Young learners’ core curriculum



 
 

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We believe that each one of our learners is different; with their own strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, and individual learning style. Some learners will learn more quickly than others, and some will need extra practice and guidance. Our teachers recognise and are experienced with these variances and adapt their teaching to suit the learner and their needs.

There are three main objectives which we keep in mind for the English education of our young learners; these are:
 
1. To provide flexible courses which meet the individual learning needs of our students, reflect our high internal standards and align closely to the CEFR; and those of external organisations such as the Cambridge young learners English tests (YLEs).

2. To provide a solid foundation of competency in the English language and one that’s of a realistic standard for their age category.

3. To motivate our young learners so that they realise and appreciate the value of being able to navigate and communicate in English throughout their education and in their everyday lives.

Our teachers use a combination of state-of-the-art online teaching methods- total physical response, or TPR, and traditional language classroom teaching methods, such as a communication-based approach. Many of the in-classroom teaching tools and methods can be applied to online teaching.

TPR is a method of teaching language or vocabulary by using physical movements, gestures or facial expressions to convey meaning and facilitate learning. Students then react to the physical and verbal instruction by copying the teacher’s movements, doing an activity based on the instruction, or carrying out a language based competency. TPR is a useful teaching method for complete beginners and keeping learner stress to a minimum.

Young learners’ classes with The universe of English are strictly one-to-one, where there is one teacher and only one learner, allowing for more needs-based correction of errors for pronunciation, and 100% of the class time being dedicated to the learner.

The learner is fully immersed in the English language from the first class. This means the learner is constantly and actively communicating in English with their teacher for the entire duration of a class, which is different from a traditional classroom where there might be many learners all with the same mother tongue, and only a limited amount of communication taking place.

Learners are also provided with stimulating course materials and authentic texts and videos to keep them motivated. There will also be fun games, activities and songs in some classes, which also helps with motivation and make learning English fun!

It is this combination of teaching methodologies and tools that allow for young learners of English, who may have no prior knowledge of English and who are absolute beginners, to learn from a native teacher who doesn’t speak the learner’s first language.

Young learners’ courses and expected outcomes

The Universe of English kids’ core curriculum and course content is designed for young learners (YLs) aged 4-11 and is closely aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), and to the Cambridge English tests for young learners (YLEs starters, movers and flyers).

We provide four courses to meet our young learners’ needs; these are: Absolute beginners, Pre-A1 Starters, A1 Movers and A2 Flyers. The aim of each course is to get the learner to the CEFR level of whichever course they’re taking, or in the case of our absolute beginner’s course, to be ready to start our Pre-A1 level classes.

 


 

Absolute beginners

Course length: 32 weeks with two classes of 30 minutes each per week

Or
22 weeks / 3 times a week
16 weeks /4 times a week

64 classes in total

By the end of the course; the learner can:

  • Recognise individual phonemic sounds which correspond to the vowels and consonants of the English alphabet
  • Pronounce the individual sounds for each letter of the alphabet with a good degree of intelligibility
  • Blend some vowels and consonants together to make short words that are familiar to them, e.g. cat, bat, pen
  • Blend vowel sounds with some consonant clusters together to make slightly more complex words that are familiar to them, e.g. ball, girl, fish
  • Spell very simple and familiar words, e.g. ant, rat, dog
  • Recognise and produce the names for the big and small letters of the English alphabet
  • Write the big and small letters of the English alphabet
  • Identify common everyday objects
  • Respond to basic classroom instructions, e.g. circle, draw, say
  • Count to 10
  • Respond to very basic questions about themselves, e.g. What’s your name? How old are you?
  • Write their name
  • Identify basic colours
  • Read some short and unfamiliar words, e.g. card, paper, glass

 
 

Level 1

Pre-A1 Starters

Course length: 32 weeks with two classes of 30 minutes each per week

Or
22 weeks / 3 times a week
16 weeks / 4 times a week

64 classes in total

    By the end of the course; the learner can:

  • Understand simple sentences e.g. this is a chair
  • Respond to simple questions e.g. How old are you? I’m six
  • Follow very short stories if the language is simple
  • Understand and follow simple instructions e.g. Sit down, stand up
  • Understand some very simple descriptions of everyday objects e.g. the park is big
  • Recognise and write the letters of the English alphabet
  • Spell simple words and his/her name
  • Name familiar people and some everyday things
  • Understand some very short conversations
  • Copy words, phrases and very short sentences, e.g. this is a house

 
 

Level 2

A1 Movers

Course length: 32 weeks with two classes of 30 minutes each per week

Or
22 weeks / 3 times a week
16 weeks / 4 times a week

64 classes in total

    By the end of the course; the learner can:

  • Agree or disagree with someone, e.g. I think this is pretty. Yes it is
  • Give simple descriptions of pictures, objects and actions. E.g. the boy is playing football
  • Understand simple written sentences, e.g. The children went to school
  • Understand simple stories with the help of pictures
  • Understand simple signs and notices, e.g. Do not touch the animals
  • Ask someone how they are, what they like doing and answer similar questions
  • Answer questions about school and activities, e.g. What is our homework today? To read a story.
  • Write simple sentences giving personal details
  • Write short sentences about what they like or dislike
  • Tell a very simple story with the help of pictures

 
 

Level 3

A2 Flyers

Course length: 32 weeks with two classes of 30 minutes each per week

Or
22 weeks / 3 times a week
16 weeks / 4 times a week

64 classes in total

    By the end of the course; the learner can:

  • Understand instructions given in more than one sentence
  • Understand simple conversations on everyday topics
  • Ask basic questions on everyday topics
  • Talk briefly about things they have done
  • Understand short texts even if they don’t know all the words
  • Understand simple written descriptions
  • Write simple descriptions of objects and people
  • Link sentences with connectors (and, because, then)
  • Write short simple stories using pictures
  • Tell a story using pictures or their own ideas

 
 

List of topics

Each course consists of its own separate topics and units. A learner might not always start a course at the beginning, which is determined by how the student performs in the assessment class and what their level is.

A1 starters

Names
Colours
Numbers
Family and friends
Body and face
The world and your surroundings
School
Animals
Food and drink
Sports and leisure
Clothes
The home
Everyday objects
Places
Transport
Toys
Possessions
Time

 

Grammar, language and functions list

Each course also has its own component list of grammar, vocabulary, functions and language to be covered in the course.

A1 starters

Adjectives
Articles
Can/can’t’
Conjunctions
Have (got)
Imperatives
Let’s
Like +-ing
Plurals
Possessives
Prepositions
Present continuous
Present simple
Pronouns
Asking questions
Giving short answers
There is/are
This/that/these
To be
Would like…

 

 


 

Prices

 

Normal intensity

  • 2 classes per week
  • 64 classes in total
  • 8 month course
  • £12.49 per class
  • Pay monthly or in full
  • Save £40 by paying in full for £799.92 £759.92

£99.99 / month
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Accelerated intensity

  • 3 classes per week
  • 64 classes in total
  • 5.5 months
  • £12.08 per class
  • Pay monthly or in full
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£144.99 / month
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Double intensity

  • 4 classes per week
  • 64 classes in total
  • 4 month course
  • £11.56 per class
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£184.99 / month
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Course hours must be used each month and do not roll over

 

 


 

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Normal intensity

  • 2 classes per week
  • 64 classes in total
  • 8 month course
  • £11.87 per class
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£759.92
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Accelerated intensity

  • 3 classes per week
  • 64 classes in total
  • 5.5 months
  • £11.67 per class
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£747.45
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Double intensity

  • 4 classes per week
  • 64 classes in total
  • 4 month course
  • £10.62 per class
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£679.96
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Course hours must be used each month and do not roll over

 


 

Alternatively, you can buy our packs of classes and incur no monthly fees

Each children’s class is 30 minutes
No. classes Price Price per class Checkout
1 £14.00 £14.00
5 £67.50 £13.50
15 £195.00 £13.00
25 £318.75 £12.75

 

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