Bilingual Project

Bilingualism at Retamar
At Retamar, throughout Primary and Secondary education, the amount of sessions given in English accounts for around 50% of the school day.
Currently, from Year 1 to year 10, roughly 50% of our classes are taught through English.
At present more than 75% of our final-year pupils hold a certificate in Advanced or Proficiency English. This percentage has been increasing steadily over the last years and we hope that in the coming years all of our pupils will achieve these levels
Retamar fully surpasses the bilingual criteria laid down by the Comunidad de Madrid.

Bilingual Primary and Secondary
READ WRITE INC has been introduced in Years 1 and 2. READ WRITE INC (Oxford University Press): Presently considered to be the most complete method in teaching children to read and enhance both their oral and written expression and spelling, it forms part of the curriculum of 30% of schools in the UK. It is being used (partly and wholly) in several international and British schools in Spain. We have been using Phonics in our English Workshop classes over the last few years. At Primary level, besides the amount of classes devoted to the language itself, the following subjects are also taught in English:
–Social Science
–Natural Science
–Music
–Arts & Crafts
–Physical Education

At Secondary level, besides the language being a subject in its own right, the following subjects are taught in English:
–Geography & History (Years 7 to 10)
–Biology & Geology (Years 7 to 10)
–Physics and Chemistry (Year 8)

In Years 11 and 12, Pre-university Studies in Spanish and the International Baccalaureate can be taken. Since the academic year 2016-2017, the bilingual International Baccalaureate has been made available.

Modern Languages Department Teaching Staff
More than 40 teachers (between those who teach languages and those who form part of the Bilingual Programme) collaborate actively with the Modern Languages Department at the School. Of these, 15 are natives of English-speaking countries.

At Primary level, all pupils will come into contact with a teacher who will make sure a proper pronunciation is achieved. This will normally involve a native English-speaker.

Class organisation, levels and external objectives
From Year 9 upwards and until completion of studies at Retamar, pupils are grouped according to their knowledge of English at the beginning of the school year.

At the Secondary stage, there are two levels: Level 1 (a high knowledge of the language) and Level 2 (a standard knowledge). In the two Pre-university Years, the Levels can be extended to include Levels 3 and 4 taking into account the established objectives and the teaching material being used.

Regarding external objectives, pupils are expected to have reached Level A2 in English by the end of year 6. From Year 7 onwards, pupils will sit for different Cambridge examinations in accordance with their command of the language with PET (B1) being the proposed examination for Year 7. Progressively, every year or every two years, it is compulsory for a pupil to take the external examination corresponding to his level, thus succeeding that by the time he finishes his studies at Retamar he will have attained the Advanced level (C1) and a significant percentage will have gained Proficiency level (C2), besides at the same time preparing for the official state University Entrance Examination.

This enhancement in the use of English both inside and outside the classroom, has led to an ever-increasing number of our pupils taking part in external contests in English, such as the Public- Speaking Competition organised by the Comunidad de Madrid and the Debating Contest at IE University.

Number of English sessions
Pupils in Years 1, 2 and 3 have six sessions of English per week.
Year 4 pupils have five sessions of English per week. Pupils in Years 5 and 6 have six weekly sessions.
In Year 7 there are five sessions per week with those in Years 8 upwards 11 having four. In year 12 there are three weekly sessions

To these amounts must be added further sessions in other subjects that are also taught in English as part of Retamar’s Bilingual Project, these being in Years 1 to 6: Music, Arts & Crafts, Physical Education, Social Science and Natural Science. In Years 7 to 10: Geography & History, Biology & Geology and Physics and Chemistry (Year 8).

This means that throughout Primary and Secondary education, around half the school day is conducted in English.

Bilingual Project

Bilingualism at Retamar
At Retamar, throughout Primary and Secondary education, the amount of sessions given in English accounts for around 50% of the school day.
Currently, from Year 1 to year 10, roughly 50% of our classes are taught through English.
At present more than 75% of our final-year pupils hold a certificate in Advanced or Proficiency English. This percentage has been increasing steadily over the last years and we hope that in the coming years all of our pupils will achieve these levels
Retamar fully surpasses the bilingual criteria laid down by the Comunidad de Madrid.

Bilingual Primary and Secondary
READ WRITE INC has been introduced in Years 1 and 2. READ WRITE INC (Oxford University Press): Presently considered to be the most complete method in teaching children to read and enhance both their oral and written expression and spelling, it forms part of the curriculum of 30% of schools in the UK. It is being used (partly and wholly) in several international and British schools in Spain. We have been using Phonics in our English Workshop classes over the last few years. At Primary level, besides the amount of classes devoted to the language itself, the following subjects are also taught in English:
–Social Science
–Natural Science
–Music
–Arts & Crafts
–Physical Education

At Secondary level, besides the language being a subject in its own right, the following subjects are taught in English:
–Geography & History (Years 7 to 10)
–Biology & Geology (Years 7 to 10)
–Physics and Chemistry (Year 8)

In Years 11 and 12, Pre-university Studies in Spanish and the International Baccalaureate can be taken. Since the academic year 2016-2017, the bilingual International Baccalaureate has been made available.

Modern Languages Department Teaching Staff
More than 40 teachers (between those who teach languages and those who form part of the Bilingual Programme) collaborate actively with the Modern Languages Department at the School. Of these, 15 are natives of English-speaking countries.

At Primary level, all pupils will come into contact with a teacher who will make sure a proper pronunciation is achieved. This will normally involve a native English-speaker.

Class organisation, levels and external objectives
From Year 9 upwards and until completion of studies at Retamar, pupils are grouped according to their knowledge of English at the beginning of the school year.

At the Secondary stage, there are two levels: Level 1 (a high knowledge of the language) and Level 2 (a standard knowledge). In the two Pre-university Years, the Levels can be extended to include Levels 3 and 4 taking into account the established objectives and the teaching material being used.

Regarding external objectives, pupils are expected to have reached Level A2 in English by the end of year 6. From Year 7 onwards, pupils will sit for different Cambridge examinations in accordance with their command of the language with PET (B1) being the proposed examination for Year 7. Progressively, every year or every two years, it is compulsory for a pupil to take the external examination corresponding to his level, thus succeeding that by the time he finishes his studies at Retamar he will have attained the Advanced level (C1) and a significant percentage will have gained Proficiency level (C2), besides at the same time preparing for the official state University Entrance Examination.

This enhancement in the use of English both inside and outside the classroom, has led to an ever-increasing number of our pupils taking part in external contests in English, such as the Public- Speaking Competition organised by the Comunidad de Madrid and the Debating Contest at IE University.

Number of English sessions
Pupils in Years 1, 2 and 3 have six sessions of English per week.
Year 4 pupils have five sessions of English per week. Pupils in Years 5 and 6 have six weekly sessions.
In Year 7 there are five sessions per week with those in Years 8 upwards 11 having four. In year 12 there are three weekly sessions

To these amounts must be added further sessions in other subjects that are also taught in English as part of Retamar’s Bilingual Project, these being in Years 1 to 6: Music, Arts & Crafts, Physical Education, Social Science and Natural Science. In Years 7 to 10: Geography & History, Biology & Geology and Physics and Chemistry (Year 8).

This means that throughout Primary and Secondary education, around half the school day is conducted in English.