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A Bilingual Education

No one can doubt that the mastery of several languages is a great advantage, giving a head start for their future.  Based in the capital of Europe, our school has opted for the combination of English and French. 

Children who have followed our primary school curriculum will be fully fluent by the end of their sixth year and should have a working knowledge after only one year. Specialist teachers in English (ESL) and French (FLE) offer necessary support to those children arriving with little or no English or French.    The curriculum followed in the primary department is based on the Belgian programme for the French-speaking component, and on the Cambridge Primary Programme, for English. Children who follow our curriculum should have no difficulty integrating into other English-speaking, French and international schools.

English

As a Cambridge accredited school, our English Programme is founded upon international and reputable standards Its curriculum is structured in broad subject areas of Writing, Reading, Speaking & Listening and is detailed in specific learning objectives per Year. Our English Section provides the subjects of Mathematics and Science also established by the Cambridge Programme. We value the application of knowledge and our students greatly benefit in exploring new concepts within each subject through engaging experiences and critical thinking. Our process based approach, underpinned by Cambridge, highlights the internalisation of in depth learning and celebrates every child’s progress for an inclusive learning environment.

      In order to facilitate our learners who are new to the English language; ESL (English Second Language) classes will provide linguistic foundations in small and friendly classroom environmentsThese classes are taught by specialised teachers, using the ESL Cambridge Curriculum to build a solid bridge, for all students to eventually enter into the Main English classroom. Our beginners will have an important immersion opportunity in learning Science within a Main English class context, whereby vocabulary will be gained with the benefit of learning alongside their fluent peers. As Mathematics is a universal language of numbers and symbols, we have found that our new students adapt quickly within the first year.

     Individual and cooperative learning opportunities are presented to our pupils; encouraging healthy independence in scholarly stewardship and providing invaluable skills in becoming responsible and respectful citizens.

French

The French language curriculum at BICS is based on classic teaching methods that provide our students with a solid foundation, thereby making the French language more accessible to a broader audience. Immersion and constant practice are the pillars of this approach.

       Tried and tested methods, such as learning to read in syllables, systematic practice in the rules of grammar and conjugation, and daily vocabulary-building help pupils to grasp and assimilate the richness of one of the world’s most complex languages.  A moderate amount of homework is assigned so that by working individually at home each child is able to reinforce the concepts learned in the classroom. Learning to write beautifully in cursive, using a fountain pen, is applied daily with careful attention and later mastery; whereby our pupils acquire the importance of valuing their work and the quality of its presentation.

        Our programme follows the Belgian and French systems. In the primary school, History and Geography are also taught in French.  In order to facilitate their start with the language, beginners are taught in small groups by teachers who are specialised in the teaching of French as a Foreign Language (FLE).

     Through a parallel programme, the teaching of Mathematics in French completes and reinforces the Cambridge Programme given in English. This additional learning in both languages and day to day practice allows each student to acquire a finer understanding and more extensive skills in this subject area.

 

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