The society's demands and needs of the 21st century have promoted changes in Education, which now needs to prepare students to live in a progressively international, multicultural and multilingual world and one which is also much more advanced technologically.
Spain is involved as a country member of the European Union in promoting other Community languages, as it is included in one of the Lisbon Strategy's objectives. The Council of Europe establishes in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages guidelines for the learning of languages and also for the assessment of a person's ability in different languages.
The great majority of the students of St. Anne’s have already been studying English for an average of 11 years by the time they reach 1º Bachillerato, having attained a high level of comprehension, and of fluency and accuracy in oral and written production. Most of them will have been successful in the I.G.C.S.E. in English (first or second language) in Year 11 and some will have done Cambridge First Certificate in English (Level B2 - Cambridge ESOL), which is usually taken by our students at the end of Year 9. This means that the students who access Bachillerato at St Anne’s School have already sufficient knowledge and experience in English to allow them to speak fluently in common situations of communication. The aim of the English Department in Bachillerato will be to develop the discursive abilities acquired previously, to enrich them, and increase the fields where they are applied, to include social relations, the arts, science and technology, the academic field, cultural and literary discourse; the media and political awareness.
In Bachillerato it is necessary to reinforce the independence of students, because their needs and future interests will now be clearer. As a consequence, their learning of English at this stage will mean the increase and consolidation of what they know and a development of more specialized abilities depending on immediate and future academic and professional interests.
GENERAL AIMS OF THIS STAGE
The objectives for the study of a foreign language in Bachillerato, as established by the official programme of studies for LOMCE, are to enable the student to do the following:
To develop the capacity to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in normal situations through specific tasks,
To develop communicative strategies, both receptive and productive, in order to exchange information inside and out of the classroom,
To read different types of texts independently, in order to access different sources of information and to find out about cultures and ways of life which are different from their own,
To transfer communication strategies acquired in their mother tongue to the learning of the foreign language, in order to carry out interactive tasks in real or simulated situations,
To reflect on the role of language in the development of autonomy,
To use learning strategies and didactic resources (dictionaries, reference books, multimedia materials etc.) in order to seek information and carry out tasks independently,
To reflect on his/her own learning process and develop an interest in incorporating improvements which lead to success in the tasks carried out,
To gain knowledge of the culture transmitted by the foreign language, developing respect for it and its speakers, to attain a greater international understanding,
To appreciate the value of the foreign language as a means of communication with people who belong to different cultures, and as a means of promoting social and interpersonal relations.
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES AND AREAS OF STUDY
In addition to fulfilling the requirements of the programme of studies established by the Ministry of Education and preparing students to sit the EvAU examinations, in Years 12 and 13 we carry out a series of complimentary activities, which include:
Preparation for The Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (Year 12) and Certificate of Proficiency in English (Year 13).
The Speak truth to Power programme of Human Rights Education through the Robert F Kennedy Foundation.
The study of several literary texts: “An Inspector Calls” by J.B. Priestley; “Animal farm” by George Orwell; “The Kite Runner” by Kahled Hosseini.
An overview of several of Shakespeare’s plays using a combination of videos and extracts: “Hamlet”, “Othello”, “The Merchant of Venice”, “Much Ado about Nothing”.
Poetry analysis and appreciation.
Termly presentations to develop public speaking skills.
Cambridge English: Advanced
This qualification corresponds to Level C1 on the European References Scale and is an in-depth, high-level qualification that is widely accepted by universities, colleges of further education and employers around the world as proof of Effective Operational Proficiency in English language skills.
Preparing for the Advanced English examination helps learners develop the reading, writing and communication skills to enable them to make the most of studying, working and living in English-speaking countries. A large majority of our pupils are successful in this examination in Year 12 (1º de Bachillerato) although some pupils prefer to leave it until Year 13.
The Advanced English qualification is accepted by universities and by employers as evidence that you have the level of English to allow you to:
follow an academic course at university level
communicate effectively at a managerial and professional level
participate with confidence in workplace meetings or academic tutorials and seminars
express yourself with a high level of fluency.
Cambridge English: Proficiency
Those pupils who wish to do so are offered the opportunity to prepare for the Cambridge English: Proficiency examination in Year 13 (2º de Bachillerato). This is the highest qualification offered by Cambridge University, corresponding to level C2 on the European Reference Scale.
A Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) qualification shows the world that you have mastered English to an exceptional level. It proves that you can communicate with the fluency and sophistication of a highly competent English speaker.
Preparing for and passing the exam means you have the level of English that is needed to study or work in a very senior professional or academic environment, for example on a postgraduate or PhD programme.
A pass in Cambridge English: Proficiency is accepted by universities and employers as evidence of an exceptionally high level of English, enabling you to:
study demanding subjects at the highest level, including postgraduate and PhD programmes
negotiate and persuade effectively at senior management level in international business settings
understand the main ideas of complex pieces of writing
talk about complex or sensitive issues, and deal confidently with difficult questions.
In addition, we offer the possibility of preparing and sitting the following examinations.
International English Language Testing System
Many colleges and universities around the world, as well as a large number of companies and institutions, ask applicants to provide an IELTS grade.
This has now become the world's most popular and widely recognized English test for higher education and global migration. It is designed to provide educational institutions, employers, professional registration bodies and government agencies with reliable proof of English language skills as part of their recruitment or admission procedures.
IELTS is designed to test the language ability of people who want to study or work where English is used as the language of communication. Over 2.5 million tests are taken each year. Language skills are graded on a scale from 1-9, with grade 9 corresponding to C2 level.
Cambridge Business English Certificates
Cambridge English: Business Certificates, also known as Business English Certificates (BEC), are a suite of three English language qualifications for international business.
Cambridge English: Business Preliminary (CEFR Level B1)
Cambridge English: Business Vantage (CEFR Level B2)
Cambridge English: Business Higher (CEFR Level C1)
These qualifications will be extremely useful for students and will help them to achieve their ambitions to:
work with international organizations in your own country
study business-related subjects taught in English.
They give evidence of the ability to use English confidently in international business environments.
Speak Truth to Power
At St. Anne’s, we believe that the education that we provide education should prepare our students to make a valuable contribution to the world of their future. We are therefore extremely proud to participate in a human rights education programme that strives to create a global citizenry dedicated to the highest standards of justice and equality.
For the last three years, it has been a huge privilege for the Bachillerato pupils at St Anne’s School to have been chosen to take part in this internationally recognized human rights education programme organized by Robert F Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and working with teachers from the Centre for International Studies here in Madrid. This is the first time that this programme has been taught in Spain, and we are very excited to be the pioneers of this scheme.
The course consists of one hour per week during all the school year. Each week these classes engage the students in debate and discussion of human rights issues through history and in current times. In June, the students receive a certificate stating that they have successfully completed the course.
The Speak Truth To Power curriculum, based on the UN’s principles of human rights education, aims to engage students through the stories of human rights heroes. It encourages curiosity, fosters independent, disciplined thinking and strives to train the next generation to right wrongs in their classrooms, communities, countries and beyond.
“Speak Truth To Power” evolved from Kerry Kennedy’s book entitled “Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World” which is now printed in seven languages. Featuring interviews with more than 50 human rights defenders -“heroes every one,” in Nelson Mandela’s words - the book is a remarkable tribute to the human spirit.
Ms Kennedy’s inspiration for setting up the program came from some words spoken by her father, Robert F Kennedy, in his famous “ripple of hope” speech in 1966:
“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centres of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
The photo on the left shows Miss Kerry Kennedy, the youngest daughter of Robert F Kennedy and founder of the RFK Foundation, speaking in our Bachillerato Department to our students during her visit to St. Anne’s School in 2016.
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