Early Language Development and English Program at Pathway School
According to Maria Montessori (1949), the first six years of a child’s life are considered a sensitive period for language acquisition. Recognizing the importance of this early language development period, the Pathway ESL (English as Second Language) is specially designed for young learners who come from non-English speaking backgrounds. This program aims to provide a supportive and immersive environment where students can develop their language skills through a combination of English language instruction and content-based learning. By integrating language learning into various subjects, students not only improve their English proficiency but also gain a deeper understanding of how language is used in different concepts, allowing them to apply their language skills in real-life situations and enhancing their overall communication abilities.
The combination of Pathway ESL Program and Doodle Town Curriculum
The combination of the Pathway ESL Program and Doodle Town Curriculum offers a comprehensive and engaging learning experience for English language learners. The Pathway ESL Program provides a structured approach to language acquisition, focusing on grammar, vocabulary, listening, and speaking skills. On the other hand, the Doodle Town Curriculum incorporates interactive and creative activities that make learning English fun and enjoyable for students. Together, these two programs create a well-rounded educational environment that promotes language development and fluency in English. Besides, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Education for Sustainable Development and Citizenship (ESDC) are also integrated into the curriculum. SEL helps students develop skills such as empathy, self-awareness, and conflict resolution, while ESDC promotes global citizenship and environmental responsibility. By incorporating these aspects into the curriculum, students not only improve their language skills but also become well-rounded individuals who are equipped to navigate the complexities of the modern world.
The Pathway ESL program applies positive and creative teaching methods to help students acquire the necessary knowledge and English language skills in the most natural and efficient way. Pathway School also has Ex-pat and English teachers who facilitate an English communication environment through practical activities throughout the day. This approach maximizes the language potential of children and prepares them for their future education.