It is well known that studying English brings excellent benefits at a cognitive, communicative, and cultural level to students. But learning this language goes beyond improving pedagogical and psychological skills. It is a key to a future where globalization needs, more than ever, new communication skills. And English is one of those great tools that open doors, both on a personal and professional level. Why?
- The language of globalization. English is the international language of commerce, finance, and information, so its knowledge allows a greater understanding of the world around us. On a professional level, it will always be an added value. Besides, it offers tools that let the student fit better in the world of work. That is also the case at the educational level, where English is essential to study in the most prestigious universities and allows entry to many more sources of information.
- Greater cultural understanding. Initiating yourself to a new language is not just about learning to communicate in that language but about starting to understand part of that culture. Learning English allows us to have a much greater open-mindedness and offers skills to comprehend the global situation. Likewise, it also gives an excellent window to the world of art and literature.
- Greater independence and motivation. Knowledge sets us free. Learning English offers tools to develop and move freely in the world in which we live. But it also allows greater personal satisfaction, thanks to overcoming the challenge that learning a new language becomes. The feeling of achieving a goal that we considered difficult is magnificent and enriching.
- Being everywhere. English is the language that most allows people to move to live, work or visit almost anywhere. Traveling and seeing other countries and cultures is already enriching learning in itself, which with English is increased thanks to the freedom it confers. With learning this language, there are no borders.
How many hours are taught in English at Gresol?
Gresol International-American School is an international school that bases its educational project on total immersion in English. Therefore, it is not based on a series of hours dedicated to the study of this language, but rather that all the subjects are carried out in this language, taught by native teachers and experts. Of course, without forgetting the learning of the country’s languages such as Spanish and Catalan.
As an example, we can use the cases of Early Years and Elementary. Although there are small variations in some groups, we can estimate the percentage of hours that these classes dedicate (from Pk3 to G5) in the graphs that we see below:
In this way, we can see that a really high percentage of hours is focused on learning and using English, but without neglecting other languages such as Catalan, Spanish, and even German in some cases.