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Saturday, 25 January 2014

Movie Week in January - Home Alone 3

In January, students will be watching and listening carefully to Home Alone 3. A young boy, Alex, inadvertently comes into possession of an expensive and dangerous computer chip. Four crooks do all they can to find it, only to fall victim to Alex's many booby traps throughout his house!

Monday, 13 January 2014

Public Holidays


Today I need to talk about public holidays with you.

For 6 years we have been teaching English classes on public holidays without taking any rest. Within the last year or so we have noted two things: 

1) attendance on public holidays has been very low, and 
2) the majority of students either tell us they are not coming on public holidays or just don't turn up at all.

So mid-way through 2013 we decided that we will take public holidays off. Thus we don't need to deal with one or two students per class and unannounced absences. Students can enjoy some rare family time together, and we can also take the holiday the government have allowed us to have.

Each year there are around a dozen public holidays announced on the calendar. The days on which they fall are completely random and unfortunately they may fall more on one specific day than another. Last year they were evenly spread out; this year there are a few more on Tuesdays.

However, we have decided that we will NOT have holidays on single-day public holidays that fall during weekdays (Monday - Friday). The holidays we have selected are either 2 consecutive days or fall on a Saturday, making a 2-day holiday over the weekend.

Your understanding is much appreciated on this topic of public holidays. We do hope that you can make them meaningful times to share with your family.

Have a great 2014! We have an exciting syllabus prepared for the year and we're really looking forward to teaching you and your children and building their confidence in using the English language.

Monday, 6 January 2014

2014 Syllabus

We hope everyone enjoyed the New Year celebrations, wherever in the world you may be.

We are welcoming back students old and new to our classes, which are filling up quickly. Please be aware that Thursday afternoon is the only class remaining for children with available spaces.

During the Christmas and New Year holiday I've been busy preparing the new syllabus for 2014 at Horne Learning Services. A lot of the exercises which our students are accustomed to will remain, but there are some new additions too.

Once every 2 months (Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Nov) we will be conducting a variety of grammar exercises from The Word Bank, a more fun and flexible way of learning tense work, nouns, verbs and adjectives, synonyms and antonyms, word lists and making sentences.

During the same months we will be continuing Movie Week, essentially a listening test with comprehension questions, but doing so by watching a fun movie.

During the months of February, April, June, August and October there will be a Games Week where we'll be learning English in a fun way by making short stories as a class, doing word searches, and other games.

A new addition for 2014 is Exam Week. There will be five Exam Weeks, held on the 4th week on the same months as Games Week (mentioned just above). Exams will involve vocabulary, speaking, reading, writing and grammar exercises. Results will be recorded and passed to parents. (Exam Week will only be for students who are capable of reading and writing and who can understand and answer grammar questions. Those of a lower standard will continue with simple exercises)

Activities including speaking, creative writing, reading and word games will remain on the syllabus. We are confident our students will enjoy the variety of exercises, a  more fun way of learning, as well as being more accountable to their parents through exams every two months.