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Charlemagne: “To have another language is to possess a second soul”


BENEFITS OF BEING MULTILINGUAL There are several benefits and education systems are trying to enhance multilingual education. The benefits of multilingualism practices in education include the creation and appreciation of cultural awareness, adds academic and educational value, enhances creativity, adjustment in society and appreciation of local languages. Humans need an organised medium of communication in any given social set up. Some of these benefits are really important for any individual in today's society:

  • Learning a new language boosts cognitive functions.
  • Learning a new language enhances and improves memory.
  • Learning a new language expands your mind and worldview.
  • Speaking a second or third language will boost confidence and increase self-esteem.
Studying a foreign language can increase cultural knowledge and can help you feel more confident when travelling. It’s also a fact that learning a second language improves brain functionality. Studies show that people who speak more than one language have improved memory, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, enhanced concentration, ability to multitask and better listening skills.

ABOUT THIS SUBJECT This subject takes 3 hours a week and it is directed to students of 16-17 years old. Broadly speaking, there are two main reasons for getting students to speak during a lesson: to give students practice of language items (vocabulary, grammar functions etc.) – a language practice aim. to develop students' ability to speak fluently and interactively – a speaking fluency aim. The main objectives of any speaking lesson are (1) to get the learners talking and, once the first objective is achieved, (2) to help them measurably improve their speaking ability.

CONTENTS These are the contents we will be discussing in class: 1. Life After Covid 2. Social Media 3. New Technologies 4. Health 5. A 7 day-trip 6.Festivals and holidays (Cristhmas, Women's Day, Thanksgiving, Blue Monday…) 7.-Getting fit 8.-Going shopping Type of activities: Communicative language teaching is the method we follow. This is based on real-life situations that require communication. By using this method in ESL classes, students will have the opportunity of communicating with each other in the target language. In brief, ESL teachers should create a classroom environment where students have real-life communication, authentic activities, and meaningful tasks that promote oral language. This can occur when students collaborate in groups to achieve a goal or to complete a task. 1.-Role plays 2.-Oral presentation 3.- Making videos 4.-Film analysis 5.-Small projects in groups 6.-Brainstorming 7.-Storytelling 8.- Interviews The activities listed above can contribute a great deal to students in developing basic interactive skills necessary for life. These activities make students more active in the learning process and at the same time make their learning more meaningful and fun for them.

MATERIAL: Teacher uses different types of material, some activities have been taken from the following book. But also the Classroom is used with lots of audiovisual material. Different documentaries or series from Netflix. (13 reasons why is the example)

ASSESSMENT: There is no final exam but all these activities are taken into account for the final mark. Work habits are also important (attitude, behaviour, homework, …). In many of the activities teachers make use of different and updated rubrics. A rubric is an assessment tool that clearly indicates achievement criteria across all the components of any kind of student work, from written to oral to visual. It can be used for marking assignments, class participation, or overall grades. Rubrics of self assessment also allow the student to evaluate his/her own work before submitting.

Here are some tips to help you bring your speaking skills up to speed:

  1. Practise speaking daily.
  2. Talk about a topic.
  3. Listen to native speakers and copy them.
  4. Learn the natural flow of English.
  5. Build English speaking confidence
  6. Find a language exchange partner/join a language community. ...
  7. Improve your pronunciation.
  8. Expand your vocabulary.

Weekly lessons with our internation international language assistant to improve on students' fluency and communcation skill.

Orixe set a goal on designing teacher and student movilities in Europe so we have a long lasting tradition of exchange projects. We have recently been accredited as an ERASMUS + school. Check the link to the website for further information about the exchange programe with SINT ALOYSIUS COLLEGE in Belgium about the topic: THINK GLOBAL, ACT LOCAL

When setting the GOALS for this subject the following sources were taken into account:

  • 17th Sustainable Development Goals
  • Global society challenges for the XXI century
  • EU Council Recommendation on key competences for lifelong learning ( 22 May 2018 )
  1. Understand a wide range of complex oral texts, about general topics or within their speciality or interest areas.
  2. Produce well-organized oral texts, with plenty of structures and nuances of meaning, using a wide range of linguistic and strategic resources and adapting them properly to each communicative situation.
  3. Reach confidence in oral interactions in a spontaneous, understandable and respectful way, with fluency and accuracy, making a good use of the appropriate strategies for each communicative situation.
  4. Automate their knowledge of the language and the linguistic conventions in order to talk in an appropriate, cohesive and correct way, and to understand oral texts.
  5. Develop different learning strategies so as to use the foreign language in an autonomous way and to keep progressing in their learning process.
  6. Get to know the most important social and cultural features of the foreign language in order to understand and better interpret other cultures and foreign languages.
  7. Appreciate the use of oral expression and comprehension of a foreign language as a means to have access to other cultures, and recognize the importance it has as a means of communication and international understanding in a multicultural world, noticing the similarities and differences between different cultures.
  8. Consolidate self-evaluation strategies in the acquisition of the communicative competence in the foreign language, showing initiative, self-confidence and responsibility.
So students will work and develop the following skills and competences: 1.- Linguistic competence, communicative competence 2. Multilingual competence 3.- Social competence 4.- Digital competence 5.- Pertsonal, social and learning to learn competence 6.- Entrepeneurship compentence 7.- Cultural awareness competence