Small Groups, Focused Attention
To allow a high level of interaction with the teachers and workshop leaders, the children are placed into small groups, maintaining a 1: 8 teacher/teaching assistant to student ratio for the older children and a 1:4 ratio for the younger ones. The groups are formed based on the children's age and the assessments collected before the start of each course. Individual post-program reports are done for those students who are with us for two weeks or more.
Prioritising the Children's Safety and Happiness
We are focused on keeping the children safe and happy. Using NYC as a classroom means we take the subways and buses. It also means walking from one place to the next. Our teachers and assistants are vigilant when the children are on the move, using the techniques schools use on field trips. They also engage the students in conversation at every opportunity - on the subways and on the buses. "Having a go" in this environment is so easy.
"Thanks a lot for the pictures! Loul and Isidore had a very good time with you last week. I'm sure it helped them a lot for this first school week in English."
Learning English Can be Fun
Our English language program for children aged 5-11 offers an opportunity for children to learn English in a fun, relaxed setting. Tailor-made programs around themes such as Scientific NY and NY in Motion are the focus of each week's English teaching. Learning about the science behind sports or making corn husk dolls like the American Indians are all fun and engaging ways to learn and practice English. It's amazing to see how much communication actually takes place among these children who come from around the world!
Learning English from Native Speakers
Our native English-speaking teachers and workshop leaders are experienced in teaching children. They are working for Hi-New-York because they are great with children.
These teachers encourage the children to "have a go" at expressing themselves in English as much as possible. We have seen time and time again that this approach to teaching the English language works with children by helping them feel at ease in the English language.