As our (parents in Taipei City Playgroup) own children have been moving through local elementary school, we have realized the importance of keeping their English reading and writing skills, beyond what is offered at local schools. Last year, we opened a Writer's Workshop in Neihu, where children with at least one English-speaking parent can come along and learn in an environment somewhat like what they would have in their parents' home countries. The children in the class really enjoy the experience, and as their teacher I have seen consistent development in their literacy skills.
This semester, I will be teaching the children (currently ranging from grades two to five) about different forms of writing, from postcards to short reports. Children will continue with independent phonics/reading/spelling work. We will also delve further into Michael Clay's delightful texts on the history of the English language, the beauty of English, and the structure of language. It sounds rather high-brow, but in reality, the children in the workshop are learning in a supportive environment and working at their own levels.
As a parent, the big plus of this class is, my children get to hang out and use English in a natural way with their peers. They can forget all about any stresses of public school and really express themselves. After class, the group often goes to the park to play together.
If you think this might be something you would like your own children to benefit from, you are most welcome to bring them for a free trial this Wednesday, September 4th, 1:15-3:15pm. Please register your interest here:
You can call the Parents' Place phone: 0987-576-771
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