Lower primary and below learning approach
Our two introductory lessons are designed to be the foundation for our beginner courses including 4 – 6 years & 7-10 years programme. Students will be equipped with basic listening and spoken skills so that they will be able to communicate in an immersive environment during our one-year beginner program.
Our introductory lessons will give students the proper grounding to join any of our beginner’s program at any juncture. Each module is designed around a specific topic and the four core skills of listening, speaking , writing and reading are taught holistically using each specific topic. Each month a new topic is chosen and students will build on the fundamentals learnt from previous modules.
We know the importance of routine, structure and praise when learning a new language. So, what do we do? Below are the short (but sweet) activities to bring the Spanish language alive for our 4 – 6 years students as an example.
- Greeting song ¡Hola! ¿Que Tal?
- Flashcards of topic vocabulary
- Song relating to the topic vocabulary
- Supported written exercises
- Arts and crafts to cement vocabulary with a `hands on´ approach
- Story time – allowing the child to experience the topic in context and in full
- Farewell song – with actions
One-year immersive beginner programme
Our beginner modules are activity based and take a holistic approach to learning Spanish. Each student is immersed in an environment where the four basic skill of reading, listening, writing and speaking are taught. Monthly topic chosen will be relevant to specific age groups so as to assist in holding a pupils interest.
We introduce Inductive Learning where learning is a process of ‘discovering’ general principles from facts rather than traditional Deductive approach where the role of teacher is to present the rules and organize the practice.
In our classroom, teachers are getting learners to discover rules and how they are applied by looking at examples. The role of the teacher is to provide the language the learners need to discover the rules, to guide them in discovery if necessary, and then to provide more opportunities to practice.
The inductive approach is often thought of as a more modern way of teaching: it involves discovery techniques; it seeks in some ways to duplicate the acquisition process; it often exploits authentic material; it has learners at the centre of the lesson; and the focus is on usage rather than rules.
Our professional resources bring our topics to life. Recommended by the Cervantes Institute of Madrid, our textbooks and resources have continuity and stimulate the retention of Spanish.
We have decided upon 10 key topics that will open the interest, passion and enjoyment for our young learners. From animals, transport to the human body, children will be acquiring vocabulary alongside simple grammar rules that will be enforced through song, speech and play.
Expression is the key. We encourage our learners to speak, sing, write and create. Our learners feel safe and enjoy their time in our learning environment, thus building the self-confidence to communicate in Spanish. Through routine, practise, correction and praise our learners build a solid foundation on their Spanish journey.
On their Spanish journey our young learners will be accumulating evidence of their progression. Along with their arts and crafts, the students will also have written work and homework that reinforces the learnt vocabulary and simple grammar structures. Our teachers will present the learners portfolio to parents at the end of each term to show progression along with methods to continue the Spanish journey at home.
Graduate and move onto Pre-intermediate programme