Life is way too short to be learning things you already know. The thought of my daughter being subjected to English lessons covering topics such as colours, numbers and animal names made me nauseous. Considering that this child was speaking in pristine English sentences by the age of 18 months, I found the prospect quite insulting! But what to do? I know first-hand that no teacher has the time to write an individualised programme for one student. Except maybe when she’s a mother on a mission.
Underachievement has been one of my pet subjects since university days. It was actually the topic of my undergraduate thesis. My master’s degree specialised in foreign language didactics. During my teaching days in the international school system, I developed a passion for bilingualism. I’ve been a bookworm almost since the day I was born. What do you get when you add these four factors together? The ENS® programme, that’s what!
Can I let you in on a secret? The ENS® programme is basically the international curriculum by another name. It is innovative, open-ended and self-paced. Being inquiry-based, it harnesses children’s natural curiosity and runs with it! And there really is something for everyone. I wrote the programme with my three VERY different children in mind – the academic, the creative and the socialite. The programme caters for a wide range of learning styles, interests, talents and abilities. It’s based on the revised version of Bloom’s Taxonomy. Dr Bloom, how I wish I could congratulate you personally on your brilliant hierarchy of learning objectives!
Best of all, the ENS® programme links directly to the Bavarian social studies (HSU) curriculum. And we all know that the Bavarians pull no punches when it comes to schooling. So, encountering the social studies topics twice in two different languages, can only be a good thing.
Do the teachers love it? Yes! It just solved one of their biggest problems – the kid in their class who knows more English than they do! Do the kids love it? It’s pure relief! There are only so many times you can sing “Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”. Do parents love it? Umm, does a bear shout in the woods?!? ENS® eases the pain (and guilt!) of relocation, avoids the trap of semi-lingualism, embraces cultural heritage and gives children the gift of true bilingualism (and a far greater chance of getting a “1” on the social studies test!)
ENS® is by parents, for parents. It’s by teachers, for teachers. You are not alone. We are all in this together.
Let’s keep English alive!
Susan Jane Alexiadis
ENS® Founder & Director