English Class at La Escolinha

8 Mar
English exercises for 5 years old children

English exercises for 5 years old children

 

When we went into the classrooms for the first time, the children kept asking us: “Você fala inglês?” – which means: “Do you speak English?”- even if they already knew we were French. Afterwards, they wanted us to chat in English with Liliane, their English teacher, and to recite and translate some sentences into English, in order to listen to a real conversation in Shakespeare’s language. They only asked for our names after this, and also questioned us about where we lived in France. They were entirely lost in admiration at seeing people speaking English.

 

6 years old kid learning the colors in english class

6 years old kid learning the colors in english class

 

Indeed, we believe English is a universal and international language, which helps to communicate with nearly everybody and allows anybody to have a basic conversation. But, for the time being, in Brazil, it is not really the case: most Brazilians can only speak their native language.

For instance, when we arrived at the international airport of Sao Paulo, we discovered that all the Brazilians who were working in snack bars, inside the airport, were not able to translate their own menu and even indicate a direction in English! Furthermore, at Fortaleza University, everyday, we meet many students who do not speak a single word of English. The main reason for this situation is that languages remain optional in Brazil. Consequently, the Educational First (EF) Organization ranges Brazil 46 out of 54 in the ranking about the level of English skills.

However, there are many reasons to think that the situation is going to improve shortly. First of all, there is the organization of the Football World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic games in 2016. Besides, the need of English speaker workers has been increasing for one decade, as multinationals have started to settle down in Brazil. Still, according to the EF, Brazilian primary schools have been obliged to teach their fifth year pupils at least one foreign language, since 2010. As the pupils are free to choose the language they are going to learn, most of them generally opt for English.

More informations about the project to expand English language in Latin America on the EF website : click here

Therefore, the pupils of Yolanda Queiroz School receive English courses and are very proud and enthusiastic to show us their basic knowledge of how to start a conversation or count in English.

 

English Room

English Room

As far as we are concerned, we are glad to see that La Escolinha allows its schoolchildren to have a very complete education. Teaching these pupils English, even if it is only the basics, can contribute to give them a real chance for their future; a chance they will surely build on later.

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