YOUNG LEARNERS COURSES: AGES 5-7:
“Super Minds” Starters, Level 1 and Level 2 by Cambridge University Press.
Class Time: Each class is 1 hour and the class meets 2 times each week.
Young learners are introduced to all aspects of learning English including vocabulary, grammar, writing, listening and conversation. We also stress motor and cognitive developmental skills as well as developing thinking skills through using music, games and mental activities. The courses use music and rhythm to help learn new vocabulary and make learning fun and interesting. The course also uses modern phonics methods to help students learn to recognize the sounds of letter patterns and identify these sounds in written words. In all three courses students learn and practice using new thinking skills such as comparison, classifying, sequencing, matching and logical thinking. In the classroom, an electronic white board is used to help students learn by using interactive games and activities and the themes of this course are designed to appeal to young learners. While learning new language skills we also stress cognitive development by using puzzles and games to help learn English and to help develop thinking strategies and skills. Also, students also practice at home with student workbook activities.
Our Young Learners courses are based on the Cambridge University language program which helps these young learners progress from a “starter level” or A0 to an “elementary level” A1 by working through 3 different course programs. The themes in these courses help students to grow in their use of English with relevant topics that help the child to study and speak about school life, home and family, and the basics of body and movement. All three of these courses use the Cambridge University Press curriculum called “SuperMinds” and each course is designed to be completed in one academic year of study. This means that by the fourth class, students will be ready to study English at level A1 and they can receive a certificate from Cambridge University for completing the STARTERS level and successfully passing the exam. Students who successfully complete these courses will be ready and able to use English at level A1.
Super Minds Starter: Topics that children study includes the alphabet, numbers and counting, colors, family, school, home, toys and play, face and body parts and body movement, farm and animals, food, clothes, and transport. In each class students review vocabulary and practice speaking and singing new words. Also, in each class students practice a variety of skills including listening, following instructions, speaking with repetition and songs, fine motor skills with writing, tracing and matching, and cognitive skills using puzzles and games to identify, sort, and match similar themes.
Super Minds Level 1: Themes that children study includes greetings, numbers, colors, friends, classroom objects, toys and play, animals and pets, food and meals, days of the week, home, clothes, body parts and actions, holidays and seasons. Again, in each class students practice a variety of skills at a higher level including listening, following instructions, speaking with repetition and songs, fine motor skills with writing, tracing and matching, and cognitive skills using puzzles and games to identify, sort, and match similar themes. Students are introduced to speaking in dialogues through stories and they practice taking and quizzes to demonstrate skills.
Super Minds Level 2: The topics that children study includes school and classroom, daily routine, animals, places in a town, food, furniture, the face, transport, sport and holidays. The vocabulary and themes are developed to a higher level and again students learn through songs, dialogues, and speaking about stories. Also, free speaking activities help develop natural speech. Student writing skills are developed to complete basic writing tasks such as writing a letter or note and basic spelling and grammar are stressed. Reading themes are fun and interesting and help develop higher reading skills through stories and relevant content for this age.
In all three courses students are introduced to Cambridge exam concepts at the end of the Level 2 course students can take a Cambridge exam and receive a certificate from Cambridge University for completing the STARTERS level.
We monitor student’s progress regularly throughout the school year and help students to practice the exam skills needed for completion of their level. Students must be actively involved in their study in these courses to complete them successfully including participation in class activities and regularly completing home tasks. We keep parents informed of students’ involvement in the courses especially regarding the completion of homework tasks and we make recommendations for improving their study habits in progress reports to the parents.