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Sapere Aude´s Bilingual

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Welcome to Sapere Aude´s Bilingual Department Blog. The blog for those who love English and enjoy learning not only the language but also about the culture and society of English speaking countries.

Here you will find articles, students´contributions, sections about sayings, useful vocabulary, riddles,… . If you are a student at Sapere Aude, I hope you will enjoy the blog and find an opportunity to learn and have fun with English, and if you are a parent that perhaps wants to brush up on your English, I hope you´ve found the right place to do it.

Carlos Hernández

3 feb. 2016


Global Classrooms is a program based on a partnership between students and teachers from public bilingual secondary schools in 2016, operated by the Madrid regional government and the British Council, Fulbright Commission, and the US Embassy in Madrid. Isabel García-Velasco, Social Sciences teacher; José Miguel Martín, English teacher and Molly Perlmutter, language assistant, have been working with 3rd ESO bilingual students since October. This year our school has participated with other 72 high schools in Global Classrooms. Molly has written this brief report about the conference that took place on 21st January at CRIF Las Acacias in Madrid.

Global Classrooms is a Comunidad de Madrid sponsored educational program, which gives 3rd ESO students the opportunity to simulate the United Nations over a four-day conference.  This year, the topic assigned to IES Sapere Aude was “Debt relief and loan forgiveness in the International Monetary Fund.”  In preparation for the conference, the entire 3rd ESO bilingual class learned about the global economic system, issues facing the International Monetary Fund, such as conditionality and voting reform, and the specific rules and procedures of debate for a model United Nations conference.


We had a preliminary conference at Sapere Aude.  Then, ten selected students went and proudly represented the school in Madrid. There, students debated the IMF and wrote original resolutions for possible solutions to the problems facing the IMF with other 3rd ESO kids from all over the Comunidad.

The most gratifying aspect of my Global Classrooms experience was watching the students grow in their ability to speak publicly. They went from being hesitant to give short presentations in front of their class to confidently speaking to a room of over fifty strangers in English.  I am incredibly proud of all the hard work the Sapere Aude students put into addressing an extremely challenging topic and their overall performance in the debate!