bachillerato||Trinity Oral English 1 y 2 Bachillerato|
UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
TRINITY COLLEGE OF LONDON
Third and Fourth Primary -levels 1,2 and 3
Fifth Primary -levels 4 and 5
Sixth Primary -levels 5 and 6
1st and 2nd ESO-levels 7 and 8
3rd and 4th ESO-levels 9 and 10
1st-2nd Bachillerato levels 11 and 12
DUBLIN PROGRAMME The trip to Ireland is a novel and attractive aspect of our English programme. It is an unique language immersion course for students in 5th and 6th Primary and 1st and 2nd Year Secondary in our centre “Brook House" in Bray (Dublin). Our pupils stay with Irish families and are grouped in small numbers for classes. During their stay they go on cultural visits and familiarise themselves with the culture of the country, putting into practice the knowledge acquired.
EXTRACURRICULAR conversation classes
These classes to prepare the CAE and other reinforcement classes or advancement of language classes for Pre-school, Primary and Secondary pupils are taught by native speaker teachers.
SECOND FOREIGN LANGUAGE
The first contact with the chosen subject, French or German, begins in 5th Primary. Classes are taught in the foreign language and, as in English, using a communicative approach, making the pupils participants in their own learning. Pupils studying German and French in Secondary and Bachillerato can take official external examinations:
- German - Start Deutsch (German) A1 and A2 for 3rd, 4th ESO and Bachillerato
- French - DELF A1, A2, B1 (French) for 3rd, 4th ESO and Bachillerato
- Chinese. Confucius Institute exams through Sinoescola according to their level (only for co-curricular classes).