As an international school languages are an important part of our learning experience. Learning languages opens up the world to your child. We also support those who are learning in English as a second language.
Throughout International College Spain the language of instruction is English. We offer English as a second language (ESL) support for your child if needed, and support a number of other mother tongues. Here your child will also learn new languages, opening up the world to them.
Our host country offers not only its culture and traditions to us as international citizens but a language spoken globally.
We place great emphasis on learning Spanish and have expert teachers trained in the International Baccalaureate teaching styles to deliver Spanish to native and non-native students.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
As an international school, some of our students may arrive with limited English. If this is the case for your child we will offer support through our dedicated English as a Second Language Department.
ESL support is designed to help new students participate in the mainstream curriculum from their very first day at ICS. This means they are taught English through academic lessons which have been adapted to meet their needs.
Our program is designed to help students participate fully in all subjects along with their classmates. At ICS, ESL and mainstream subject teachers work together to meet students’ language and academic needs.
Mother Tongue Learning
We welcome students from a variety of countries speaking many different mother tongues. Our curriculum recognises the importance of a strong native language as a base for learning. We support students in more than 20 mother tongue languages including Hebrew, Arabic, German, Italian and Portuguese amongst others.
If your child is Dutch or Belgian then they will participate in 4-5 Dutch classes for language and culture of 40 minutes per week. Groups are small for our Dutch classes, offering plenty of individual attention with a qualified teacher and excellent resources.
Besides the language classes Dutch culture is considered very important, such as the Sinterklaas celebration, Queen's day and children's projects across the Netherlands and Belgium.
If your child is studying for the IB Diploma then they can also select Dutch within the 6 choices in the IB Diploma examinations. This is formally equivalent to a Dutch VWO diploma or successful completion of the Belgian Secondary Education. This diploma gives access to the Dutch and Belgian universities.
The school is affiliated with the Stichting Nederlands Onderwijs in het Buitenland (NOB). The Dutch Inspectorate of Education has authority to assess and give accreditation from the International Baccalaureate to ensure the standards and quality of a Dutch education are met.