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.
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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.
Mayken: My 7-year-old, her ML dad and a ml family are going to the Christmas market at a ml school today - and I can't go with them! (Hope that ML dad's presence doesn't stop the kids from speaking ml together.)
Dec 2, 2017 22:12:04 GMT 9
Amy: I'm sure the language balance is heavily in favour of the ml. Don't you worry Mayken. And it's also good that your daughter sees that the ml exists beyond the Mummy sphere. It will give more weight to the ml to hear from another sphere.
Dec 2, 2017 22:51:42 GMT 9
Mayken: In the end, it was my daughter with ML dad and the other girl with ML mom (but who's fluent in ml). The other girl got tired of ml after a while but my girl chatted with people in ml and bought ml books and a snack, all in ml!
Dec 5, 2017 0:29:57 GMT 9
Amy: Not so bad after all then, Mayken
Dec 5, 2017 6:27:24 GMT 9
Mayken: Not bad at all, I just regret I wasn't there with them.
Dec 6, 2017 6:11:36 GMT 9
Amy: As the French have it Mayken: "ce n'est que partie remise!"
Dec 6, 2017 18:47:06 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter wrote her letter to Santa in the ml this weekend, and we'll send it to Santa's address in the ml country, that way she'll get an ml letter back from him! Last item on her wishlist reads "The second Harry Potter book, and more books."
Dec 11, 2017 23:59:38 GMT 9
Adam Beck: More books is always good!
Dec 12, 2017 8:15:58 GMT 9
Adam Beck: For Christmas: The Most Beautiful Video You Might Ever See About a Bilingual Familybuff.ly/2nI2yrE
Dec 12, 2017 8:16:04 GMT 9