Casvi educational project: multilingualism in the classroom

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One of the cornerstones of the Casvi educational project is multilingualism. Speaking several languages in an interconnected society is basic. Being able to speak English, French and German will help our pupils to communicate in any situation, in any country and with any person, because we know that international mobility will be a constant in their future. For this reason, at the school we promote an international mentality with a methodology based on the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the learning of three languages.

According to Ethnologue magazine, English will be spoken by 1348 million people in 2021. It is the most spoken language in the world if we add native and non-native speakers. Spanish is in 4th place, while French (267 million speakers) and German (135 million speakers) are 7th and 12th, respectively.

Learning another language is a bit like becoming someone else.

Haruki Murakami

At Casvi Boadilla, we develop multilingualism in the following way. Within the school timetable and as a curricular subject, we teach English from the age of 2 in real and close contexts. To this language, we add French and German from Middle School onwards, all of which are taught by native and bilingual teachers.

In order to encourage meaningful learning, classes are in small groups. In addition, we have specific conversation classes in which they develop their language skills. In these classes, they put into practice their oral expression in contexts that they could reproduce in real life. Through role-plays and the presentation of projects, they improve their fluency and learn new expressions and vocabulary.

 

Multilingualism from 7th grade

It is with the transition from Primary to Middle School when our students begin to learn French and German as a second and third foreign language. Thus, once they have consolidated their command of English, they face the learning of these new languages with audacity.

Casvi Boadilla’s educational project in relation to multilingualism also includes pupils with learning difficulties. In this case, the Guidance Department collaborates with the language teachers in the necessary adaptations and carries out a follow-up, thus making education inclusive. An also, if the pupil arrives from abroad with no knowledge of Spanish, we provide specific attention. All these measures are included in our diversity plan.

Languages, an open door to the world

Languages are a loudspeaker to the world. In order to interact in the globalised society of the 21st century, it is not enough to develop communicative skills in one’s own language; we are aware of the need for a multilingual education. A new language introduces us to a new culture and helps us to develop an open mind.

Benefits of multilingualism

But it has also other benefits:

  • Students who speak several languages have better memory and attention span.
  • It stimulates the brain and cognitive functions.
  • They are better problem solvers and will tackle problems as risk takers.
  • They develop an open mind, understanding the diversity of cultures as a way of enriching our minds.
  • Their oral and written expression, their communication skills, developing as good communicators are improved.
  • They will have an advantage in the future to study at the university of their choice. They will also have more possibilities in their future job, especially in those with international projection.

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