The learner is a dynamic and vibrant mixture of experiences, emotions, thought and interpretation, rather than an empty vessel which the teacher can “fill up” with data, facts and information.
We at TCS International Preschool believe that the encouragement and cultivation of confidence in the learner is fundamental to the student’s successful growth. The school is a part of the child’s community that is responsible for facilitating and supporting this cultivation of confidence.
Confidence plays a significant role in the child’s learning as well as his/her life as a whole. It is fundamental to a child growing up to become a social, autonomous being. Self-confidence, more precisely, can be argued as being the core of a person’s identity; it is vital in the person’s having an identity, as well as the person having an understanding of his/her identity. This “identity” forms the person’s self, that which learns, acquires, interacts and develops.
A learner’s emotional state act as adjustable filters that freely permit or hinder input and output necessary to acquisition.
Negative emotions such as anxiety, boredom and weak sense of confidence activate a filter that blocks and prevents efficient processing of the learning input and output, as this affective filter often rises out of self-conscious reluctance to reveal oneself and feelings of vulnerability. Thus positive communication, building of trust between individuals in the classroom, and aiding the cultivation of a strong sense of self can have positive outcomes of acquisition.
The learning environment must be warm and inviting while still being challenging; a place where acquirers and teachers alike feel welcome, appreciated and respected. Some ways in which this type of environment can be created would be to ensure that the following are carried out by the teacher, and further promoted in the classroom for participation by all:
To be enthused and to further develop an open attitude, to one’s own acquiring process as well as others’;
To let others know that one is always open to questions, and that “mistakes” are positive;
To encourage each other to maintain a positive and relaxed attitude so as not to feel overwhelmed and overcome by anxiety during challenging times.
The recognition of each acquirer as an individual with unique realities, as well as the appreciation of the unique needs of the individual, is crucial. The necessary and integral extension of this recognition is that these individuals have a common goal: to communicate as human beings, as social beings, in the target language. Rich experiences of success, challenges, confidence-building and cultivating respect for oneself as well as others from a young age will enable learners to undertake tasks, educational or otherwise, with a calm, confident and considered attitude, unhindered by anxiety or fear.
School day starts
End of the school day
Home time / After-school care begins
End of after-school care, home time
Activities, greetings, and meetings are all held in English.
During English lessons, the mechanisms of everyday English interaction will be learned. Pronunciation and vocabulary will be learned naturally acquired alongside the meaningful context of interesting student-directed themes.
When going out, children may see, touch, feel, and discover the lovely Nakano area while immersed in English. In time they will even learn to express themselves and share naturally in English.
Our activities are designed to help student develop a mastery of expression, creativity, and respect for the expression of others. We hope to nurture a caring heart for ourselves and others.