Pre-School (2-5 YEAR OLDS)
The Importance of Starting Young When children start young they develop an understanding of spoken English that facilitates their ability to learn and use the language throughout their lives. The child’s innate cognitive ability to recognise words and associate them with context means that they can naturally develop a notion of English that vastly improves their chances of acquiring the language proficiently. Learning English (and other languages) seems natural to them and they are more pre-disposed to succeed at higher levels. It is also at this age that children naturally copy accents and this can improve their probability of pronouncing well in the future. Pedagogical Objectives At these ages it is important that the teacher reinforces their language with images, gestures and other communicative methods. The main objectives are the comprehension of the spoken language, reproduction of phrases and words, and an introduction to various phonetics in English. Methodology The classes are 100% communicative and dynamic. English is the only language spoken by the teacher, who is specialised in being able to communicate to the children regardless of their comprehension of the language, whilst ensuring that children both consciously and unconsciously relate language to context. The lesson consists of playful activities such as games, songs and dances, storytelling, colouring and drawing. Our principle concern is the motivation of the student. As with students of all ages and levels if someone isn’t motivated they will find it very hard to learn.
Primary (6-11 Year Olds)
The course for six year olds works in conjunction with the development of their ability to write whilst continuing to be playful and communicative. Throughout their years at primary school the students develop their writing and reading skills in conjunction with the listening and speaking skills they continue to work on. For 10 year olds the dynamic of the course changes, at least for those who have studied from a young age. We begin to focus more on grammatical structure and rules and texts become more complex. This level acts as a bridge to the following year where the 11 year olds begin a far more structured approach to language learning which they will continue to follow until advanced level. At all levels of primary the students follow a book in class, and this is accompanied by a workbook with exercises to practice various skills. Children start to do small amounts of homework such as exercises from the workbook or learning vocabulary and they also start doing tests to check their progress. At the end of term there is an exam to check the assimilation of the work over the previous 2-3 months.