Languages occupy a predominant place in the philosophy of the Juan de Lanuza School. In and out of the classroom, from 2 to 18 years old, students have endless opportunities to develop their language skills in several languages - English, French, German and Chinese. They are part of their own identity.
The native and bilingual teachers, with experience in the United Kingdom, the United States and Spain, in France, Germany and China, strive to keep themselves professionally updated to accompany and direct the students in their foreign language learning with active and innovative methodologies and materials and own resources that put the focus on the student and encourage their autonomous and meaningful learning.
The first thing they learn is English. At two years old, children are immersed in a 100% English environment. Throughout the day, they are accompanied by their teacher who always speaks to them in English. He tells them stories, they sing, they create, they play, they always learn through English.
Between three and five years, children spend half of each day with their English teacher. This does not teach them English as such; teaches them through English and accompanies them in their learning through projects, research, games, stories, songs, art and movement. It will also teach them to read in English with the JOLLY PHONICS system.
During the Primary stage, the children spend half of the day with their English teacher learning something more of the language itself and, with the CLIL methodology, all the curricular content of the social sciences and the natural sciences. Through projects, following the methodology of LANE CLARK, which also teach them to think and learn better. Visual plastic projects will be carried out with the plastic specialist. At the end of the stage, they will have a level A2 – B1 according to the CEFR.
In addition, in 1st grade, students are given the opportunity to start in another foreign language – German or French. This approach to another language at such an early age allows them to hear and identify the sounds and meanings of another language and to imitate and reproduce these sounds in a very natural way. They will continue to deepen their knowledge even up to 18 years if they wish, being able to certify a B2 level before finishing their studies at the School.
In the Secondary stage, students continue their learning of English in their own subject and also through other subjects such as social sciences, natural sciences, plastic arts, citizenship and ethical values. At the end of the stage, they can certify that they have a B2 – C1 according to the CEFR and throughout the Baccalaureate stage they can certify a native level with the Cambridge Proficiency (C2 CEFR).
And with this complete language training, every year there are students of Juan de Lanuza who decide to continue studying abroad – in the United Kingdom or in the United States – perfectly trained to study a university degree in English at the University of Cambridge, Imperial College, Warwick …
Approach to other cultures
Learning a language is not just a matter of learning its grammar and lexicon, it’s not just about knowing how to communicate. To truly master a language, we believe that we also need to know about the culture of the countries where it is spoken. Under this premise, every year many activities are organized that bring students closer to the customs and traditions of countries where English, French or German is spoken.
The most popular and fun holidays are celebrated – Halloween, Guy Fawkes, Shrove Tuesday, St Patrick’s Day, April Fool’s Day, …
We recognize the greatness of William Shakespeare through projects and recreational activities.
We participate in ETwinning collaborative projects in French and German with countries throughout the European Community.
We travel to England, the United States, Sweden, Canada, France and Germany, participating in exchanges and more specifically to London, Paris and Berlin to enjoy cultural trips.
Global Classroom Project
One of the objectives of the Juan de Lanuza School since its inception has been to develop the multilingual learning of its students. The teaching of a language should not be limited to the classroom and it is our responsibility to provide our students with a communicative competence in the three languages that are part of our curriculum and the possibility of applying what they have learned in real world situations that surround them.
With this purpose, and almost at the same time as the school, the Aula Global program was born with the purpose of developing experiences in other countries that allow the ESO and Baccalaureate students of our center to improve their linguistic competence and contribute to their knowledge of other cultures and a greater sensitivity to the experience and lifestyles of people in other countries.
Reading and theatre programs
Reading at home
As a complement for the academic training and in order to encourage reading in English among the students, we offer an English book magazine of the Scholastic editorial three times a year.
The books advertised are among the most read by children and young people in the UK and America, and allow our students to enjoy the most up-to-date and attractive titles in the market.
The Home Libraries project is another way to encourage reading, besides promoting other values such as sharing and caring for the common material in the classrooms’ libraries.
These libraries include a variety of books which are attractive for different ages, therefore motivating the children to always have a book in their working table and also at home.
Outings to the theatre / Drama
Each year we offer the students the opportunity to watch theatre plays in English in some of the city’s theatres or at our own school. There are several national companies that have English or American actors and make boys and girls have a good time with their plays, specially adapted for them. Although it is not always easy to find companies which adjust their contents to our students’ English level, they already know us and adapt to our needs when they visit us.
We also represent our own plays with the help of our Drama teachers who help with the preparation of scripts, costumes and staging of small works that bring the public closer to what life is like in Britain through the stereotypes that we all know.
Foreign Language Festivals
Because we value everything our pupils know and say in the languages they learn, every year we celebrate two festivals – one to celebrate in English and another to recognize and share everything learned in French and German.
They are festive days full of shows and playful activities and the protagonists are them, our students. These days we all carry stickers with slogans that promote language learning and we are invited to witness the performances that each class prepares for us, such as nursery rhymes, songs or plays.
Aware of the need imposed by the world of work to have the certification of knowledge of foreign languages by recognized entities, a high percentage of students of the Juan de Lanuza School are presented with official exams in order to obtain a degree that recognizes their skills in an official and internationally recognized way, such as those of the University of Cambridge, the iELTS (British Council), the Official School of Languages, the Goethe Institute and the DELF of the French Institute.
The Juan de Lanuza School itself is an authorized center to host the examinations of the University of Cambridge, and is a Preparatory Center. Among our teachers we have Cambridge Official Examiners, who know the requirements of these exams.
Happy & Living English
Each summer we turn Juan de Lanuza School into a very amusing urban camp during the first fortnight of July. Open to boys and girls of the ages from 3 to 12, Happy & Living English proposes numerous fun activities, all of them in English, tutored by a native teacher either from the school or from the outside.
Among the activities we offer: reading, theatre, painting, art, dancing, board games, British sports, cooking and many more. And since it is summer and the holidays have already started we never miss out on the SPLASH moment in the swimming-pool’s water.
Something new included for the first time in the last edition was camping at the school. The last day of the camp, the boys and girls who wanted to were able to stay for more games, pizza, a nightly walk with torchlights around the school, and finally, spending the night in sleeping mattresses. We all had a lot of fun and we will surely have to repeat the experience in future editions.