Hi! I'm a TEFL teacher and up to now have been working in private academies. However since the birth of my son, I've been a stay at home mum and trying to fit in private teaching when I can. I'm tossing up the possibilities of what I could do work wise as most academies pay very little and the majority of work is in the afternoons/evenings which means that I spend little time with my children especially now that my daughter is at school. One option I'd love to do is open a bilingual nursery so I would love to hear your experiences if your children have attended/attend one or if you have worked in one! My daughter went to a nursery which had English and had a native English woman and her bilingual daughter who worked there.
Yes, me too which is what gave me the idea!! I know that many Spanish families take their children to afterschool classes or "bilingual" schools as learning English is very important here. However, many of the bilingual schools aren't very bilingual. For example, at my daughter's school they have more hours of English in the infants than say a state school but she doesn't have any classes in English until she starts primary next year at 6 going on 7. I think a "true" or "proper" bilingual nursery school would be great and quite successful in my city as there is no true bilingual nursery school!
Tracey, at one point, I tried to open an English-speaking preschool here in Japan. To make a long story short, the project collapsed over money matters and ended up in court--not exactly the happy vision I originally had for it.
If this idea seems viable in your situation, on a scale that's realistic for you, then I say, "Go for it!" Just be very careful about the financial side of things, particularly if you bring on any partners or investors.
Adam Beck is the founder of Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo, and the author of the popular non-fiction book Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability amzn.to/22XKuCt and the humorous novel How I Lost My Ear amzn.to/2EsjVRS, both available worldwide.
Thanks for your advice Adam! At the moment, I'm just tossing ideas around in my head. I'm not really sure if they would come to anything. I'm not very business minded and would need financial aid to start something up. Plus I don't even know if I'd have the right qualifications etc in order to be able to open a bilingual nursery. I have recently done a day course about being a "monitor de ludoteca" (a playgroup monitor) to open up further possibilities.
Thanks for your advice Adam! At the moment,I´m just tossing ideas around in my head.I´m not really sure if they would come to anything....I´m not very business minded and would need financial aid to start something up. Plus I don´t even know if I´d have the right qualifications etc in order to be able to open a bilingual nursery. I have recently done a day course about being a "monitor de ludoteca" (a playgroup monitor)to open up further possibilities.
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Wojtek: I found sample Eiken tests on grade 5 and 4 (There was Adam's article) and did the first part with my daughter (20 questions). On Grade 5 she did 16 of 20 correctly and on grade 4: 12 of 20. Not so bad though. She failed those where grammar was included.
Feb 15, 2018 20:43:25 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Wojtek, your daughter is still very young so I would say those are really positive results! Your efforts are clearly producing a lot of progress. Good for you, and good for your daughter!
Feb 16, 2018 7:52:23 GMT 9
Undraa: A big congrats from my end to you for your new book Adam!
Feb 16, 2018 16:50:56 GMT 9
Wojtek: Big thanks, Adam. Those tests on grade 5 are so basic but anyway they prove that my girl understands them and knows the answers. That was quite interesting experience.
Feb 16, 2018 16:54:32 GMT 9
Wojtek: Congratulations on your book, Adam! I read the beginning on Amazon and as always I have the impression you took several pages from the dictionary with a range of sophisticated words and just put them in. That's why the book will be very valuable for me.
Feb 16, 2018 17:01:19 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Wojtek, thanks! Even if you're unfamiliar with some of the vocabulary, I think the lively story will carry you through the book. I hope you enjoy it, and also find it useful for your English!
Feb 16, 2018 18:43:12 GMT 9
Dani: Hi everyone, It has been a while... Congrats on your new book Adam! Would love to get a copy too.
Feb 17, 2018 8:30:36 GMT 9
Mayken: Adam, your guest poster sounds just as crazy as you - and I mean that as a compliment!
Feb 21, 2018 5:13:52 GMT 9
Adam Beck: You're right, Mayken! And I told him that!
Feb 21, 2018 6:25:52 GMT 9
Amy: I totally agree with you Mayken!
Feb 22, 2018 1:50:25 GMT 9
Kristin T.: Just bought your bilingual book off amazon, can't wait to search for more tips and inspiration!
Feb 26, 2018 4:05:20 GMT 9
Wojtek: I've just ordered k12 pre-k program for the next whole year. Probably will be very demanding but hopefully, it will give me and my daughter lots of fun as there are lots of online activities too...
Feb 26, 2018 4:10:20 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Kristin, I hope you find it helpful and encouraging! I look forward to your impressions!
Feb 26, 2018 5:12:34 GMT 9
Mayken: Last night I dreamed I was on a package tour in a Russian-speaking country, talking to a hotel employee mixing up my (little remaining) Russian and my (basic) Italian. Woke up thinking "квартира in Russian doesn't mean the same as camera in Italian"!
Mar 2, 2018 6:16:20 GMT 9