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The English Language School

Curriculum

Learning ability is one of the crucial ones in the contemporary world. Accelerating development of civilisation requires from us constant  education, throughout whole life. European Union has qualified this ability to one of the eight Crucial Competencies which can be found in the educational documents of the European countries. We want to use children's potential entirely, let them fantasise, free their creativity since these attributes are more important than factual knowledge. Children are individuals who learn in different ways that is why our school uses different teaching methods.

Using different teaching methods helps pupils obtain good effects in education.

The methods we use encourage pupils to work systematically during lessons, they teach pupils work in teams and properly express themselves respecting peers, they develop pupils' imagination, thinking and perceiving.

Teacher has the role of a coordinator leading the lessons. Pupils feel important, acknowledged and appreciated.

PROJECT BASED LEARNING

Project based learning is a training method. Pupils have to solve a task, a problem based on facts or they are given a certain goal to be gained. Pupils have to use information, their skills and experience. They discover new areas and objects in order to engage themselves in the project and this is how they learn. Each member of the group is responsible for their own and the whole group's work. This method is based on collaborative learning. The method being described is very important in the process of learning and gaining skills by stimulating motivation of pupils to work creatively. Combining project based learning with the opportunities given by information and communication technology that enhance remote learning gives room for learning at any time in any place.

EDUTAINMENT

Edutainment means using the power of games in the process of teaching. It's definition encompasses all educational deeds, entertainment therefore makes transferring knowledge to the recipients attractive and hides educational content. Learning by playing gains special meaning in the modern civilisation of digital inhabitants. Differences between representatives of this generation in finding out about the world and learning make us use new methods and didactic means. In order to reach the digital generation who was born with smartphones in their hands we have to learn to speak their language using the tools they use every day: popular science programs, e-learning classes and comics. The main goal of the method is making positive associations with education and therefore changing attitude of pupils towards learning. Eventually, it will bring better learning results.

PBL- PROBLEM BASED LEARNING

One of the problems of contemporary education is the theory that pupils learn. Encyclopaedic knowledge pupils gain throughout lectures or from course books has no purpose in the contemporary world. Pupils cannot use in practice the theory they have learned in traditional ways. One of the ways of combining theory with practice is using problem based learning. Basically, problem based learning means working in groups, pupils solve real problems chosen and given by the teacher. The biggest advantage of the method is the fact that it demands from learners independence in gaining knowledge and skills. The skills pupils get by this method of learning will prepare them to function effectively in their society.

STUDENT CENTRED LEARNING

Student centred learning means focusing on individual needs of students. Other equally important factors are child's interests and dynamically changing social, intellectual and mental needs. The most important member of educational process is the child, not the teacher.

WEBQUEST METHOD

It is a modern didactic method that uses information technology. It was created by Bernie Dodge- Professor of Educational Technology from San Diego University who based the method on constructivism (a branch of psychology that believes in pupils' creativity). It teaches how to use the Internet as a source of information. It is made to motivate learners to not only find information but to use it creatively. It supports pupil's thinking on higher taxonomic levels: analysis, synthesis and evaluation. It teaches teamwork, negotiation and communicating with other people. Pupils working in groups are also responsible for what they do individually, each teammate has a given part. Each part makes the final product. During the process of evaluation not only the final result is important but relations in the group and pupils' behaviour towards each other.

MIND MAPS

It is a visual method using symbols, words, pictures, drawings, etc.  in problem solving.