In a Bilingual community, with young people who will eventually because the next leaders in a global society, it is very important that the mother tongue is spoken fluently so that one can begin the acquisition of a foreign language and achieve effective communication skills at an autonomous level. To do such work, the area of Castellano executes multiple activities that develop and enrich the students’ levels. For example, there is reinforcing vocabulary, spelling, appreciation of literature, critical thinking, freedom of expression, oral development, written and spoken which all come together to reinforce in the students the values and respect for living norms.
The following dynamic activities are achieved during the school year:
- Individual and group work.
- Directive, oral, and silent lessons.
- Analysis of literature, newspaper articles, information, etc.
- Role-playing games
- Roundtables, forums, debates, and plenary committees.
- Production of texts, informations, expositions, and arguments.
- Construction of schemes: conceptual and mental maps.
- Investigative Works.
- The completion and presentation of written works.
- Use of highlighting, notes in the margin, and constant use of the dictionary to analyze work.
- Development of writing and producing memoirs.
- Vocabulary enrichment via synonyms and new words.
El Plan Lector has been a point of great importance in the area, allowing a focus that avoids traditional evaluations and instead focuses on the student’s development of creativity and critical thinking. This project is in effect from preschool all the way until their 11th year, and has had great results. The preschool library is full of more than 50 stories that have gone home with the Passport Project in an effort to have both parents and students participate, read, listen, re-tell, and create literature in a familiar space.
In primary, the students enrich their vocabulary, their investigative capacity, produce and create texts using synonyms and showing said work and illustrations to their class.
In high school, students ‘learn by doing’ with activities that they record, dramatize, paint, etc. They demonstrate oral abilities by way of debates and roundtables which show critical thinking skills, using arguments that will prove or refute a thesis.
Behind the current editions of the institutional newspaper, The Clipper, students develop their social, communicative, creative, and investigative sides of learning. Other activities that enrich our area and support good grammar usage is the internal management of good writing and speaking skills which clarifies the phrase, “it is not how we talk, but how we write.”
Finally, the participation of Language Day, an event which unites talent and potential in our children, allowing them to enrich and value the importance of our mother tongue.