Simply English works with a diverse range of schools within Moscow. Some of our schools are public, and some are private. A number of our schools are in the center of the city, and highly prestigious. Other schools are in normal, working class neighborhoods throughout Moscow.
At each school, the classroom environment can be different. Some schools are very traditional, and still use blackboards and chalk. Other schools have smart boards, projectors, and computers in each classroom.
Regardless of the size, location, or style of the schools we work with, Simply English keeps its classes small. We never place more than 12 children in a classroom, in order to make sure each student gets the attention and opportunity to express themselves that they deserve!
For the most part, Simply English uses its own programs and materials when teaching in Moscow schools. These programs begin from first grade, and continue through 11th grade.
As with our schools, the locations, facilities, and approaches of the kindergartens we work with vary greatly. Some of our kindergartens are in large, stately mansions in the center of the city, and cater to the children of influential and famous clientèle. Others are less grand, and are located in suburban areas of the city.
There are, of course, some constants with our kindergarten groups. Our kindergarten classes begin at age three, and continue until students are ready to start first grade. All classes never have more than twelve children in them, and all lesson spaces are brightly colored and roomy- great for the active games and fun physical activities that form the core of our kindergarten programs!
03 / PROGRAMS
This course aims to teach children basic concepts of performance, as well as build creativity and storytelling skills at an early age. Children use their bodies, voices, and minds to express themselves in class. They also work on memorization skills, and become comfortable turning a short text or story idea into a dramatization. The aim of the course is to improve students' confidence, creativity, improvisational ability, and fluency.
These courses are designed for students from 1st to 11th grade. The programs use Oxford’s Family and Friends series of texts, as well as Cambridge preparatory texts, and are designed to correspond with the Cambridge English Tests for Young learners, as well as the KET/KEY, PET, and FCE programs. For older students we also offer EGE, CAE, TOEFL, and IELTS preparatory courses. While designed to help students improve their test scores on standardized English exams, our academic courses are also meant to be fun and engaging. Each program incorporates cross-curricular materials related to art, science, literature, history, math, social science, and journalism, to keep students engaged, and offer them a chance to use what they learn in a real life setting!
This hands-on course exposes students to concepts related to the natural world. Each week, students do an experiment as a class, and discuss the results. Teachers introduce new vocabulary, explain materials, and outline the process of the experiment. They also make sure students approach the project critically; children are encouraged to identify a problem, propose possible answers, and make guesses about what will happen next.
NATIVE SPEAKING/WRITING CLUB
This course explores all different sorts of writing- advertisement, journalism, science fiction, mystery, biography, romance, and the novel. Throughout the year, students create their own story outline, book cover, character in a mystery, newspaper article, environmental charity design, invention, advertisement, biography/auto biography, and personal narrative.
ARTS AND CRAFTS
This course explores vocabulary and grammar concepts from a wide array of exciting topics, while also building classroom language skills in English, and developing both small motor skills and creativity. Students study a new vocabulary cluster each month, and get a chance to explore the topic through hands-on activities, designed to help integrate and further develop listening and comprehension skills.
SCHOOL NEWS TEAM
This course allows students to write about current events in their school and daily lives, in English. Each month students choose topics to write about, design news articles and headlines around these topics, peer edit their work, and create an English newsletter to share with their school.