A hAngol története
Summer of 2008
- So, are you willing to teach Sári or not? I would really like you to have some English lessons with her too.- said Kriszta after an English lesson
- Are you serious? Me? Heck no.- I replied quite explicitly.
- But, why not? You’ve been teaching for ages…She is only 5, I am sure it wouldn’t be an issue for you.
- Sorry Kriszta, but I do not work with kids. It is a completely different agenda, I have never done this before. You have to play and sing with them. The same way as they learn their 1st language. No..I’d rather stick to adults. I can do the good old grammar business with them 🙂 But, if I have kids, maybe I’ll see it from a different perspective and I’ll give it another thought. I promise, I’ll let you know 🙂
Summer of 2018
Although, Sári is 15 years old by now, and most probably she might have already taken her language exam as well, I keep my promise and I would like to let you know that I gave it a try 🙂 Yes, I started to work with kids too. And the way I do it is exactly what I said 10 years ago. No grammar or dictionaries! We just play. There is no “strict” teaching, but we sing, we play with puppets, we jump and move and the most important thing is: WE ARE HAVING A GREAT TIME!! The only twist is that we do all these things in English. And you know what? They enjoy it! And the best thing is that I probably enjoy it more than they do 🙂
Since the spring of 2015, I see everything through “Moms’ glasses”. I play and sing in English with my sons a lot. And it is really working! nThe main aim is not making them speak perfect English, NO!! but to make them more attuned to the language and help them to get to like it. So in 10 years they don’t panic when they hear English sentences. The language will sound familiar and the words can ring a bell. So what we do at my classes is just tuning to English 🙂
I hope, you are doing good as well. If you feel like coming to one of my concerts, I would be really happy to see you there with your family.