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PRESCHOOL LEARNERS

20160320_174448.jpgAll of us have ever asked ourselves the question what is the best age to start teaching kids a second language? Well, and all of us have different opinions on the issue, some of us may even stand at the very extremes of the line.

When I had a baby in 2011, I decided for myself that I was not going to 20160320_165741.jpgteach him anything. Literally nothing! I wanted him to be a real kid, just like me, without the burden of all the clubs and trainings that today’s fashionable moms make a big fuss over.

However, it came naturally that he started to ask me questions at a certain age. Questions about everything. And I felt I had to give him clear and satisfying answers. At some point, he started finding and watching English cartoons every time he 20160320_173422.jpgmanaged to snatch a tablet. Naturally, he started imitating the speech of the characters. When he made mistakes or misused a word I, as a teacher, couldn’t resist the temptation to correct him, explain, and even have small dialogues with him. Unnoticeably, he started to speak a bit of English after some months.

Now the idea of those preschool clubs started to make sense to me. I wanted to have my own club where my son could play with real kids, not a tablet, and learn English at the same time. I kept the idea in my mind for more than a year and I was about to give it up, when a friend suggested starting up a club of that kind. She is a mom of two little kids and she is the owner of a big horse riding club. So now we had all we needed: the kids, the teacher, the space, and what is more, horses to ride. Isn’t it ideal?

In March we had our first class, with about 10 kids ages 3 to 6. We sang in English, we played in English, we ate and drank in English, and we learned that we need to clean up after playing and eating. The kids rode horses and played in the yard. It was raining the whole day through but everyone was too happy to notice.

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The New Experience

Through the years of my tutoring experience I had students with different needs for English: some were university applicants and needed grammar prep, others needed ESP such as English for banking, bookkeeping, economics. 80% of all the students I have ever had have come for general English. Basic communication skills, this is what they sought for. But the only feature that all these people shared was they all were adults or people in their late teens.

SO when my friend who has a 10-year-old boy suggested starting a group for early teens I was doubtful. I feared it more than anything as I thought I could not handle it. Not me! I have always got along with my older students but I have always thought that early teens are tough to deal with. Mainly because I still remember me and my classmates at school… and how we behaved… and how sincerely we didn’t care about what our teacher was talking about… and how we looked at our watches every 5 seconds with the hope that the class would draw to its end al last!

I just didn’t want to be the person making all that boredom and speaking words and ideas that would be ignored. So after two months of doubting I accepted the challenge and set up the group.

There are only three people there at this moment. But much to my surprise they like it! How do I know they do? The second time we had a class they refused to leave my room, claiming that the 1 hour was not yet over. They just wouldn’t believe it they were in my office for already an hour and a half. When I pointed to the watch they were just astonished.

Here are several photos from our classes full of fun and enjoyment both for me and my young learners.

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