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Hello can someone please help me I am moving to benidorm next year 2013 with my 12 year old son i am looking on here to see if there are any good state schools around that any one knows of he already speaks Spanish on a medium level and i just don't like the private schools can any one help ?????:):):):):)
 

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Hello can someone please help me I am moving to benidorm next year 2013 with my 12 year old son i am looking on here to see if there are any good state schools around that any one knows of he already speaks Spanish on a medium level and i just don't like the private schools can any one help ?????:):):):):)
Depends how "medium"?? Has he been in a Spanish state school before??? Unless he's fairly fluent in speaking, reading and writing and is confident, he may well have problems and that will result in him not getting any qualifications at all.

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Depends how "medium"?? Has he been in a Spanish state school before??? Unless he's fairly fluent in speaking, reading and writing and is confident, he may well have problems and that will result in him not getting any qualifications at all.

Jo xxx
hello
we used to live in Spain and he went to a Spanish nursery and state school for four years which he enjoyed very much.
unfortunately i had to move him back to the UK as they were not helping him with his English reading i know all a bit confusing lol.
He is now having Spanish lessons at school once a week.
would you recommend i get him a tutor from now until we move next year ?
 

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Once a week?
I'm flabbergasted.
It's very difficult to learn a language with a class a week. It's better to have 10 mins a day than one session a week. Your son is probably the best in the class as he had a grounding in Spanish, but I bet the class in general is finding it hard to make progress.

I would be surprised if your son had a high enough level of Spanish to be able to cope with a state school. A tutor could help him, but until he's here in the thick of it and learning all the kids slang it won't be much help. The best thing would be to come early in the summer (end of June) and put him straight into some kind of intensive programme for the whole summer holiday, with plenty of fun included too.
I am a qualified language teacher, also a qualified middle school teacher BTW
You'll need a plan B if it doesn't work out, so think about whether you've got enough money for a private school. You don't want to be moving him back to England again, do you?
How about work? Do you have something lined up or don't you need employment?
 

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hello
we used to live in Spain and he went to a Spanish nursery and state school for four years which he enjoyed very much.
unfortunately i had to move him back to the UK as they were not helping him with his English reading i know all a bit confusing lol.
He is now having Spanish lessons at school once a week.
would you recommend i get him a tutor from now until we move next year ?
I personally think your son would benefit from an international school. I know you say you dont like private schools, but international schools are no longer the bastion of the wealthy Brit kids! My son was one of only three British kids in his class, there were all sorts of other nationalities and he learnt Spanish almost fluently. That way your son would be staying with the English curriculum and it would be a continuation of what he's been learning. However you do have to pay and that maybe something you dont wish to do??!!

Once kids hit their teens, they become a strange creature. All hormones, nerves, attitude and emotions. So that can be a problem, even moving schools within the same country!???

Jo xxx
 

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Hi Jo,

I am new on here and this is my first response/thread.

As you are a teacher/parent already based in Spain, I would really appreciate you advice. :)

We're looking at moving to the CdS or CB area, we have 2 girls aged 9 and 4.5. We spent some time in Cyprus when the oldest was little and her 'mother tongue' was Greek, but she's lost that now. She has a good ability for languages, however, she suffered from very bad glue ear and was practically deaf for some time. So, she has just caught up with her peers for the English language, and her confidence is only just starting to come through.

We are looking at private International schools just now, above state schools for the above reason, plus we want to keep the girls together in school. Could you recommend any?

Our ultimate lifestlye is to buy/rent a finca that is relatively close to the beach but not too far distance wise to an International school.

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. We hope to come over in the summer holidays to view schools and houses.

Thanks,
P x :)
 

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Depends how "medium"?? Has he been in a Spanish state school before??? Unless he's fairly fluent in speaking, reading and writing and is confident, he may well have problems and that will result in him not getting any qualifications at all.

Jo xxx
HI, i was reading your comments on this page and im looking for adice, we are thinking on moving to spain with an 8 and a 6 year old, how do you think they will pick up spanish, ive started them in a private lesson 1 hour a week..... your help would be appreciated, thanks von x
 

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Hi Jo,

I am new on here and this is my first response/thread.

As you are a teacher/parent already based in Spain, I would really appreciate you advice. :)

We're looking at moving to the CdS or CB area, we have 2 girls aged 9 and 4.5. We spent some time in Cyprus when the oldest was little and her 'mother tongue' was Greek, but she's lost that now. She has a good ability for languages, however, she suffered from very bad glue ear and was practically deaf for some time. So, she has just caught up with her peers for the English language, and her confidence is only just starting to come through.

We are looking at private International schools just now, above state schools for the above reason, plus we want to keep the girls together in school. Could you recommend any?

Our ultimate lifestlye is to buy/rent a finca that is relatively close to the beach but not too far distance wise to an International school.

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. We hope to come over in the summer holidays to view schools and houses.

Thanks,
P x :)
:welcome:

I can't help with CDS , but here on the CB we have quite a lot of International Schools, some better than others

if you're thinking of private, have you considered a bi-lingual school? We have a very good one near us
 

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HI, i was reading your comments on this page and im looking for adice, we are thinking on moving to spain with an 8 and a 6 year old, how do you think they will pick up spanish, ive started them in a private lesson 1 hour a week..... your help would be appreciated, thanks von x
:welcome:

every little helps:)

yes, at their ages they should pick up Spanish with few problems - do have Spanish tv & magazines at home, though, to reinforce it

my dds were 8 & 5 when they started at Spanish & I now live with 2 Spanish teenagers :D
 

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:welcome:

every little helps:)

yes, at their ages they should pick up Spanish with few problems - do have Spanish tv & magazines at home, though, to reinforce it

my dds were 8 & 5 when they started at Spanish & I now live with 2 Spanish teenagers :D
The youngest one has Spanish "manners", for sure. ;)
 
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