Our Bilingual Project is based on the CLIL Methodology (Content Language Integrated Learning). It is conceived as a "language immersion", that is, students are in contact with the foreign language more than 30% of their teaching hours in addition to English lessons. This methodology is based on the use of the foreign language as a communication language, as a way to access other ways of learning, those of the non-linguistic subjects involved in it. That way, the emphasis will be on communicative aspects, the active participation of students and the five basic skills: listening, reading, writing, speaking and conversation.
Our Bilingual Project binds together the language departments (Spanish, English and French) and, through the Linguistic Educational Project (PEL), five other departments: Music, Physical Education, Mathematics, Philosophy and Geography and History.
Approved by the educational authorities in 2005, we had a year to prepare our school, teachers, and for the project development (2005/2006 academic year). We began to implement it during the 2006/2007 academic year with an ESO line that gradually spread to the upper levels of the stage. In 2011, we were allowed to set up a second line. The following year, once the Bachillerato was implemented, it began with a bilingual line. In 2014, we counted on three lines in ESO and from 2016 all groups of the compulsory stage are bilingual, what represents new and important challenges.
To develop this project we have the help of native conversation assistants who assist teachers, especially in non-linguistic areas, students and the rest of the educational community through their participation in classes, preparation of materials and activities, participation in complementary activities, approach to their culture of origin, etc. Their main aim is to encourage conversation with students and teachers in the foreign language.
We also have a person who coordinates the project, in order to unify criteria, serve teachers and students and collaborate with the management team in the organizational and methodological tasks that it requires. This person also promotes the participation of the center in European Educational Projects (Erasmus + projects) and in international cultural-linguistic exchanges.
Throughout these years we have trained bilingual students (the first promotion has already graduated from the University), we have participated in various European projects with students (Comenius) in collaboration with 7 countries. We have also developed language and cultural exchanges with schools in Brighton, London, Milan and Auray, in France.
Besides, we are Trinity College London Examining Centre and each year we prepare about 90 candidates to obtain the official titles of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages corresponding to levels B1 (4th ESO students) and B2 (Bachillerato students). The English Department is especially committed to this task, obtaining very satisfactory results.
Finally, we have an Erasmus + KA1 European Teacher Training Project, including different courses abroad and job shadowing activities. We have recently obtained approval for two projects for Erasmus + KA2 European Student Training together with other countries (Greece, Czech Republic, Italy, Romania and Croatia).