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The brain and a mischievous teddy bear To begin with, let’s take a look at the most complex system in the universe: the human brain – a priceless treasure which has been given to every one of us by Mother Nature. Did you know that when you are awake your...read more
Seize the joy Surely you know the aphorism carpe diem – seize the day, seize the moment. It is a guiding light for people who want to live their lives to the fullest. What about a maxim for those who dream of accompanying children on their journey of harmonious...read more
Online courses for… pre-schoolers? Is it even possible? When in March it turned out that teaching in the classroom or via the internet is no longer a matter of a personal decision, and that we are all subject to sanitary restrictions, many language schools panicked....read more
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