For our preschoolers, we understand that it is at this time in their development that they have the best opportunity to fully acquire the sounds, rhythms and intonation of English. The preschoolers brain has not been fully moulded by their native language and is thus open to easily acquire English. Language can only be acquired when it is understood , so therefore our lessons are feeding the child's ear with as much comprehensible English as possible.
Through a mixture of input activities, alphabet study, communicative games and fun workbook activities, the student is fully immersed in English.
Our lessons follow a three phase structure that allows our teacher to control the flow and dynamics of the class. Phase 1 has the teacher and student engaging in a simple task, using materials they are already familiar, such as the alphabet or vocabulary from earlier lessons. The teacher gives the students simple commands and the student responds. This provides the student plenty of listening practice and the teacher can assess how much they understand.
Phase 2 is for new input, students will be introduced to new vocabulary, patterns and commands. Quick games are used to help build familiarity. Following this the teacher and student will progress through our small app-based lesson, introducing new words and sentences. In some lessons the student will also progress through their workbook.
Phase 3 is story time. We read stories with related activities using our app. Following this, the student will choose a story from the collection and read it with the teacher.
New input activities
Our main goal is to expose the student to as much English as possible with fun and interesting activities. Our targets for each student is as follows:
Able to respond to various commands in English
Recognition of a wide variety of vocabulary
Emergence of early, unscripted speech (reply to yes, no questions, express preference from a list, ask simple questions, give simple commands)
Ability to read single words
After finishing the course, the students will be extremely comfortable with English and have a very strong basis on which to progress. They will never pronounce words with a "katakana" accent and they will be able to learn with minimal translation.They will also have very high comprehension and listening skills for their age.
At this stage, the atmosphere of our classroom is of the utmost importance because we need a stress-free and pleasant environment to acquire English.
We believe the only way to learn a language is through input, to hear it and to understand it. Therefore, we do not pressure our students to speak, though it is rewarded. Despite not being forced, our students start speaking anyway, following a natural progression as they did in their first language.