At GRATA school, children have a great opportunity to get wrapped up in mastering a foreign language while working in a Montessori class. It happens naturally and easily.
The acquaintance and study of the English language, which is the second language of communication at school, begins on the very first day a child arrives at school.
The Montessori environment creates the perfect environment for learning a second language as it contains the key elements of language development.
Principles of approaching language at our school:
In a Montessori classroom, children have the opportunity to move at their own pace. Realizing that each child is different both in the pace and in the ways of learning a language, the Montessori teacher closely observes the child and offers him lessons in accordance with his capabilities. The teaching of every child a foreign language can vary in speed and methods.
In a Montessori class, a foreign language is part of the educational environment. Coming to class, children begin communicating with an English-speaking teacher throughout the day. Here throughout is much better
The child adds vocabulary through active interaction with English-speaking teachers. Communication takes place while working with materials in various areas of the class, in the process of cooking, going for walks and lunch. Thus, children have the opportunity to receive the active language in real life situations.
In each class of our school, there are two teachers working with children who are fluent in English.
At our school, English speaking teachers always speak only English with children and adults in class. Thus, children become more motivated to communicate in a foreign language and can see clear separation of linguistic structures.
Learning a language is easier during early childhood. Dr. Montessori has defined a "sensitive period" for language learning in children from birth to six years of age. At this age, children can easily learn a new language from their environment. At our school, children are introduced to a foreign language and gain experience of communication in it starting from pre-school.
Children learn to correct mistakes on their own in a Montessori class. An adult only gives the correct example and carefully guides them. This gives children confidence in their abilities and the desire to speak a new language.
From an early age, children absorb language grammar through interaction with English-speaking teachers in various situations throughout the day. Older children begin to learn parts of speech with grammar symbols in the Casa dei Bambini class with Montessori materials and continue their immersion in English grammar in the Elementary class.