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Often after a winter break, a holiday season, during periods of particularly cold, gloomy weather or on days when white, sparkling snow seems just perfect for outdoor activities, children attending afternoon language courses start to rebel and refuse to go to classes....read more
As a language school manager I’m constantly approached by busy parents who would prefer their children to have no more than one language class per week. I consistently refuse, as both my personal experience and scientifically proven evidence (which I will refer to...read more
This is the last article of the series presenting ideas on how to maximize Young Learners’ language potential which was published in the Teacher Magazine in 2013/14. I have presented plenty of ready-to-use activities and games along with some advice from my classroom...read more
Every mum and every dad has likely come across a situation where their preschooler has “read” the name of their favourite toy, chocolate bar or chewy sweets. But is it possible to reasonably talk about “reading” in the case of a child who cannot yet recognise letters?...read more
In the previous article of this series (which was first published in the Teacher Magazine in 2013/14) I presented some ideas on how to use the chidren's world of imagination to boost the motivation and make the lessons more effective and engaging. This time I am going...read more
What is the right approach to language progress assessment in preschoolers? Should we use smileys, little “sun” stickers or traditional grades? Or maybe we should opt for descriptive assessment (in the form of verbal feedback, as preschoolers are not yet able to...read more
In the previous article dedicated to teaching pre-school children I presented some ideas on how to teach Young Learners to work in pairs and groups. This time I am going to dive into the children’s world of imagination. This series was first published in the Teacher...read more
Although your students probably ask you to play the same favourite games every lesson, maybe it's worth trying something knew? Just once in a while, to let some fresh air in your classroom? I like using games that my pupils know as it saves time spent on explaining...read more
All right, so our two-year-old attends a language course. We drive our child to classes regularly, we ask the teacher about progress, sometimes we are concerned with the slow rate of language acquisition and at times we even wonder if this actually makes any sense...read more