Learning a second or third foreign language is a top priority in the sons and daughters’ education for many parents. Therefore, those options that encourage and motivate students to learn a new language are always studied. It is here where the alternatives of bilingual schools and international schools arise. However, there is a considerable disparity between both options, not only in the language field but also in the environment, methodology, or educational model.
What are the main differences? We review them below:
- The use of the language. Many bilingual schools introduce the use of English in a good percentage of subjects that, in other cases, would be in Spanish and Catalan. However, an international school like Gresol International-American School has English as a vehicular language, the priority one. All the subjects are in English, except those of the Spanish or Catalan language.
- The educational model. Many bilingual schools offer an educational model the same as Spanish, but with more emphasis on English. However, international schools work with different educational models, such as English or American, which give priority to other disciplines and skills such as creativity or multiple intelligences. For example, Gresol works by focusing on science, technology, art, or music. A first-rate artistic and scientific training.
- International atmosphere. Usually, international schools have different collaborations with other foreign centers, where they work on projects or exchanges, enriching the environment. Access to other cultures and their daily treatment is another of the great strengths of international schools. In the case of Gresol International-American School, for example, it works in collaboration with Clarion University.
- International Baccalaureate. While a bilingual school focuses on the national baccalaureate, many international schools like Gresol offer the option of studying the international baccalaureate. The IB is full of advantages for students that you can review here.
These are some of the main differences between a bilingual school and an international school. However, there may be more, such as the work methodologies used in each center or its location. In the case of Gresol, for example, we use a personalized methodology for the students (with small groups), and the center is located in an unbeatable environment, surrounded by nature and with first-rate facilities.
It is not that a bilingual school is not a good option, far from it. The objective is to highlight that there are differences to take into account. An international school is an excellent option to offer a complete education to your sons and daughters, both at the foreign language level and at the emotional and intellectual level, due to the number of options and advantages it offers. Ultimately, it is where a bright future begins.