The people who make up the educational community are international: almost 50% of the teaching staff and more than 10% of the students are foreign. Our more than 25 nationalities are represented in our flag courtyard.
We have a long tradition promoting multiculturalism and multilingualism: we were the first school in Seville to offer bilingualism with native teaching staff and the first school in Spain to include Chinese and Arabic in its curriculum.
- In EPS, early pre-school, (2 years old): 19 hours of English, 10 hours of Chinese or Arabic (the parents choose), and 1 hour of Spanish per week with native staff. Language is used as a vehicle of expression, enabling our students to imitate and to naturally learn phonemes that we later lose the ability to repeat.
Language learning at an early age also favours a greater ability to concentrate, to be more agile at problem-solving, to effectively perform several tasks simultaneously, to make more connections between different concepts, and to memorise, among others
- Throughout primary education and secondary education: bilingual programme. More than half of our students complete their baccalaureate education with a C1 or C2 level.
Introduction to multilingualism
Because learning a language contributes to innumerable developmental and self-esteem benefits, beyond the practical use of the language itself, at school our students learn two other languages, always taught by native teachers.
They learn Chinese or Arabic (the parents choose) starting in early pre-school (EPS) and French starting in primary school, along with a Drama class to study the language in a natural way.
The School festivals are dedicated to National Days: annual celebrations that usually revolve around a different country as a theme, so that the student is saturated with its culture, its history, and its economy. They learn from an experience that becomes one of their best memories from School and that are, on many occasions, their first ties to these countries.
In addition, we study and commemorate the holidays of different nationalities, encouraging our students to have an open and international mentality.
Other international projects
We encourage our students to spend time abroad, either living abroad, as a foreign exchange student, or with a group. They can also become hosts for Mobility Programme foreign exchange students who study at our School or the university.
Living with people from other nationalities contributes to the development of empathy and open-mindedness and helps our students see a short-term benefit to the study of languages, by observing, in their daily lives, its usefulness in discovering new realities.