The method that we use, it’s one created by Josep Maria Artigal. It’s good to remember his motto: We learn a language when we do interesting things with others; it’s the intensity and emotion what makes us subjects of learning.
We teach through short stories. These stories are dialogues between two characters and in the beginning, is the teacher, the one that represents all of them without any visual support. What is important is the tone that is given and the accompanying gestures, which always must be equal for each oral expression. The child memorizes everything, and before the teacher says anything, he knows what he has to say in English. The child feels as the main character, he feels important.
Once children know the story, they start working it with games, flashcards and some material to draw or cut and glue to support the learning process.
The children bring at home a “Puppet Theatre”, where is drawn the setting of a particular story and some stickers that represent the characters. It’s very important to listen to them, since as Josep Maria Artigal says “Languages are acquired when you use them”
These videos are a little demonstration of their achievements as well as the differents activities we have been working to learn the story.
“Peggy and Granny”
Peggy doesn’t like soup, but Granny comes up with an ingenious solution.
Peggy is a big girl. She is three years old. But sometimes, she sucks her thumb.
A little boy walks down the street sees a balloon and picks it up. The balloon is dirty so he goes to a fountain to clean it. He blows the balloon up and looks at it proudly. And then…
Emmy asks her Mummy to make a cake. Mummy says “OK, let’s make a cake”. They put in yoghurt, eggs, chocolate, flour and sugar. They mix everything with the mixer, and they put it in the oven and wait for a while. And then…