Aware of the need for integral education of children and the importance of providing them with the necessary tools for understanding an increasingly dynamic world with multiple sources of information, Saci International School offers the possibility of Bilingual Education. Learning English at Saci is a unique experience that generates results for a lifetime and beyond the mere learning of the language.
Students "attend classes" every day for two and a half hours from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the case of children up to the 4th grade, while students from 6th to 9th grade start their activities from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., in environments that allow them to experience English in different contexts, and situations that encourage students in multiple ways. Children are grouped by age in 14 classes, guided by teachers with fluency in the language, teacher training and experience in education.
The work is based on the theory of Second Language Acquisition (SLA), which brings the process of learning the second language to the way the mother tongue is learned. Thus, we talk about “acquiring” a second language but not through formal learning as it happens in many language schools. Our program’s daily hours are a major differential and only at Saci International School the child can actually live the language in various situations of everyday life.
English is learned through play, reading, use of multimedia resources, and all everyday activities are guided by Projects so the motivation and interest of students are maintained. This philosophy, also present in other contexts of school, makes learning English a pleasant, meaningful and diverse experience
Enrolling a child in a school where part of the activities take place in another language is giving her an extra opportunity. The immersion in the language is the best way to master a second language with safety and competence.
Moreover, it is proven that children have a high potential mostly unexplored in their entirety. The ease with which they react to the language is remarkable, which generates solid results for a lifetime.
The Cultural Lunch happens once a month for the students who take the Bilingual Program. From the project theme of one of the classes, the teacher or the students choose a country to be studied as well as their cuisine. Afterwards, the nutritionist participates with the research group for a menu for the day and the rest of the team can throb too!
Students decorate the lunch room with flags, handicrafts and posters with curiosities about the chosen country. They select music and sometimes wear typical costumes. On the day, they also give an oral presentation (all in English, of course!) to other classes of the Bilingual Program, reporting or presenting slides, pictures and curiosities about the country searched.For the last eight years, since the Cultural Lunch has started, typical dishes from India, Egypt, Colombia, Holland, Germany, Russia, Brazil and many others have already been served. Sometimes the class concludes which country is going to study from a place in evidence on the project or from a leader or character studied within the project. At first the idea of the country was random, or inspired by foreign trainees who stay for six months or a year at SACI. Later, deepening the practice with the projects, we moved forward, contextualizing the cuisine of the country to enrich the project in progress.This is another “different way of learning”…tasting!