Such Fun! English at KC De Hobbit
Recently, learning English as an additional language from the age of 4, has been subject of research and both political and public enthusiasm. Reasons to start as early as that, were the fact that natural language acquisition takes place before the age of 7, the ability of very young learners to learn a language through play and practically without an accent, as well as the lack of fear to actually speak in another language.These are the reasons why KC the Hobbit decided to participate in the Such Fun-programme that was set up for ATO-scholenkring by Yvonne Scherphof. Yvonne finds teacher trainees, starting graduated teachers and language students from the UK and from the Netherlands, who teach English to our pupils in groups 1 until 8.
Miss Louise Bevan, who teaches at our school, became Specialist of Early English at the Hogeschool Utrecht. She is a bilingual teacher, who has worked at Such Fun! since 2015 and teaches English at De Hobbit throughout the year, as well as at a few other ATO-schools within the Such Fun! programme.
English is taught according to principles of Total Physical Response (pupils move and react with their whole body while learning the new vocabulary) and using Multiple intelligences to meet the different learning styles.
Superinventors on the moveFrom 2020 De Hobbit takes part in an Erasmus+ project about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths, called Superinventors on the Move.Read all there is to know about the project here
On the 17th of October we will welcome our colleagues from the schools in Italy, Slovenia and Spain. We will give them a warm welcome to the Netherland and provide a tour around the school, where they can see how we teach English at de Hobbit. De rest of the week will be filled with activities to learn more about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths). We will also create lessons together around topic ‘Space’, using a beautiful book with the super inventors. We plan to inspire each other to use more STEAM in our English lessons.
In March and October of 2022, we will pay schools in Portugal and Slovenia a visit with a couple of teacher of KC de Hobbit. In April of 2023 we will visit a school in Italy. Each visit will be around a certain topic, like ‘Space’ in the Netherlands. We will keep you posted!