Multilingualism

English, French and German

English is Bell-lloc’s first foreign language, from P-0 to the second year of upper secondary school. All students study it from the first year of primary school to the second year of upper secondary school. Their learning is enhanced through its use as a vehicular language in other subjects throughout the different educational stages, as well as in the preparation of students for the official Cambridge University and Oxford University tests.

To improve students’ oral proficiency, Bell-lloc has native speaking assistants, who talk with them outside the classroom in small groups on a regular basis.

From the 6th year of primary school to the 4th year of secondary school, a second foreign language may be taken as an optional subject . Their learning is also strengthened by preparing students for the external tests of the Alliance Française and the Goethe Institute.

Primary school

All primary school years do 5 hours of instrumental English a week, combined with the use of English as a vehicular language in other learning sessions.

In the Initial Cycle of Primary school, a CLIL course is done (with English as the vehicular language).

In the 6th year, students with good language skills can choose German or French as an optional subject. Students who do not opt for this second language will spend two more hours consolidating English.

On the other hand, students are preparing for the Cambridge University Young Learners exams: Starters (Primary 2), Movers (Primary 4) and Flyers (Primary 6).

Secondary school

In the 1st and 2nd years of secondary school there are 4 hours of English per week. The level taught is the B1 of the European Framework for Languages of the European Union. At this stage students are preparing for the Cambridge University Preliminary English Test (PET).

On the other hand, in the 1st year of secondary school, the English language is used as the vehicular language in some subjects of the Social subject areas, and in the 2nd year of secondary school, the Music subject is taught entirely in English.

Students who have chosen French or German as an optional subject spend two hours a week in a second foreign language. The rest of the students do an extra hour of English consolidation.

In the 3rd and 4th  years of secondary school there are 3 hours of English per week. The level taught is the B2 of the European Framework for Languages of the European Union. At this stage, students are preparing to take the First Certificate (FCE) exam at Cambridge University or the Oxford Test of English at Oxford University.

In addition, English is used as a standard working language in the optional Entrepreneurship (Being an Entrepreneur) subject, both in the 3rd and 4th years of Secondary school.

Students who have chosen French or German as an optional subject spend two hours a week in a second foreign language. At the end of the stage the students can take the exam B1 in French or A2 / B1 in German.

Baccalaureate

In Baccalaureate, 3 hours of instrumental English are taught per week, and English is also the usual working language in the Anthropology and Business Economics subjects.

The level taught is B2 for the National Baccalaureate students, and C1 for the students that choose the International Baccalaureate, through the foreign language at the Diploma Programme level.