Learning should be fun and engaging. Our classes integrate all of the necessary components of English learning in an environment that encourages participation and helps students reach their full potential. All components of English (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) are taught in an fully integrated and age-appropriate system.
We organize our classes based on students' ages and English abilities, and the structure of our curriculum reflects this. Using these factors (age and ability level) and the results of initial student interviews, our Admissions Committee carefully places students into classes that will best fit their maturity level and their English needs.
For a more detailed overview of our curriculum for each age group, please see our information on our programs for young learners and for more advanced learners.
For our youngest students, we provide a comprehensive English curriculum organized into fun, age-appropriate themes. A theme-based teaching system incorporates a variety of skills and content by centering curriculum focuses around one main topic, allowing in-depth understanding of topics that are interesting and relevant for young learners. Within each theme, we teach elements of speaking, listening, reading, and writing while engaging students with interesting activities. Additionally, we understand our students are EFL (English as a Foreign Language) learners, meaning they are studying English in a country where English is not the primary language. Because of this, we incorporate essential elements of grammar, phonics, and vocabulary necessary to build a solid foundation in English.
● Theme-based teaching provides an educational environment that stimulates social, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth.
● Investigative learning is the most natural way to teach young, curious learners. By allowing students to learn through doing various kinds of activities, theme-based teaching gives ownership of the learning to the children.
● Themes provide a more in-depth study of the subject matter. Teaching with themes lets the teacher draw on everyone's talents.
● Theme-teaching is fun and motivating. Theme-teaching acts as an umbrella under which all aspects of English can be integrated.
● Learning within a theme-based program provides language learners with a multitude of opportunities to express themselves.
● A theme-based program provides pathways to engage students of all learning styles.
For our more advanced learners, we utilize reading and writing workshops to allow each student excel in English at his or her own pace. Reading and writing workshops are designed based on the premise that all learners are different, and learners need support in different areas to progress. Teachers provide tools, guided practice situations, and opportunities for students to improve as readers and writers. Students are taught reading and writing strategies that they can carry throughout their time as English learners and throughout their lives. Additionally, they are taught a variety of life skills: how to work independently, collaborate with others, communicate effectively, and take control of their own learning.
● Students learn to take responsibility for their learning and reflect upon their own learning experiences.
● Teachers introduce reading and writing strategies that students can then apply independently to their own reading and writing. During independent reading and writing sessions, students are given choice in what they read and write, leading to ownership of learning for students.
● Every student is different. Reading and writing workshops embrace each student's abilities and provide opportunities for students to improve on other skills.
● Students can work at their own pace.
● Students are able to share their ideas and work with other students, and consequently students learn from each other.
● Students receive a great deal of personalized feedback during conferences, which enables them to target specific areas of growth.
● Students are able to develop critical thinking skills not only through their individual tasks, but also during in-depth discussions and collaboration with classmates.
For PreK and kindergarten-aged students, we have a full day option. In the morning, students will practice themed topics, learning extensively about each theme and developing their vocabulary, foundational skills in reading and writing, communication skills, and problem-solving skills with extension activities and projects. The class will focus on different high-interest topics of study that are perfect for young learners. In the afternoon, students will have the opportunity to participate in enrichment activities related to the theme, such as science, math, art, movement and exercise, drama, Legos, and music extensions. Also built into all of our classes, especially at the youngest levels, is an aspect of character development, as we teach students the important concepts of respect, kindness, responsibility, independence, and much more. As students have the chance to practice all aspects of their English language skills, they will be able to express themselves creatively and develop many skills and interests through engaging activities, hands-on learning, and lots of fun!