Becoming Academically Bilingual

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  • Spanish, English, Mandarin Chinese

    At Magellan, our students experience a vibrant multilingual learning model, with Spanish immersion and English and Mandarin Chinese instruction.
Our goal is for students to become academically bilingual in Spanish and English and to develop basic communication skills in Mandarin. Studying multiple languages nurtures international-mindedness and compliments the skills students are building through the International Baccalaureate programs. Our Spanish language immersion program begins with our preschool students, a strategic time for language acquisition. Young children are still building their brain architecture and can more easily acquire multilingual skills through their daily classroom interactions. As students progress at Magellan, language skill development is focused on all foundational linguistic skills: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.

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  • Spanish

    Magellan students spend 50 to 80% of their day immersed in Spanish. Our students develop fluency and learn to read, write, speak and understand Spanish.
  • English

    Through intensive English instruction, Magellan students build advanced native language skills. Students explore literary genres and create a variety of texts. Starting at age 3, they make presentations in both English and Spanish.
  • Mandarin Chinese

    Magellan students begin studying Mandarin Chinese in 3rd grade. Utilizing the Pinyin and Chinese Simplified Characters, students learn to exchange everyday thoughts, ideas and information in Mandarin.

Spanish at a Glance

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  • 661M

    Worldwide Speakers
  • 460M

    Native Speakers
  • 28

    Official Language in 28 Countries

English at a Glance

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  • 1.39B

    Worldwide Speakers
  • 379M

    Native Speakers
  • 36

    Official Language in 36 Countries

Chinese at a Glance

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  • 1.1B

    Worldwide Speakers
  • 917M

    Native Speakers
  • 21

    Official Language in 21 Countries

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  • Benefits of Language Inmersion

    Magellan International School is an official, authorized testing site for the Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE), the Youth Chinese Test (YCT), the HSK Chinese Proficiency Test. Testing is offered throughout the year to Magellan students as well as those from the Austin area and beyond to validate and certify the level of language learning.

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  • Improved Cognition and Brain Function

  • Expanded Social and Economic Opportunities

  • Increased Empathy

  • Greater Cultural Awareness

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  • DELE Exams

    Magellan International School is proud to be an official testing center for the DELE Exams, a certification granted by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain for competence and mastery of the Spanish language.
  • The Youth Chinese Text

    The Youth Chinese Text (YCT) is an international standardized test of Chinese language proficiency launched by the Confucius Institute-Hanban in order to encourage foreign students to learn Chinese and improve their Chinese language proficiency. Magellan International School is proud to be an official testing center for the YCT.
  • The Chinese Proficiency Test

    The Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK), an international standardized test of Chinese language proficiency, assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives. HSK consists of six levels. Magellan International School is proud to be an official testing center for the HSK.