Starting English

Fluency in speaking, reading, and writing English is vitally important in South Africa where it is the main language of education, business, and administration. For children to become fluent in a language, they need to start young and to practice it often in everyday life. The academic approach to teaching English adopted by schools often proves a barrier to this learning.

TVS attempts to overcome this barrier by introducing Xhosa speaking children to their second language in Grade 3 of primary school. Once or twice a week, children and their teachers from small primary schools are brought together after school, given a nutritious snack and spend the next two hours playing fun games, learning rhymes and songs, and engaging in interactive conversation. The same children continue the sessions in the following year, developing their English to the point that they begin our TechLearn course in preparation for their transfer to secondary school.

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