METHODOLOGY OF WORK
The emphasis of our work lies on student motivation and interest, so we carry out activities that are suitable for our students’ ages, managing to turn learning into an active process.
There is a lot of oral and group work through activities such as role-playing, games, songs, videos and DVDs, oral presentations and open classes. We use computers and the Internet as tools to aid our work in every classroom.
This is how students incorporate vocabulary and structures naturally, manage to loosen up and become more confident to express themselves more spontaneously and fluently.
We also carry out project work, in which students investigate about a given topic from different viewpoints: historical, geographical, statistical, and that of daily life, among others. They then share the information gathered with other groups in their class, in a creative and active way, using all the vocabulary and expressions learnt.
PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES
- Traditional 3- and 4-hour-a-week courses.
- Intensive courses with longer school hours in the morning and the afternoon shifts for students attending a single shift school who would like to attain an English level like the one in bilingual schools.
- Intensive courses for 4 and 5-year-olds, either in the morning or the afternoon shift.
- The institute functions like a language school, with parents getting report cards every two months and students sitting mid-year and final examinations.
- As from the second level (7 & 8 year-olds) students work towards international exams offered by Trinity College London and the University of Cambridge ESOL examinations.
- We aim at excellence in our teaching staff, promoting their continuous development, so that they keep abreast of current ideas and the latest teaching methods, and providing them with state-of-the-art didactic materials.
- General Knowledge Competitions
- Reading Club using classroom libraries
- Educational Theatre outings
- Open classes
We offer our secondary students – 14 and older – the opportunity to participate in a 3-week immersion trip to the United Kingdom in the month of July. During the trip, in addition to having the chance to improve their knowledge of English by attending an intensive course in a renowned institution in the city of Oxford, students take part in social activities and excursions to different tourist spots in the vicinity, as well as guided tours to London (England) and Edinburgh (Scotland) thus becoming fully immersed in the culture of the British Isles.
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Every year primary school students and their teachers prepare a theatrical or musical presentation related to the work carried out in class throughout the school year. The purpose of this activity is to help students loosen up and use English as a means to communicate to parents what they have learned.
Summer Reading Programme
During the summer break we carry out this enriching experience, which has become a valuable tool to promote the habit of reading for pleasure amongst our students. The programme involves the compulsory reading of a title – selected according to the level of English of each group of students – on which several activities are done when classes restart the following year.
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMEEvery year Nightingale School offers its students, from a very early age, the opportunity to sit for different international examinations. These external evaluations allow us to have an objective opinion on students’ performance and on our work as educators. These exams represent for students a source of motivation to learn and improve their level, as they themselves value the study and work opportunities that the diplomas of worldly renowned institutions will allow them to access in the near future. As an educational community we are proud of their performance in the international examinations year after year because it is the evidence of their many attainments on their way towards foreign language proficiency.
TRINITY COLLEGE LONDON
The Trinity College London GESE (Graded Examinations in Spoken English) levels 1-5 are oral examinations that assess students’ acquisition of structures and vocabulary as from the lowest elementary level and their ability to understand and/or produce in accordance to those contents. The exams discourage rote-learning, so students are trained to react spontaneously to answer the questions and carry out the activities presented by the examiners. Some levels require the additional preparation of a topic to be discussed with the examiner on exam day, about which students need to be prepared to answer any questions the examiner might have.
UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
The University of Cambridge – voted best university in the world in 2011- ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Examinations available to our students include examinations for children from the suite CYLE (Cambridge Young Learners of English) Starters, Movers and Flyers and the most traditional, Cambridge: Preliminary (PET), Cambridge: First (FCE) and Cambridge: Advanced (CAE) for students ranging from intermediate to advanced level. Each exam, in ascending order of complexity, evaluates a variety of skills, including reading comprehension, guided and free written production, speaking, listening comprehension and students’ knowledge of Use of English.