Songs, flashcards, marching, touching, finding, repeating and moving around all help the children to learn the sounds, distinguish between similar ones and perfect their pronunciation. They have sponge-like memories and can learn considerable amounts of vocabulary. The classes are very dynamic and participative, yet there is no pressure on the children. Many children are still in an absorbing phase in the first two years, and although understanding and responding, actually produce little until the third year. This is perfectly normal.
Our youngest learners are in 3º infantil and are mostly five years old. Their classes are shorter and cheaper than the older children’s and they only come to one class a week. As they are very little, every class has 8 or 9 short activities to keep their attention, which tires them. However, the shorter classes mean that they always finish the class wanting more and are keen to return the following week. A single weekly class instils the idea that English is a fun activity and not an extension of school.
The next step is very similar but there is the option to come once or twice a week in Year 1 Primary. The classes remain 45 minutes each.
Still at 45 minutes long, the children are now starting to make real sentences connecting subjects and verbs and using time phrases. The students only start to bring a notebook in Year 2 Primary.