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The purpose of Charlie’s language curriculum is to demonstrate the joyof learning a new languageas well as to provide confidenceto those who mainly practice Korean as their native language, but wishes to endeavor bilingualism.
ENGLISH CURRICULUM
Charlie’s English curriculum is based on research findings regarding the effects of bilingual education, which goal is to utilize two languages freely, have on developing a child’s critical thinking and creativity skills. Thus, our curriculum is designed to develop both English and Korean skills, while also providing an educational environment that can enhance social language development skills.
Further, Charlie’s English curriculum emotionally guides children to naturally accept and express English as their second native language through small student-to-teacher ratio classes that accommodate individual learning differences when practicing the areas of speaking, listening, reading, and writing in English. Moreover, we utilize appropriate teaching tools based on a child’s age group and provide classes that teach a variety of subjects in English.
[Curriculum Goal for Each Age Group]
  • Allow children to form an interest in English as a language through bodily expressions, tonal activities, and art activities, Provide children the opportunity to come across basic English vocabulary by exposing them to children’s songs in English and the alphabet, as well as English-versions of colors, shapes, animals, and body parts.
    Guide children to listen to vocabulary and observe pictures for the purpose of matching it with its English counterparts.
  • Learn life topics in English, as suggested by the Nuri Curriculum, as well as to naturally learn the English names of our surrounding objects and everyday expressions through English classes that integrate art, tonal, science, math, and physical activities. Recognize the name, form, and sound of the alphabet as well as to learn how to distinguish the beginning sounds of words. Familiarize and pursue to express the main character’s English speeches and songs through English musical-story activities. Develop advanced writing abilities through activities such as drawing lines and writing along the dotted lines of an alphabet.
  • Prepare to read and write English independently by learning the fundamental principles of English phonetics and further, prepare to create words by assembling the letters of the alphabet through the process of character acquisition. Capable of participating in various classes taught in English due to the improvement of listening skills and in addition, capable of utilizing basic everyday English and expressing opinions in English. Develop a strong foundation of thinking creatively in English through conceptual learning classes, which focuses on subject-centered learning by reading children’s and folktale stories.
  • Acquire independent reading skills through the Dolch Words List and develop proper reading habits by various English-book reading programs as well as utilizing the recommended books by the International Children’s Book Committee.
    Learn to employ the dictionary to achieve independent reading and writing skills and further, begin to construct sentences by learning the basic principles of grammar and sentence composition. Understand and write non-fiction stories as well fictions.
    Learn presentation and discussion techniques, clear pronunciation and vocalization skills, and the ability to conduct, listen, then summarize presentations in English. Enhance confidence in English as well as tonal sensitivity through exciting musical classes.
  • Engage in advanced materials during discussions and able to read lengthy writings with over 100 words, while developing the ability to write in various genres, such as journals and letters, presentations, essays, and reports in English.
    Increase grammatical accuracy when listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English.
    Develop the ability to integrate various visual aids, such as pictures and diagrams while studying, and further enhance scientific critical thinking skills and linguistic abilities through science classes taught in English.
Curriculum and Goal of Korean Language Literacy Development
Charlie’s Big Red House believes that the development of Korean comprehension skills is established by the theoretical background that state: ‘children cultivate and develop knowledge through various literary experiences.’ Accordingly, our education curriculum is based upon both a self-developed program, which consists of reading quality books shaped by the researchers and the consultations of professors in the field of Children’s Literature and Child Studies, as well as Korea’s national educational curriculum (3-4years: standard child-care curriculum/5-7years: Nuri curriculum). Through this curriculum, the ultimate goal of Charlie’s Big Red House is to ‘cultivate children who grow up loving books and are able to construct meaning and express their thoughts through words and writing as an adult.’
  • Cultivate the inherent literacy skills of your child at age 3.
    Develop new techniques to constitute meaning and enhance vocabulary and linguistic skills through picture books and conversations about everyday life in addition to the national child-care curriculum within the national child-care curriculum.
    Form a close and special rapport with teachers.
    Accept reading and scribbling as an enjoyable activity and develop book-handling techniques
  • Learn to efficiently construct meaning when reading and writing and further, lay the foundation of developing elementary reading and writing skills through the standard child-care curriculum within the national child-care curriculum in addition to picture-books and everyday conversations during classes. Develop interest in the sound and form of the Korean language through toy blocks imprinted with the form of Korean consonant and vowel sounds during the fall semester.
    Acquire prior knowledge in regards to writing the consonant and vowel characters in Korean by attracting interest on the specific lines and shapes that comprise the Korean alphabet.
  • Develop the ability to form personal everyday life stories based on the experiences of various literary activities; as it is the stage where children explore an imaginary world through interactions, such as reading, reactions from peers, and the stories from teachers. Understand the concept of spelling by recognizing the spelling of their own name or spelling on picture books and environmental printouts Form a symbolic system regarding the sound and form of consonants and vowels in the Korean language.
  • Independent reading is made possible through the Dolch World List study, and a good reading habit is created by using a number of English reading programs and reading books recommended by the International Children's Book Committee.
    Children use dictionaries themselves for independent writing and reading, learn basic grammar and sentence construction, and begin writing in a variety of genres. Further, students learn to speak clearly and become able to present, listen and summarize in English through English speech and debate classes. Through exciting musical classes, students also develop confidence and rhythmic sense of English at the same time.
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