A foreign language is best assimilated in the early years of life. At Tower we make that learning experience pleasant and motivating.
Join Us 3 (8 and 9 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 or 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 3 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 encouraging the students to naturally speak in English. 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 language at their own level. All Tower teachers have English as their first language, plus a qualification allowing them to teach all over the world. Therefore, they do not necessarily speak Spanish, and the communicative situation in the lesson 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 books with the aim of reaching the next stage as strong readers in English.
At this age students are old enough to take the Trinity College London Spoken English examinations. A Trinity examiner, who does not speak Spanish, comes to Tower to hold a short individual interview in English. Students then obtain a Trinity certificate stating the level entered. The exams are prepared and practised during class time, and as the exam date approaches there are free extra-practice sessions.