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MYP Language Acquisition

At The Magellan International School, the goals of language acquisition classes in middle school aim at understanding other languages apart from itself, so that students learn to understand that different cultures and languages give identity to a community. Each student’s study of languages in Middle School at MIS is based upon his or her proficiency Spanish and Mandarin.

Spanish Language Acquisition

For students coming to MIS without Spanish language proficiency, they will receive language instruction through Middle School in the following ​​phases:

Phase 1: Students begins the process of learning a language using ABC Spanish: phonics, word structure, sentence structure and meaning, and construction of basic texts for everyday situations.  They practice speaking Spanish continuously with both teacher and classmates, achieving a significant learning of the second language. The student reads, understands and analyzes short texts in Spanish. Examples of lessons include:

  • The students in groups will design and present a radio novel in Spanish, the result will be recorded in audio.
  • The students will read a book according to their level and will make a presentation as booktubers, where they will share their personal opinions.

Phase 2: Students present small written and oral projects in Spanish on topics related to the culture of a region, personal tastes, daily situations and geographic locations. They use more elaborate language to express his / her ideas in class and will understand more extensive and complex texts. Examples of lessons include:

  • The student will cook food from some region of the country or the world, prepare it and record the steps to do so. Your result will share it with your classmates.
  • The student will make an essay on the timeline and action sites of the play a Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

Phase 3: Students understand the purpose of oral and written communication in Spanish, can give instructions, inform, make personal reflections that can be shared in writing. There is a more formal use of the basic norms of Spanish grammar. Examples of lessons include:

  • Students will design a timeline and actions of the work Pinocchio the talking tree.
  • Students will create a fantastic story, taking into account grammar and basic spelling.

Mandarin Language Acquisition

Middle School students at The Magellan International School who developed proficiency in Spanish during the Primary Years may participate in the Mandarin language acquisition program. The primary goal of this program is to ensure that students are able apply language skills in Mandarin speaking countries with Mandarin speakers.

Courses focus on simple Chinese words, phrases, and expressions useful in daily life and also in the Chinese culture. Students begin learning the pinyin typing system and maintain the writing skills learned during the Primary Years. Students will learn compound sentence and complex sentences instead of simple sentences in order to express ideas and opinions with higher-level sentence patterns. Technology resources are used to enhance the learning.

Students follow a comprehensive curriculum and receive individual attention. Small multi-level classes encourage a highly individualized approach. Students are guided through the writing process, from the outline to the final draft, and have many opportunities for improvement through self and peer assessment.

Learning goals for include:

  • Students can interpret and construct meaning from spoken and visual texts to understand how images presented with oral text interplay to convey ideas, values and attitudes.
  • Students can construct meaning and interpret written and visual text to understand how images presented with written text interplay to convey ideas, values and attitudes.
  • Students develop their communication skills by interacting on a range of topics of personal, local and global interest and significance, and responding to spoken, written and visual text in the target language.
  • Students recognize and use language suitable to the audience and purpose (for example, home, classroom, formal and informal, social, academic contexts).

Students apply their understanding of linguistic and literary concepts to develop a variety of structures, strategies and techniques.