English language pathway program
The CES Don Bosco offers a teacher training English in Early Childhood Education with an English language pathway program to improve English proficiency. In this program, the number of credits taught in English exceeds 30% of the total credit load, and courses taught in English are offered from year 2 (see more details in the informative notice).
Language Aims and Methodology
Studying the English language pathway program is one of the best ways of improving students’ English. Our goal is that, by graduation, students will have attained an English language competence of C1 (Common European Framework of Reference). This is the level that is required of teachers in bilingual programs, through official processes of habilitación. Furthermore, this level of English will maximize students’ employability in private schools.
To make this a realistic target, students are required to have a B1 (CEFR) level of English upon entrance to the program (see entrance requirements below for further details).
Content and Language Integrated Learning
English enhancement within the English language pathway program is much more than simply «translating» course material into English. Moreover, subject content is used as a means of improving students’ communication skills in English. Strategies to achieve this goal are widely used in similar English programs in Early Childhood Education, and are often referred to as Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL).
Another important feature of this CES Don Bosco teacher training program is that the subjects taught in English are planned to increase their linguistic demands as students’ progress in their studies: while in the second-year students are expected to use English at CEFR level B1+, in years 3 and 4 the aim is to reach, and consolidate, CEFR level C1.
In this regard, it is important to note that students immersed in this English language pathway program will take English courses (English classes) throughout the four years parallel to their undergraduate studies, the cost of which is included in the monthly fee.
To access the English language pathway program, students must demonstrate a level of English of B1 of the CEFR, either by:
- Presenting a language level certificate of a level B1 or higher (Official certificates).
- Having completed the International Baccalaureate in English or in an English-speaking country.
- Taking an English placement test at CES Don Bosco in the scheduled dates (dates).
In all cases, students are strongly recommended to prove their language level through recognized language certificates aligned with the CEFR. CES Don Bosco offers its students the possibility of, among others, taking the Cambridge ESOL exams (fees to be paid by the student).
Language level certification should take place at least once, toward the end the degree. However, it will also foster students who enter the itinerary program with no language certification to obtain one in their first years of their degree, as this will help them when applying for Erasmus exchange positions, summer jobs, etc.
Additional Pre-Service Teacher Training
Furthermore, CES Don Bosco strives to supplement the training students receive in their degree courses with other seminars and experiences aimed at improving their level of English and teaching qualification. The following are some examples:
- Additional non-degree courses, taught by education professionals, devoted to different organizational and methodological topics related to bilingual instruction in Early Childhood Education.
- Lectures and seminars given by international lecturers.
- Opportunities of cooperation with partner schools, as part of course work, or organizing events.