Bilingualism for Everyone

At APSoL, we believe that bilingualism is for everyone and welcome children of all language abilities. Whether they have never been exposed to Portuguese language before or they have spoken Portuguese at home since infancy, pupils at our school will have equal access to a language curriculum that builds their reading and writing skills from the bottom up, even if their starting points are different.

We seek to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum through which pupils will become fluent in two of the most spoken languages in the world. Children learn languages easily, as research has shown that it becomes significantly more difficult to pick up a language with age. Further scientific evidence has shown that children who learn another language from a young age have access to thinking habits that promote strong cognitive brain function, enabling them to keep their minds active as they process complex topics like maths, logic and music. Starting early in their dual-language education, therefore, enables the benefits of bilingualism to stretch well into a young person’s adult life and their later-life outcomes. According to research, bilingualism helps embed great deep-thinking skills such as multitasking and prioritisation, comparable to the skills activated when solving puzzles or logic games.

Beyond the Portuguese language instruction embedded in each school day, APSoL has the unique ability to bring in ideas, stories, themes, art and music from across the five continents in which Portuguese is spoken to enrich your child’s learning both in and out of the classroom. We will incorporate the diversity of Portuguese-speaking cultures around the world to give your child unique insights on National Curriculum topics.

We will ensure that at the end of their time with us, your child will be as confident in their English as they are in their Portuguese and be able to both communicate and connect with cultures around the world as confident global citizens.