In Argentina, there are two ideas on learning English as a second language. Some people think that it is not necessary because in our country we speak Spanish. And there is a growing group that believes that English is absolutely necessary because we live in a world that functions in English, in every aspect. What’s more, some of us consider it vital that children start learning it as young as possible (and not at 10 years old as it happens in the state schools). That is why I started teaching young children in kindergarten (2 to 5 years old) and primary school. What an incredible experience!
Young children – in Argentina like everywhere else – are spontaneous, curious, creative, and avid of learning. It’s wonderful to see their little amazed faces when listening to or reading a story and to have fun with them when singing or playing.
I’ve always taught in private schools and language schools, where learning English is a must and teachers have the freedom to apply the latest methodological approaches. In many opportunities, I could decide which textbook to use, and even better, not to use a textbook at all, but stories, movies, songs, and games. Once I tried it, I adopted it forever! It allows me to adjust my lessons to the needs and preferences of my students.
After deciding on the teaching points for the year, I choose stories, videos, songs, games, and other activities to reach those goals; always stuff that could amaze my pupils. Not any song or story can make the magic!
Then, I can plan my classes with the best materials from the ones I had already chosen. And finally, I share wonderful moments in the classroom when the children enjoy the lessons.
I know, not everything is perfect; some kids need an extra dose of love, others respond to incentives to work harder, or maybe more practice or help is necessary for a few of them. Or what is worse, I have to adapt everything to teach online due to the pandemic.
But, if you love what you do, the children will also love it.
I was so lucky! I could fulfill my dream! I could enjoy seeing my students having a good time in our English classes and learning at the same time.