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The subjects taught in Portuguese follow the national curriculum, as the subjects taught in English follow a programme adapted to meet specific requirements, in view of a more rigorous approach. Accordingly, our English programs, which integrate different levels of study, are developed with the aim of aggregating the National English Curriculum to the University of Cambridge English exams, as it is our aim to certify our students through these exams.

St. Peter’s International School embodies in its ideology the purpose of integrating students into the traditions and customs of Anglo-Saxon culture. Our teachers are native speakers, which allows for a closer look at the details of the language as well as the cultural idiosyncrasies that occur inside and outside class.

Embracing a bilingual teaching context, we provide our students with the necessary tools to successfully achieve their personal goals in what is increasingly a demanding and competitive world where teaching English is absolutely decisive for both their academic and professional future.

From the 5th to the 9th grade, Junior and Middle school, the teaching method also focuses on the four language skills, with equal relevance to the grammar component. Students produce a variety of written assignments and interact in discussions and debates on various themes of the programme. In English language classes the programme is more geared towards taking the Cambridge exams.

English Literature is also seen as a fundamental area of study, not only in the linguistic sense, but also as a means of experiencing Anglo-Saxon culture. For this purpose, students from the 5th to the 9th grades have English Literature classes in their schedule. In these classes, classical and modern literature is read; projects are outlined and discussions are held concerning the various themes of the stories or plays. Over the years, our senior students, who attend Secondary School, can consolidate at this level their knowledge of the English language, with particular emphasis on speaking skills. These students often carry out projects that encourage them to use multimedia media in order to improve the quality of oral presentations in class.

Our assessment process focuses on the five main language skills: Reading, Writing, Use of English, Listening and Speaking. These skills are assessed separately in different contexts, reflecting the diversity of circumstances in which a language is used. Writing skills (Reading, Writing, Use of English and Listening) are assessed in more formal tests as well as in other activities such as creative writing, literary analysis or listening to various media. Speaking skills are assessed in oral presentations, role-plays, classroom discussions, debates and many other activities, many of them simulations of everyday situations.

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