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We believe language is essential to most human activities. It is the principal means, by which we experience, create and interpret the changing world in which we live. It is the way we think and communicate.

We believe that learning other languages is essential in a global world. It allows students to gain access to realities beyond their native language concepts and thus contributes to international understanding.

In our language courses, we aim to provide a programme that allows students to develop proficiency in the target language. In addition, our courses strive to offer a range of opportunities to become better acquainted with the culture, customs, history and geography of the countries where the language is spoken.

Spanish Beginners
Beginners' Spanish is an introductory course to the Spanish language and culture. The students will learn the basics of the language through a theme-based approach encompassing the four language skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Main topics: All about me (greeting and introducint oneself), languages and nationalities, family and friends, pets, the time, school, my daily routine, sports and other  leisure activities. Students will also learn about the customs and culture in Spanish-speaking countries.

Grammar topics include the present tense of regular and some commonly used irregular verbs, definite and indefinite articles, possessive adjectives, noun-adjective agreement and the future tense with "ir".

Many activities and projects related to these themes will enable students to research and link to the MYP areas of interaction.

Students will be encouraged to communicated in Spanish. "Getting the message across" is a priority, but the importance of correct grammar, spelling and pronunciation will be emphasized.

Learning resources include textbooks, worksheets, magazines for young people, electronic flash cards, games, selected websites, etc.

Spanish Intermediate I (Year 2)
Intermediate 1 is a continuation of the Beginner’s course with an emphasis on developing more proficiency in the language and a focus on interactive skills.

Some themes include the weather, foods, clothes, holidays and biographies. The students will have the opportunity to read their first short novel in Spanish.

Some of the new grammar topics are the present tense of stem-changing verbs, the present progressive, impersonal verb structures with "se", demonstrative adjectives, direct object pronouns and the pret. indefinido (preterite tense).

Spanish Standard

Spanish Intermediate II (Year 3)
Spanish Intermediate II is a continuation of the first foundation years.

Vocabulary and grammar topics taught in the previous years are reviewed and reinforced. Students will learn new structures and expressions which will enable them to express their ideas more accurately. They will have the opportunity to read more complex texts and be involved in discussions and debates. In this course we will "travel" deeper into the cultural aspects of the Hispanic world.

Main topics: at the doctor's, our ancestors, memories of our childhood and environmental issues.

Some of the new grammar topics include pret. imperfecto, contrast between pret. imperfecto and pret. indefinido (preterite tense), indirect object pronouns, relative and indefinite pronouns as well as other determiners.

Spanish Intermediate III (Year 4)
After three years of Spanish the students can communicate their thoughts with more ease. New grammatical tools and more specific vocabulary will enable them to refine their wording, write newspaper articles and argumentative essays and participate in more complex debates.

Main topics: analysing school rules, the story of the Andes survivors, different personalities and natural disasters.

Some of the new grammar topics are the present perfect, the pluperfect, a contrast of the main past tenses, relative pronouns with prepositions and the conditional tense.


Spanish Advanced (Year 5)
During the final year of the MYP programme the students will learn to communicate complex ideas and opinions more accurately and effectively by using a wide range of structures and vocabulary. A variety of formal texts such as letters of application and résumés as well as book and film reviews will be analysed and produced.


Main topics: careers, technology and the media, child labour in the third world and the cinema.

Some of the new grammar topics are the future tense, periphrastic constructions, commands and the present subjunctive (only pre-IB class).

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