The Secondary Stage consists of four academic years, divided in two-year cycles. As in Primary Stage, throughout all this four years, English classes are divided in two groups, so that students can receive individualised attention and learn at their own pace.
At this stage, students not only have to consolidate the use of English as a communication tool, but also learn how to use it as a source of information and as a working tool in a world where English is gradually becoming the lingua franca.
Considering this, the classes of Technical Drawing (2º and 3º ESO) and Technology (1º ESO) are taught in English, allowing the students to become familiar with the use of English for technical-technological purposes.
Learning a language is much more than learning its grammar rules or its vocabulary. The goal of our teachers is for students to grow to love English and know the culture of the countries where it is spoken. With this in mind, the school offers exchange programs with two schools: the Southbourne School of English (England) and Southington School (United States). This also is a unique opportunity for our students to establish bonds with teenagers and families from English-speaking countries and to use English in a meaningful context.
As well as this, our school organises a wide range of activities related to English culture. For example, every year the company SOS in Action visits us with fun and interactive theatre playswhere the students immerse themselves in an only-English fiction where they participate actively in a dynamic and pedagogical atmosphere. As well as this, our school organises a trip to atheatre, where students attend a play performed in English.
Last but not least, as part of the benefits of being a part of the BEDA Programme, students have the possibility to take officialCambridge Exams. The schedule for 2015/2016 is that students will sit the following exams:
- End of 2º ESO: PET
- End of 4º ESO: FCE
Being involved in BEDA Programme provides the school with the opportunity of hiring a Language Assistant who shows our students the importance of having their minds open to new languages and cultures.