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The English Language School

English lessons at our School

There are 9 hours of lessons in English per week.

Lessons with Native Speakers of English (6 hours a week)- groups of 7-9 children

Lessons with an English teacher (3 hours e week)

Each class is divided into level groups. Depending on pupils' knowledge of English, they work in groups of the same level.Teachers can adjust difficulty of their lessons to the groups.

The age of pupils in primary school is the best age to learn languages. At this age children can easily learn the right accent and foreign structures.

Advantages of bilingualism: knowledge of a foreign language influences a child's development in many areas. The most common is social development- the ability to communicate with people from different cultures what gives good experiences and prospects.
School children, learning a foreign language at school, have a better awareness of all the structures and grammatical rules. Thanks to this knowledge they can consciously build their speech which will be rich in structures and vocabulary.

As a result, pupils use abstract expressions more skill fully than children speaking only one language.

Primary school children are full of energy and expression, willing to learn about the world. We use this information in the process of teaching.

The communicative approach is based on the foundation that language is necessary for communication in specific situations. Each grammatical structure or a vocabulary group has its own function, e.g. describing oneself, negotiating, offering things, etc.

In this method pupils are asked to perform in certain role plays and dialogues. Authentic materials for listening and reading are used here (leaflets, TV shows, dialogues eg. at a post office). It means pupils practice all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. A very nice thing about the communicative approach is its flexibility allowing teachers choose exercises, adjust them to the needs of pupils and given expectations. This method allows teachers use each child's individual abilities. In class activities reflect real communication. That is why there are so many dialogues, simulations, acting, games, riddles and discussions in pairs and groups that engage pupils to communicate in the foreign language. The process of learning language is similar to the way a small child learns to speak- they learn about things around them with big pleasure. In this method pupils use all their senses in the process of learning.



THE AIMS: developing all 4 language skills- reading, writing, listening and speaking

Listening

  • Getting familiar with English sounds and intonation
  • Listening to different English scripts (teacher's instructions, cartoons, songs, etc.)
  • Developing the ability to follow teacher's instructions (verbal and nonverbal)
  • Developing the ability to listen and understand the situation (classroom communication, role plays) and to react accurately
  • Developing the ability to understand the context (cartoons, stories and role plays)
  • Developing the ability to find certain information in the listening task

Speaking

  • Practising the right English intonation and pronunciation
  • Teaching language habits by:
    - choir and individual repetitions
    - Repeating typical interactive expressions (asking for the time, date, weather, etc.)
    - Using formulaic chunks making pupils react verbally
  • We encourage pupils to speak and experiment with the language without the fear of making a mistake.

Reading

  • Teaching pupils recognise graphic forms of words and associating them with their phonetic forms.
  • Familiarising pupils with the written form of words and then sentences.
  • Reading aloud.
  • Developing the love of reading for pleasure (eg. reading favourite tales)

Writing

  • Teaching to write single words gradually (from copying words to labelling pictures)
  • Teaching to write sentences and short texts by copying them and filling in gaps.
  • Encouraging pupils to use the language creatively, for example in free writing.

Cambridge Young Learners English Tests preparation in our School.
The YLE tests have three levels: Starters, Movers and Flyers. They set international standards in teaching English in primary schools for both teachers and learners. The tests have international range- pupils from all over the world are assessed in the same way, the assessment rules are the same and pupils get the same Cambridge certificates (Cambridge ESOL- English for Speakers of Other Languages).

Examiners from Cambridge check the tests. The exams are accepted by over 15 thousand universities, employers and governments around the world. Cambridge exams are widely accepted as a proof of knowledge of a language.

Depending on pupil's knowledge of the language, they can then take next exams KET or PET. Later, they can take FCE, CAE or CPE exams- these are international certificates for adults