This is How We Do it at Birmy International English School
Birmy English School cultivates an environment for children that provides English education that is as easy as reading ABC’s and counting 123’s and through learning experiences. It is a fact that children especially under 8 years old are not at a conversational level in speaking the English language as a mean of communication. The school hear the needs of those who wish to learn the language easily. There are many ways though to teach English but with us ,these are the simplest way.
Children are usually anxious during the first time of class or entering a new environment. A big sweet warm smile is the best way to welcome a child. It helps the environment bright and light. Also, parents will feel comfortable and pleased leaving their children to a smiling, friendly teachers. And oh, you can also add a little hug with that smile.
Birmy English School believes that it is always effective to look down or be at the child’s eye level. A teacher , especially in a close distance must squat or bend down so their eyes will meet. Looking at teacher’s eyes actually gives comfort and calmness inside the classroom. Also, wall crafts, decorations, word walls should also be leveled to their eyes. They easily get comfortable speaking those, more over they’d be touching the line of reading.
Adults, fluent in English, sometimes don’t mind talking fast, but with these kids, speed matters. Enunciation must be clear and as much as possible, use simple words for them to follow easily. Speaking repetitively helps especially for speaking beginners. They’d be able to copy your words, and directly correct when it is pronounced or said wrong.
As beginners, it is important to ask simple questions such as “What is your name?” or “What is this?” With these, their confidence boosts. Probably at first, they tend to be hesitant in answering, it is because they are nervous or still looking for their comfort zone with the people around and the environment. Also, praise them or appreciate them in every answer they give. Verbal praises give more encouragement and confidence for them to do well the next time.
Hand Gestures and Actions
Teachers are the actors of the classroom, and children are the viewers and imitator. So why not give them something good to imitate. When initiating a story, act, dance, sing! That’s what teachers do.