Before children can understand words, most of their information about the world is gathered from observation. They can look at a toy hanging above their bed for hours. Over time they discover a close connection between image and language. They learn new words from children’s books and they remember them without effort, completely naturally. The same mechanism applies throughout our entire lives.
85% of all information is delivered to us through sight. Since it is quicker to remember images that are easy to name, learning English starts by introducing vocabulary known to a child from their near environment: animals, household appliances, toys, etc. With our younger groups we use colourful pictures and word cards; with older ones — numerous graphical elements and various fonts.
Children like richly illustrated handbooks that stimulate their curiosity. That is why we design our teaching aids to be eye-catching and suitable in content for their age group. To facilitate memorising new words in class, we present interesting comic books, funny stories, rebus puzzles and other related materials. We adorn our school with artistic and linguistic projects created by students and teachers, thus making the learning space colourful and cheerful.
By skillfully combining motion, words and images we stimulate several senses at one go. That helps students and teachers use only English in the classroom. In this way, we motivate every child to learn more effectively. This is one of the key elements of our teaching methodology.