Frequently Asked Questions
View our Frequently Asked Questions to gain a better understanding of our teaching strategies and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) methodology.
Children imitate what they see and hear, and are quick to memorise new information. Our classes feature a balance of stirring activities (active tasks that incorporate movement) and settling tasks (less active tasks such as writing, colouring, arts & crafts) to cater for the various learning styles. By engaging in tasks in an English environment, children naturally start to pick up the language used in the classroom. For example, a phrase such as "pass me the scissors please" can be visual (as they see the item), aural (hearing the teacher model the phrase) and kinaesthetic (physically using the item).
iQ2. Why is the style of the classes so different to the English lessons at my child’s school? Which teaching method is correct?
At EfA, our aim is to enhance students’ productive English skills by immersing them in an English speaking environment. Smaller class sizes - with a maximum of nine students per class - allow all students to have opportunity to practise their English skills as well as build their confidence in speaking. Students can then apply their acquired language skills to practical tasks that will benefit them in future where they are required to speak English, for instance at school, university or at work. Classes feature different types of student interaction patterns through games, pair and group work, discussions, presentations, drama and role-plays.
iQ3. How long will it take to see improvements in my child’s English?
Our classes are interactive and communicative. Students are encouraged to participate as much as they can. Children learn best when they are enjoying themselves, so we make sure classes are fun and engaging for our learners.
To speed up your child’s progress, our range of after-school ENGLISH CLUB classes provide even more opportunities for students to practice what they are learning. For more information on our ENGLISH CLUB schedule and the special offers for our weekend students please speak to our Learning Centre staff.
iQ4. Does it matter if my child makes mistakes?
iQ5. Why is there no homework?
If you would like your child to do homework, why not put aside time to review what they have learnt each week with you. You will find that if your child explains what they have studied, in English, they will greater their understanding.
iQ6. The classes are too active. It seems as if the teacher cannot control the students.
From time to time a student may become excitable when participating in a game or activity, which could disrupt the class. Our teachers are trained to handle these situations. In the event that a student continually disrupts the lessons, the teacher will inform our Learning Centre Management Team and we will speak to the student and/or the student’s parents. All such instances are handled in complete confidence.
iQ7. Which online platform are you using for the lessons and how can I get started?
iQ8. Are online lessons as engaging as in-person lessons?
iQ9. Are the online lessons suitable for Kindergarten students? How will my child be able to focus?
To help students focus, we typically schedule two short breaks in a 60-minute lesson, encourage students to do stretches, drink water and go to the toilet, and find something to keep them focussed. Still unsure? Watch the video of our Online ENGLISH CLUB to decide for yourself.
iQ10. What should I do if my child does not know how to use some of the Zoom tools?