The aim of this English program is to give students the opportunity to learn a foreign language covering all the productive and receptive skills: speaking, writing, reading, and listening; giving special emphasis on a communicative competence. At the end of third grade our students should be able to take the Preliminary English Test (PET), a Cambridge examination of English as a foreign language, and the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) obtaining a score that goes from 450 to 560 points of the PBE (Paper Based Exam) depending on the competence of each student. In order to reach these goals the program will attend the following teaching points:

  • GRAMMAR. Grading syllabus that contains the essential grammar tenses and structures needed for the different levels of language proficiency; introduced in communicative contexts and worked through an inductive process.
  • LISTENING. Preparing students through pre-listening, while-listening, and post-listening activities. Using the studentsí background knowledge and a situational context to arrive at the comprehension of the utterances heard, through the use of key words. Listening for gist, listening for details, and inferring meaning from context.
  • READING. Developing reading skills like; guessing words from context, skimming, scanning, and making inferences, as well as reading for pleasure and for information. Exposing students to a variety of texts like novels, magazine articles, letters, etc., working through pre-reading, while-reading, and post-reading activities.
  • WRITING.Presenting models of different kinds of writing like: descriptions, narratives, postcards, mails, letters, etc., that can serve as inspiration for the students own ideas; focusing on the process of writing; brainstorming and organising ideas, collecting information about a topic, drafting, revising and editing their work.
  • VOCABULARY. Developing studentsí vocaburary relating it to a specific topic, through a variety of tasks. These activities usually followed by an oral or written task that helps students to understand how to use the vocabulary in context.
  • FUNCTIONS. Studying and using different key functions like: introducing oneself, asking for personal information, greeting people, asking for and giving opinions, talking about preferences, making comparisons, agreeing, disagreeing, etc.
    The use of videos, CDís, books, magazines, computer programs will offer the opportunity to review and extend the language learned in class doing comprehension, conversation, and language practice activities.