The Distinctives Of The Oasis Program
The Distinctives Of The Oasis Program
The Oasis English program produces children with high English ability because children in the kindergarten and elementary programs at Oasis learn like those in English Speaking countries. The materials used are exactly those used in English.
At Oasis. students first learn to read so that they can read to learn.
1. Phonics and Language Patterns materials.
On enrolment, each student gets a workbook for phonics and writing practice and the internet based app for learning what is in the workbook and more. The internet based app help the students do the workbook activities and learn on their own and at their own pace. Students learn the basics of reading English which lay a good foundation for reading fluency and comprehension, The first workbook is given depending on the level of the learner. Activities and tasks are given to each student depending on the student’s level. Students learn everything from the names of the letters of the alphabet and the sounds they make to vowel types, that is long and short vowels, vowel pairs, blends etc.
Like native English speaking children, students learn grammar and various expressions through songs, nursery rhymes and fun activities and games.
2. Reading and speaking fluency and comprehension.
The second material student get on enrolment is the internet based app which gives them access to thousands of audio books which are arranged in 29 different levels from complete beginner or kindergarten level to very high level equivalent to Grade 1 of Eiken.
The app has several advantages; Here are some;
a) the learner has access to the materials anytime and anywhere where there is internet connection.
b) the learner acquires native level pronunciation and intonation directly from the audio books,
c) the learner acquires new vocabulary at a higher rate than the learner using a textbooks
d) the learners can progress at their own rate without limitation.
e) to acquire good language skills, the learner needs to practice the language everyday. This app helps learners to practice English without the presence of a teacher.
f) all materials for all levels are in one place, therefore the question of buying new materials does not arise in the entire learning period from pre-kindergarten to high school. An English Conversation textbook is used for students from junior high school as supplementary material.
The Major Disadvantages of Using Textbooks and Lessons Less Than One Hour Long
Experts say that in order to speak English fluently, the learner needs to know about 20,000 English words several hundreds of phrases and idioms and to practice for more than 10,000 hrs. The major problem with textbooks is that the number of words and phrases in them is very limited. Therefore, one needs to cover several hundreds of textbooks in order to acquire reading fluency. All lessons at Oasis are one hour or longer to give students enough time to practice and use English. The best method to learn English or any other language is by taking time to read books and to practice the modelled language. It is for this same reason that Japanese children have to read Japanese books in order to learn Japanese. Students also need a lot of time to practice in order to become fluent.
Many children start reading in the kindergarten program. Generally. children are able to read fluently within a year after joining the program. Some children can read as well as those in English speaking countries.
I speak five languages fluently and from experience I know that three things are necessary to learn a language; a MODEL to imitate, enough time to PRACTICE and enough opportunities to actually USE the language. The Oasis English program is designed to provide the above mentioned three things.
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