Our English language program

In our pre-school kindergarten the language education is “applied in everyday activities”. It means that the children are getting acquainted with the foreign language as it is integrated in the usual kindergarten life similar to how they did or still do with their mother language.

By taking advantage of the most intensive phase of the speech development derived from the actual age period they are in and which is also called as “the susceptible stage” when man learns certain skills, knowledge and capabilities more efficiently than in other stage in life the commencement with the learning foreign language in childhood in most cases based on the natural ways of learning the mother language.

As the learning of the mother language at this age has not been completed yet the child handles the foreign language with the same self-evidence and easiness as it does with the mother language. At a later stage though when during the grammar and general language education it starts to deal with the language with much more consciousness and diligence this consciousness is used also for acquirement of the foreign language and it stays valid for the mother language either. In this way the learning of the two, mother and foreign languages remains in constant interference and enrichment to the benefit of both.

In our educational program the introduction of the English language is emphasized very intensely though speaking focused vocabulary, the practice of the common speaking panels, learning of songs and says in order to make children like English.
In our facility we speak English during the whole day. The activities that are in fact based on playing and visual make possible that the children will like learning the language and will use the English language everyday situations. This process will enable that by the end of the pre-school/kindergarten years their passive knowledge turns into active.

The objectives of English language education

  • familiarization with foreign language
  • competence in correspondence in foreign language and foundation and development of usable language skills
  • inter- and multicultural education of the children
  • enable children to learn languages by themselves
  • beside or partially instead of the quantitative goals (i.e. itemized language skills) it is of outmost importance to reach the qualitative goals (i.e. educate with the tool of the language)

Tools

  1. preference of the activity focused education
  2. enabling an experience based language learning
  3. we assure by the high regularity and frequency that dealing with foreign language becomes part of the children’s everyday life
  4. by the early stage language education we positively influence the children’s competence for languages
  5. the kindergarten teacher is able to pay attention to each child and therefore the children are provided with sufficient time and event for expressions in foreign language
  6. execution of various activity- and work forms
  7. the products of the common activities (such as drawings, posters, results of collecting works etc.) are used for the decoration of the playing rooms and therefore making children feel the benefit and value of their work
  8. establishment of a playing corner where they can look at their favorite books, create their own “special stories”, listen to music etc. if they like
  9. joint, group fairytale, music and experience collecting “huts” with the help of the "listening pillow"
  10. a large separate shelf for the equipment of the manual activities (i.e. paper, scissor, glue etc.) where boxes with task oriented signs help the children to find the tool they seek for
  11. listening to CD in foreign language
  12. we work with texts and work forms that excite children, catch their attention, making them think or even laugh in order to make it possible that their imagination can be set free
  13. putting emphasis on the development of various skills we try to bring out their creativity
  14. tales and says: understanding and practicing conversations with the help of authentic materials
  15. creative communication: improvement of speaking skills through activities
  16. project in foreign language: integrated skill development with project work – using base level content of various subjects (games, work-like activities, getting to know the outside world practically, establishment of the mathematical ways of looking and thinking, moving and work-out, singing – music, fairytales – poems, drawing – molding and fancy work) with the help of learning incorporated in kindergarten age playing
  17. our methods are based on curiosity, thirst for knowledge, need for communication, skill and ability of personation and the trying of the speaking-centric, active, activating, sensual foreign language education in kindergartens
  18. we expand the circle of words and structures systematically throughout the time they spend with us as well as give the tools in their hands in order to encourage them to do so by themselves more and more often
  19. we "re-establish" the world of the mother language with the support of the foreign language whereby we can simply transfer all the knowledge learned in mother language into the medium of the foreign language
  20. our aim is to make the children using their language knowledge spontaneously and flexibly as many times as possible