A foreign language is best assimilated in the early years of life. At Tower we make that learning experience pleasant and motivating.
Join Us 2 (7 and 8 years).
Tower methodology recognises that each child has their own learning style. It might be that the student learns new language best through the use of flashcards, with the interactive whiteboard, playing with cards, board games with giant dice, dancing, singing, practising dialogues and performing sketches with his or her classmates, or enjoying individual time with the activity book.
Join Us 2 like all the book series we use, is based on the “Multiple Intelligences” theory, which seeks to develop the students’ cognitive, intellectual, social, and motor skills.
It can be used by students who have been learning English since pre-school as well as by new students, as it recycles and expands on previous language themes whilst presenting a great volume of new words and expressions in a pleasant and memorable way.
The whole class is taught in English with the aim of accustoming the students to speaking in English naturally.
If it is the students first year at Tower, we teach classroom instructions and the Tower class routine. To start with students demonstrate their comprehension by responding with physical actions (TPR), and when they have gained confidence, they begin to ask and answer using the language at their own level. All Tower teachers have English as their first language, and a qualification that allows them to teach all over the world. Therefore, they do not necessarily speak Spanish and the communicative situation becomes authentic. Translation is avoided as it is not conducive to creating an entirely English speaking classroom.
Classes are divided into three stages. Firstly, seated in a semicircle students
revise and remember the previous class, and the teacher presents the day’s new language. Secondly, the students practise and play with what is new, incorporating their prior knowledge. Thirdly, with the Activity Book at “table time”, the teacher dedicates personalized time to each student in the group and follows his or her individual progress.
Throughout these earlier years Jolly Phonics, a system to aid reading and spelling development in English, is incorporated in the syllabus. Jolly Phonics is the method used in British primary schools to teach the 42 English phonemes.
Students learn to read simple book with the aim of reaching the next stage as strong readers in English.
Each pupil is monitored individually and at the end of the term they are given a progress report in the form of a certificate. In addition to the end of term reports, if pupils wish, they may perform an “End of Year Show” for their parents with sample activities, games, and songs learnt throughout the year.