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 book "Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability", praised worldwide by parents and experts in the field. Available at Amazon amzn.to/22XKuCt, the global Amazon sites, and other booksellers.
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.
Nellie: My daughter came home from school with her first "naughty word" in French (caca boudin)! I guess this means she is now officially integrated!
Sept 22, 2017 5:54:43 GMT 9
Nellie: Adam - will watch the video as soon as I can (living circumstances not permitting right now - we are still in temp accommodation and I can't turn on volume) - looking forward to it!
Sept 22, 2017 5:56:44 GMT 9
Mayken: Skyping with grandma last night had to be cancelled due to technological problems - I needed to talk my mom through a Skype update and her phone battery died. :-(
Sept 25, 2017 20:45:42 GMT 9
Joanna: sorry Mayken...this is sad but funny as I'm sure many skype Grandparents have the same woes !(mine..) For us this weekend: potty training has led to great quality time reading and chatting, and some pretty hilarious ml questions
Sept 26, 2017 6:20:44 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken and Joanna, I can relate! My mother (Grandma) can't seem to get the sound on her computer working so when we Skype, we also have to use the telephone!
Sept 26, 2017 6:36:03 GMT 9
Mayken: Adam, and Joanna, it's good to know we're not alone in this!
Sept 27, 2017 2:46:28 GMT 9
Joanna: Planning a long Christmas minority language visit, so exciting!
Sept 30, 2017 14:46:01 GMT 9
Mayken: Yay! Skype is working again on my mom's tablet, meaning we can skype with ml grandma again!
Oct 2, 2017 23:12:24 GMT 9
Mayken: The other day my mom (monolingual ml) called while my daughter and I were out, so Daddy (monolingual ML) answered. My mom was amazed to find out he isn't monolingual ML any more after all, and praised his active ml ability.
Oct 3, 2017 23:28:39 GMT 9
Joanna: For each day my daughter is exposed to other people speaking English (here in France) I put a little star on the calendar...trying to fill it up!
Oct 8, 2017 3:52:17 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice motivating idea, Joanna! And Mayken, thanks for sharing your good news on two fronts!
Oct 9, 2017 7:11:50 GMT 9
Marisa: My daughter won't say number one in Spanish or English, but in German! She loves recognizing the number and saying it out loud... it sounds more like the word 'ice' in English, though, but it's 'eins.' Number 9, however, is 'nueve'. So funny!
Oct 11, 2017 10:33:45 GMT 9
Mayken: My dad's giving Adam's book to his Lithuanian friend's daughter, whose husband is sceptical about their little girl learning German.
Oct 14, 2017 21:10:20 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken, thank you for sharing my book! I hope it can be helpful to them!
Oct 16, 2017 15:57:32 GMT 9
Marisa: Adam, another bilingual monkey is about to be born near me (one of my colleagues is giving birth tomorrow), so I also got her and her husband a copy of your book... this world needs more bilingual kids!
Oct 18, 2017 0:06:43 GMT 9