Tapsandes towards Bilingualism

 

El proyecto de Bilingüismo del Taller Psicopedagógico de los Andes tiene como finalidad el contribuir a la formación integral de sus educados a través desarrollo de competencias comunicativas en inglés como segunda lengua, con el fin de forjar ciudadanos en capacidad de afrontar las nuevas exigencias de un mundo globalizado. En consonancia con el Marco Normativo Nacional, la Ley General de Educación, el Programa Nacional de Bilingüismo y la Ley 1651 de Bilingüismo nuestro proyecto de bilingüismo institucional plantea la ruta  para alcanzar la certificación como colegio bilingüe nacional.

Diversos autores han señalado las ventajas de implementar procesos bilingües en niños y jóvenes. Entre ellas están el desarrollo de un pensamiento divergente, una mayor creatividad y flexibilidad mental, que involucra la capacidad de adaptar el pensamiento a diferentes problemas y proveer soluciones factibles, así como también de tener un sentido social más sensible. 

Baker (2006) señala que la adquisición de una segunda lengua conlleva dos motivaciones importantes, una a nivel individual y una a nivel social. A nivel individual, implica un mejor desarrollo cognitivo, la disminución de barreras culturales y la creación de conexiones sociales que aumentan la conciencia y la confianza en sí mismo, el desarrollo de valores y conciencia social. A nivel social una persona bilingüe tiene un mayor desarrollo de competencia interculturales, promoviendo la paz y el entendimiento entre culturas, así como también un mejor acceso a la información y a las oportunidades de un mundo globalizado.  

 

El bilingüismo se ha convertido en nuestra meta para el año 2026, por ello es un proceso permanente que está presente en todas las instancias de nuestra vida escolar. Contamos con alrededor del 50% de las asignaturas impartidas en inglés desde grado primero hasta grado sexto, ellas son la asignatura: Physical Education, Sciences , Arts, Computer Science, English, Reading y la asignatura de Math implementa un proceso de reforzamiento en el idioma, esto nos permite complementar la práctica y el aprendizaje de la segunda lengua a través de contenidos de diversas disciplinas.  

El nivel de bilingüismo de nuestros estudiantes, equipo docente y administrativo es evaluado a través de pruebas diagnósticas a lo largo del año escolar y nuestros estudiantes de grado once están certificando actualmente su nivel de lengua mediante la prueba internacional de Inglés: TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication). En el año 2022, uno de nuestros graduandos obtuvo el mejor puntaje en la prueba TOEIC a nivel nacional, con 966 sobre 1000 puntos.

El equipo docente y cuerpo administrativo está en constante entrenamiento para fortalecer sus competencias en idioma inglés. A través de nuestra alianza educativa con el Centro de Idiomas CAFAM, nuestros colaboradores certifican su conocimiento en el idioma en los diferentes niveles, de acuerdo al Marco Común Europeo. 

Contamos con un plan de lectura desarrollado a través de la plataforma digital LightSail, que permite una experiencia  significativa de lectura en inglés, en donde los estudiantes y padres de familia tienen acceso a más de 100.000 libros con acceso a herramientas digitales del siglo XXI, que promueven un proceso de lectura personalizado y adaptado a las necesidades de cada lector.

Nuestros estudiantes participan en clubes conversacionales de inglés, los cuales, a través de diversas actividades comunicativas e interculturales permiten el afianzamiento de las habilidades comunicativas especialmente de speaking, así como también el reconocimiento y diálogo intercultural. Actividades que fomentan el diálogo y respeto entre culturas y el cuidado del medioambiente como Worlwide water day, International Women´s day, Earth day, Arbor Day, Labor Day, St. Valentine´s Day, St. Patrick´s Day, 5 de mayo´s day, Independence Day, entre otras, hacen parte de nuestras actividades institucionales.

A través de nuestra publicación anual de Tapsandes in 100 words, la comunidad educativa comparte historias escritas en inglés, que, en 100 palabras, narran historias significativas vividas en nuestro colegio durante el año escolar. 

Promovemos la participación de estudiantes en programas de inmersión nacional, que permiten vivir la experiencia de un campamento de verano internacional y a través de distintas actividades lideradas por docentes bilingües y nativos en el idioma, brindando una experiencia única de inmersión lingüística en donde los participantes interactúan durante al menos ocho horas en el idioma, desarrollando habilidades comunicativas, de liderazgo, trabajo en equipo y fortaleciendo los valores institucionales.

El Taller Psicopedagógico de los Andes está comprometido con la prestación de un servicio educativo de calidad y la formación de líderes potenciales en la sociedad en donde el Bilingüismo es parte fundamental en nuestros procesos de enseñanza y aprendizaje. 

Referencias

Baker, C. (2006). Foundations of bilingual education and bilingualism, 4th Ed.Multilingual Matters

 

 

 

 

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/short-courses/basic-english-1-future-learn

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/short-courses/basic-english-2-future-learn

 

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Si estas listo para fortalecer tu habilidad en el idioma inglés, accede gratuitamente a estos cursos que ofrece Coursera Programa especializado: Learn English: Beginning Grammar

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English for Teaching Purposes

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Programa especializado: aprende inglés

https://www.coursera.org/specializations/learn-english#courses

Conversational English Skills 

https://www.coursera.org/learn/conversational-english-skills#syllabus

Bilingual News

Every week we will be sharing with you some online learning material to continue with the permanent practice of the English language. This is an opportunity for families to support their kids´learning process from home. Today, we recommend a vocabulary learning platform to practice basic vocabulary on different topics by means of images, listening, matching and filling the gaps exercises. This is Learning Chocolate, to get access to it, please click here.  

https://www.learningchocolate.com/   

 

Tips to practice!

Every week we will be sharing with you some online learning material to continue with the permanent practice of the English language. This is an opportunity for families to support their kids´learning process from home. Today, we recommend an online library for English listening lessons to practice listening for all levels. Most lessons on this website have audio or video, a transcript, vocabulary support and interactive quizzes.To get access to ELLO listening, please click here

https://www.elllo.org/

 

Let ‘s practice!

Would you have five to ten minutes to practice your English skills everyday? We invite you to explore the video zone, a fantastic online resource from the British Council for you to watch Youtube videos with their transcripts and worksheets. Do you prefer  to watch stories from youtubers? on this youtuber zone you can listen to a group of youtubers talking about different topics with subtitles and transcripts, you can also post your comments to join in the discussions. But if you love video series, on this website you can get the most out of a group of video series with exercises to help you before you start watching and after you have watched!

https://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/study-break/video-zone 

https://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/study-break/youtubers 

https://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/study-break/video-series

 

Tips to practice!

Learning a second language requires of a permanent practice inside and outside the classroom. We invite families to choose one of the shared learning resources every week to keep on this practice, this is an opportunity for families to support their kids´learning process from home. Today, we recommend a website that involve songs to practice the language easily, just by playing a song and testing listening skills by filling in some gaps in the song as fast as you can. Please click here to get access to Lyrics Training, sing together, practice English and enjoy!

https://es.lyricstraining.com/

 

Best apps to learn English!

Technology brings lots of advantages to our academic lives. Today, we recommend Timmy´s learning new skills. This app , designed by the British Council, boosts your child’s language and memory while expanding his vocabulary in English in three interactive and challenging games. You can get access to the official channel here  and join in the activities with Timmy and his friends. 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNHDt6E1ZpHY-YECxEWccUA/videos

https://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/study-break/video-zone

 

Tips to practice

Our recommendation this week aims to motivate parents, families and staff at Tapsandes to continue in the English language learning process with theEnglish for Common Interactions in the workplace: basic level” course offered by the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and Coursera platform. This course was designed to provide students with linguistic tools to establish basic interactions and communications in the workplace, increasing their professional value and skills and contributing to their professional development. The course is held online and it’s totally free. Please, click here to enroll in Coursera.

https://www.coursera.org/learn/english-common-interactions-workplace-basic-level?action=enroll#enroll

 

Tips to practice: A1 level activities for children

The second placement test for students from third to eleventh grades is coming soon. That’s why our recommendation today is to practice your English language skills with Cambridge Mock Tests. Cambridge University Press and Assessment has designed a test for every level according to the Common European Framework. A1 Movers Test, designed for young learners, introduces children to everyday written and spoken English and is an excellent way for them to gain confidence.  In here you can find fun interactive activities based on A1 Movers test to practice vocabulary at home. These activities are designed to be used on a computer or a tablet.

https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/learning-english/parents-and-children/activities-for-children/a1-level/

 

Tips to practice

The English language is always present in our daily lives. Our recommendation today is a series of lessons from the BBC Learning English  in which you will be able to learn expressions and vocabulary that is used in everyday life situations. Making an appointment at the dentist, language for taking buses and trains, asking prices at the supermarket and understanding directions are examples of the type of vocabulary you will learn at this website. BBC Learning English offers free audio, video and text materials to learners around the world. Learners can follow the best way to study the language, by following a full course  or just by choosing the lessons  they prefer to study according to their needs.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/emw

https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/easy_course

https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/medium_course

https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/easy_pronunciation

 

Tips to practice

We want to invite students, parents and families to get involved in the Lightsail reading experience at home. The LightSail library offers more than 300 classic titles from authors such as William
Shakeaspeare, Jack London and Charles Dickens and also many reading tips to inspire young readers to get excited about reading. Do you want to know more about them? We invite you to explore this blog for Lightsail readers, families and teachers in which you will be able to find interesting articles about literacy and reading processes.

Blog – LightSail Education

 

Tips to practice!

Would you like to read, explore and learn cultural aspects from different countries? Our recommendation this week is the countries section at the National Geographic Kids website. Here, you will be able to find fast facts, maps, pictures and a general description of the people, nature, government, economy and history from more than 70 countries around the world! Do you know which country is better known as the “gateway to South America”?, or which is the most densely forested country in Europe? Or maybe, which country lies in the Sahara desert mostly? Find this out and much more at this fantastic learning resource.

National Geographic Kids

 

Tips to practice

This week’s recommendation to practice English has to be with fun Fun brain games.This interesting website has more than 100 interactive activities to help students from preschool to eighth grade to develop English literacy skills. Some featured resources are games, in which you will find online fun activities such as the one called “What on Earth” in which kids will learn more about famous places on earth and locations of their continents and countries. This interesting learning resource also promotes reading practice with appealing reading material for different ages and language levels and also the opportunity to practice mathematics with a math zone to improve math skills. Join Fun Brain and explore all these resources at home, this is an excellent opportunity to share a learning moment with your children giving them the opportunity to have fun while learning and practicing English language skills.

Games, Videos, and Books for Kids – Funbrain

Online Games for Kids – Funbrain

What on Earth?! – a game on Funbrain

Online Books for Kids – Funbrain

Math Games, Books, and Videos for Kids – Funbrain   

 

Tips to practice

Today we bring some recommendations for those students and families, whose relatives are currently studying an English language course or receiving formal training to improve their language skills. At BBC Learning English you will be able to test your language level and get access to some interesting units that will help you to make progress to an upper level. You can also get more practice of the things you already know with the learning circles, the 6 minute grammar and 6 minute vocabulary and if you want to have some practice and improve your pronunciation, you can practice pronunciation with the sounds of English units. Go to BBC Learning English and enjoy!

BBC Learning English – Course: Test Your Level / Unit 1

BBC Learning English – Course: English My Way / Unit 1

BBC Learning English – Easy grammar – 6 Minute Grammar

BBC Learning English – Basic vocabulary

BBC Learning English – Pronunciation / Introduction to The Sounds of English

 

Test Of English for International Communication (TOEIC)

Let’s start getting ready for the test! We invite all our candidates to obtain TOEIC certification to start their autonomous preparation for the test. For this purpose, we recommend at least two hours per week for practicing and for this purpose, 4tests is an excellent website that provides a great number of exercises on listening and reading skills, for example: error recognition, incomplete sentences, photographs, question-response, reading comprehension, short conversation, short talks. The more you practice, the better, remember practice makes the master!

4Tests.com – Free, Practice TOEIC

Tips to practice

Do you learn more about spelling activities? There is a huge variety of websites that can help you to practice your spelling skills in different levels according to your knowledge of vocabulary and pronunciation in English language. Some of them are Albert Spelling Bee, Wordwall Spelling Bee and Games to Learn English. You can even join online games to participate in online spelling bee competitions with people from all over the world. Spelling practice enhances vocabulary and pronunciation but also makes students gain confidence and develop their cognitive abilities and learning strategies.

Local A-D 31 | Spelling Bee | Practice | Albert

Spelling bee – Recursos didácticos (wordwall.net)

Online Spelling Bee Game (gamestolearnenglish.com)

 

Tips to practice

Learning how to pronounce English words and some expressions can be a difficult task for many learners. Some useful websites that can help you to improve your pronunciation are howjsay, forvo, Cambridge Dictionary. These onlin

Free Online English Pronunciation Dictionary | Howjsay | Learn to Pronounce English Words | Howjsay

Forvo: the pronunciation dictionary. All the words in the world pronounced by native speakers

WEBSITE | Pronunciation in English (cambridge.org)