English – the language that rules most of the world, without which we almost cannot communicate with each other. I have some fond memories of attending Public Speaking course of English at the British Council in India after finishing my O levels. I really admired the way the Instructors spoke – purity and the richness of English awed me.
All these memories I relived when RainbowDiaries was invited for the preview of the British Council Singapore’s classes for the young adults.
I went with my 4.5 years son and we experienced an amazing class of phonics. As a mom, I discovered many good (and some bad) behavioural traits of my boy. Also, got to know about a few tips, tricks and resources that I can use to improve the knowledge of English for my kids.
Someone relaxing on the chair after the class is over…Happy and Excited!
and why not? When the teachers are fun!!!
What I loved about the English classes for Pre-schoolers?
Teachers are absolutely, completely, thoroughly “into it”. They are passionate about English, they are great in their technique!
They use multi-sensory approach. For example: Not just story-telling but they actually bring relevant things in the classroom. If the story is about baking a cake, there will be flour, pan to make it clearer for the kids.
There would be music and movement in the class to enhance the learning.
In the class that my son attended, I found the methodology is well-structured. Teachers introduced the phonics sounds via story first, later e-learning happened. To consolidate the learning, flash card method and picture coloring was also done. The teachers use this cool kids-friendly touch-projector to cement the phonics concepts.
Kids learn more than English in the British Council class. Manners, Sharing and Caring…
When I asked a few questions to the Heads of the British Council Singapore, I got straightforward, honest answers! No sales talk which was so welcome. Gist of my questions and their answers:
Q: Do you think usage of Singlish should not be done by kids?
A: Singlish is the way to strike a better communication with public in general. The British Council focuses on the use of proper English in academic, business and other formal scenarios. We don’t by any way discourage/disregard Singlish.
Q. Is your curriculum mapped with MOE syllabus?
A. Yes, We teach the same concepts. But we don’t focus on just gaining the marks in school. We teach the language in such a way that composition, comprehension skills of the students improve organically.
Books, books, everywhere…For all levels…
The British Council is coming up with its Open House from 26th November and you should take your kids without fail for the same. It’s always best to explore the way the experts teach English! Check the schedule below: