Languages - World Citizens
Being a school that is committed to immersion in English, our challenge is to offer children from the moment they enter school an environment where English is spoken naturally in all spaces and at all times of the day, except the class of communication and that of a teacher or specialist workshop. In Nursery, Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten the children are accompanied by their tutors all the time and they always speak to them in English.
In order to speak a second language, it is important to work on phonetics from a young age, so we will help our students to have a better pronunciation, therefore, we give special importance to this point.
It is amazing how quickly children adapt to the instructions and routines in English, and they are often the ones who teach their parents how to communicate better in that language. The English spoken at the school is American, however, starting in elementary school, they are prepared for the Cambridge International Examinations depending on the grade level. We choose this process so that students are ready to function competently in the part of the world they choose.
In 5th grade they have the opportunity to learn a third language, French, which was chosen because it is a language that is spoken in many countries, including America.
While we work on the affective and emotional part, which brings the child closer to their loved ones and sensitizes them, we also give great importance to the work of autonomy from Nursery. After the adaptation stage, when they are able to gain confidence with their teachers and classmates, the annual program includes a Pajama Party for the children from Nursery, Pre Kindergarten and Kindergarten, who stay after school doing many "Camp" activities, sleep at school and spend a fun night away from home and without their parents.
This activity helps them to become independent, responsible and autonomous.This process is progressive, so in the first two years of elementary school, trips are scheduled to places like La Cantuta, Cieneguilla or Lunahuaná, that is, they will sleep in a place that is not everyday for them without the company of their parents but with the company of their teachers.in third grade begin the first trips to Ica, Chincha and Paracas (they visit the Ballestas Islands, the Nazca Lines and participate in an experience where they learn about Afro Peruvian music in Chincha). In fourth grade they travel to Trujillo and Chiclayo (they visit the Huacas del Sol and de la Luna, the Lord of Sipan, Chan Chan, the Huaca Rajada, among others, and appreciate the Marinera).
In 5th grade they go to Arequipa and Colca, in 6th grade to Tarapoto and so on, discovering their country and its customs. In 3rd grade they also begin trips abroad to English-speaking cities, where they are welcomed by local families, go to school, learn about the culture and practice English all day; they make friendships with their local family that could last a lifetime. These trips give students the opportunity to develop in real life the skills they have been working on at school.Every year more and more families join this program that we call World Citizens. Elementary school children travel with one of their parents, but later on, from 8th grade on, they will travel without them.