- I’m really worried. This is the first time my child has gone to an English conversation school. Will my child be alright?
- What kind of people are teachers at KIDS Campus?
- How is KIDS Campus different to other English conversation schools?
- Does each class have a Home Room Teacher?
- What about Preschool classes, do they have a Home Room Teacher?
- Do children have to speak English when they are in the classroom?
- How many students are there in one class?
- Are parents able to enter a classroom?
- What happens when my child starts going to a Japanese Preschool?
- I often ask my child to say something to me in English, but my child either doesn’t like to do it or my child ignores me. What does this mean?
I’m really worried. This is the first time my child has gone to an English conversation school. Will my child be alright?
For parents to worry is only natural. Naturally, your child will be a little nervous at first. This is to be expected. It’s the first English conversation school for your child. There is a new environment to get used to, and there are also new teachers to meet. The first goal parents and teachers must work towards is making your child feel comfortable with their new surroundings and new teachers. On average, depending on the age of the child, this can take about one month. Our experienced staff and teachers will watch your child’s progress and try to make their first lessons as stress free and as enjoyable as possible.
KIDS Campus prides itself on its variety of teachers. KIDS Campus teachers are people who understand how children communicate and arrange learning sequences and lessons accordingly. All of our native speaking English teachers have a keen interest in Japan. Our teachers enjoy communicating with Japanese people and exchanging views on foreign and Japanese culture.
KIDS Campus is different because we have created bright, colorful classrooms that provide an environment conducive to fun, enjoyable learning. KIDS Campus lessons do not revolve around opening textbooks and studying English page by page.
KIDS Campus lessons revolve around the notion of a relaxed learning environment for children. Children are able to learn English in a style that suits their learning style.
“A playing environment is also a learning environment”. Children use their whole body to learn new information and absorb it in a way they can personally use it. With this concept in mind KIDS Campus created the PLAY ROOM for children. The PLAY ROOM was designed as a classroom that allows children to physically explore the language they learn in their regular classroom lessons.
These differences set KIDS Campus apart from other English conversation schools.
KIDS Campus does not have a Home Room Teacher system. From time to time your child’s teacher may change. This stems from our policy that each child should have the opportunity to listen to a variety of spoken English. We want children to understand and accept that there are many kinds of English, and no one variety of English is better than another.
Preschool classes are also conducted without a Home Room Teacher. Preschool classes are conducted by Japanese English speaking teachers, native English speaking teachers and early child care teachers, to provide triple support for your child’s needs.
Children should not feel pressured to speak English in the classroom. Teachers will speak to the children in English. We strive to first create an environment where children first listen to English, develop confidence, and then speak English.
The maximum number of students in a Preschool class is twelve children.
The maximum number of students in an afternoon class is five children.
KIDS Campus strives to create a classroom environment that is enjoyable and conducive to learning English. To keep this environment stable and not disturb the children’s concentration and give the children a sense of independence, we do not encourage parents to enter the classroom. However, parents may enter the classroom by appointment. For those parents who wish to view how the children learn, we ask that you enquire at reception to make an appointment.
KIDS Campus also has a range of afternoon classes for children as well. We are more than happy to have your child come and join one of our afternoon programs.
I often ask my child to say something to me in English, but my child either doesn’t like to do it or my child ignores me. What does this mean?
Children quite often naturally judge the environment they are in as either an English speaking environment or not. Often than not if the environment is an English speaking friendly environment then the child will naturally speak English. Rather than saying to your child in Japanese “Say something in English!”, maybe a subtle approach like “Could you say this in English, please?” might receive a better response. Your child may surprise you by saying something in English.
One of our Japanese staff (Shinya Sensei) comments:
I went and studied in America. I would come back to my hometown in Hirosaki, my friends and family would often say to me, “Go on, say something in English!” Often what would happen is I would think, “Hey, this isn’t an English speaking environment. Why do I have to speak English?” For me it was kind of an unwanted pressure.
But I think if there was a native English speaker there at the time, I would have been able to show my friends and family that I really could speak English.