RTL Klub TV channel recently made a short film about bilingual education focusing on the work of the Bilingual Program. It aired at 9:35am on Sunday, November 5, 2017.
Our Kindergarten videos:
Our Primary School Videos:
At the end of every school year, each child in the Bilingual Program completes an interview with their main class teacher. Here are two good examples. Bianka’s was filmed at the end of Grade 8, while Katinka’s is a series of excerpts from her end-of-year videos from Grades 1, 3, 5 and 8. With her video you can experience her growth and the changes in her use of English over the years. Both girls started in our kindergarten program at the age of three; neither family lived abroad, nor was either family bilingual. So while both Bianka and Katinka were very good students, they are also in many ways average representatives of our program.
These videos are good examples of what we mean when we say that our program is bilingual. We co-teach: we switch languages multiple times within a given lesson, and the children use the language targeted for the given exercise – yet both teachers are actively involved in the lesson, whether in a leading or a supporting role. These videos are also good examples of the type of methods we employ. We emphasize activities that are interactive, enjoyable and communicative. We also integrate content and language in order to provide an environment rich in English language, culture and subject content – so that for our students, English is not primarily a subject but a natural communication tool.
The 4a Mathematics clip is another very good example of co-teaching – or the Bilingual Family Model. Here we see the presentation of new material with very tightly integrated co-teaching and no repetition of material. Students are engaged intellectually and kinesthetically; in addition, we see clear language support, students working in groups, and an engaged class throughout.
Teaching English as a Foreign Language
We chose this EFL video because it’s a good demonstration of student-centered teaching in monolingual classrooms where the teacher aims to facilitate and guide while maximizing the students’ opportunities to talk, think and actively, joyfully discover and learn. It also contains a very nice activity reviewing structure, or grammar, where the work with the students is done contextually and seeks to emphasize meaningful use of language – another core principal in our program. For us, English is not a subject. Rather, it is simply a tool for communication.
High Five English Club
At our Megyeri Úti Primary School location the High Five English Club comprises 11 lessons per week. The video features a group of first graders in their third month in our program. As you can see, they are already able to process lesson content – and actively communicate – in both English and Hungarian throughout the lesson.