Dasa Machkova, Ostrov:
I want to express our utter satisfaction with Alex; we admire her didactic and communicative skills. She has a great feel for working with children. Too bad she does not teach adults as well :-) I want to say (even thought I am not an expert) that the Wattsenglish method is excellent. This is how I have always imaged English lessons, not just for children.
MUDr. Marie Kleinova, Olomouc:
I signed my children up for the course, as native speaker lessons are unique. I am extremely satisfied with the courses. My children's pronunciation is very good, and they understand spoken English, which is the best thing for learning a language. Children enjoy English very much and they look forward to the lessons. I think that J. A. Komensky would be very happy for this learning by playing. I have liked the lessons from the very beginning. I think it says enough when out of curiosity, a twelve-year old goes to check where his sister goes to, not leaving the lesson; he runs to every new lesson to be there on time. I am glad our children can study this way.
Karolina Capova, Prague:
I am excited. My daughter attends courses at MS Letohradska. She speaks English at home too - when playing with her toys! I have not expected anything like that. She is three years old.
Lenka Podzimkova, Prague:
Children really enjoy your English; on our way home, my daughter is giving me orders such as: "dzamp", "spin", "flai slouli"?. In addition, the lessons are well supported on the web, allowing us, parents, to practise with our children.
Stepanka Sazimova, Olomouc:
Based on my experience, both professional and personal, I can say that a person, be it a child or an adult, becomes a polyglot in real situations, with real people, i.e. living with foreigners. I mean that with everything it includes, and what a Czech teacher can never make up for, i.e. specific foreign and proper pronunciation (different accent, melody), variety of meanings of individual words, and even a different mentality.
I consider the Wattsenglish courses as unambiguously beneficial. They represent a unique way of acquiring English, where new knowledge is taught in an unforced way, without realising that they are actually learning. The method of English learning is entertaining, easy, and brings pleasant experience.
The lessons are varied, simple, and natural. It is an alternative to the classical sitting at the desks (common in Czech schools); it applies movement and free expression of opinion on issues given. The lessons are highly individual, with high frequency of reaction. Children have to get involved and communicate. After being asked by a teacher, everyone can share their own, subjective, though or idea.
From my son's (Denis) point of view: I can say what I want; the teacher assesses, and sometimes highlights, MY opinion or reaction (GOOD, WELL DONE, etc.). I am as important as all the rest. I like it best when we draw a picture of something we discussed and describe it.
Martina Opichalova, Ostrov
I am very grateful that our town finally has the possibility to develop English language skills in pre-school children. What I like best is the possibility of continuing the courses even after entering elementary school.
Together with both our daughters, we were excited about the chance to practise vocabulary and understanding via the Internet pages, where individual topics are presented wonderfully. It is true that, even though there are pictures for every word, my six-year old daughter could not always match a word with the exact expression (an immature child cannot be expected to provide correction of improper understanding), but it is identical with acquiring the mother tongue. Full understanding takes time and practice.
After working with Alex for a year, Hanicka distinguishes who speaks English like Alex (with her accent) and who speaks English, but is not a native speaker. I was very surprised by how much she can imitate both the accent and the pronunciation. Her understanding has improved significantly, and her vocabulary has grown too. She uses some phrases fully automatically. I am excited with the results. Hanicka is looking forward to the lessons; at home, she tells everyone how they played, sang, and danced.
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