Language Skills

Much of children's early success at school depends on being able to understand the language-concepts used daily in the classroom by teachers.

The content of the language course is based on analysis of what children need in order to do well in school. That is, the words, concepts, and sentence structures they need in order to understand the content of their school books and other teaching materials.

Our language tuition will let children understand the words that teachers usually use when communicating new learning. This communication is not social communication but is communication that is used to exchange important information and to solve problems.

Language for Learning

Level 1 (150 Lessons), is suitable for kindergarten children, or for Year 1 and 2 children.

This course is also ideal for children whose native language is not English.

Language for Thinking

The second Level of the language program (150 Lessons), is suitable for Year 2, Year 3 or Year 4 children.

This course suits non-native speakers of English who already have some English ability.

Language Tuition in Hamilton

Who are the language lessons for?

The language lessons help children who have less language skills than others their age. These children are usually in kindergarten, or Years 1-3 at primary school.

The lessons are also for children from other language backgrounds who do not know English very well. These children are often entering an English-speaking school for the first time in their lives.

Children who are having trouble understanding what they read will benefit from the language lessons.

Also, older children in speech correction or special language classes will be helped by the language tuition.

Your child will learn:

Language concepts associated with classroom instruction: Basic information and background knowledge; Sequencing actions and stories; Strategies for using language to solve problems; Basic language conventions such as synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, comparatives, and superlatives; Thinking skills such as how to draw conclusions from facts and make reasonable predictions.

Language for Learning

This Beginning Level course (150 Lessons), is suitable for Kindergarten children or Year 1 and 2 children.

Children learn:

  • Actions: children learn many language concepts through actions, including: Parts of the Body; Verb Tense; Pronouns
  • Description of Objects: Object Identification; Identity Statements; Common Objects; Plurals; Opposites; Figuring out Missing Objects
  • Information and Background Knowledge: Names; School Information; Days of the Week; Months of the Year; Seasons; Part/Whole Relationships; Materials; Common Information; Locations
  • Instructional Words and Problem-Solving Concepts: Spatial and Temporal Relations; Before/After; Prepositions; And; Same/Different; Some, All, None; Or; Where, Who, When, What; If-Then Rules
  • Classification
  • Problem-Solving Strategies and Applications
  • Listening to Stories and Answering Comprhension Questions

Language for Thinking

This higher Level course (150 Lessons), is suitable for children who have completed the Language for Learning course. Children who pass the Placement Test may begin this course even without first doing the Language for Learning course.

Children learn:

  • Part/whole
  • Calendar
  • Reasoning and Critical Thinking: Classification; Absurdity; If/Then; True/False; Only; statements; analogies
  • Vocabulary Development: Opposites; Synonyms; Definitions; Verb Tense; Double Negatives; Contractions; Superlatives; Homonyms
  • Observing and Describing
  • Comprehension Concepts: Questioning Skills; Retelling; Inferences
  • Interpreting Graphic Displays: Left/Right; Map Reading

A typical lesson consists of a small amount of new material and practice exercises that require students to apply much of the previously taught content.

Tuition Details

Before starting, your child will take one of the Placement Tests. Results will show which Level your child is ready for.

Some children may be accelerated through the program, skipping some lessons or parts of lessons.

Your child can work with the teacher in a one-to-one learning situation, or within a small group.

Drop your child off before school for a great start to the day. Have your child come here again after school and pick him or her up after work. Our address is 18 Thornton Place in Melville, Hamilton.

Douglas will be happy to talk to you if you live in Hamilton, New Zealand, and desire more information. Simply make a phonecall to:

07 843-9802

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