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Montessori Language

This course is excellent for any young child at the beginning of their journey to become a strong reader. Our Montessori teachers teach students the phonemic awareness and phonics skills they need to set a good foundation for reading and spelling. Students will learn 75 phonograms, lower-case handwriting, spelling rule, and more.

Our Montessori-inspired Language curriculum is based on the legacy of the Spalding Method. Applying the time-proved Spell to Write and Read (SWR) theory, we ensure that students can benefit from our multi-literary phonics class.


To facilitate future successors in the 21st century, we have integrated multiliteracies methods in this course design. In 1996, The New London Group introduced multiliteracies to people. Based on changing facts in people’s working lives, public lives, and private lives, they introduced different modes of meaning-making, including linguistic design, audio design, spatial design, gestural design, and visual design.


At the same time, they have viewed the diversity in cultures, subcultures, and individual’s multilayered lifeworld as resources for meaning-making. We include both multi-modal and multi-cultural designs in this course.


Multi-sensory is one of the most significant features of this course. Since multi-sensory elements naturally lie behind the nature of reading and students’ fundamental cognitive mechanisms (Kalantzis, Cope, Chan, & Dalley-Trim, 2016), we have developed our multi-modal pedagogy to provide students with a multi-sensory experience.


Curriculum More than a traditional systematic phonics class, our Montessori Language class is aimed to facilitate students’ phonics-related abilities from phonemic awareness to reading comprehension. Seventy-five phonograms are introduced to students. Moreover, students are taught how to analyze the reasons behind a word’s spelling and pronunciation, giving them a strategy to learn any word they encounter. Reading is a natural outgrowth of spelling instruction. Our curriculum includes engaging readers to build on students’ abilities to read independently. Cursive or manuscript handwriting, vocabularies, grammars and writing are all significant components in this curriculum.


Features
· Montessori Inspired
· Based on Spell to Write and Read (SWR) theory
· Multi-modal (linguistic, audio, spatial, gestural, and visual) pedagogy and multi-sensory learning experience
· Enhance students’ cursive or manuscript handwriting skills
· Focus on the pronunciation of letters instead of the names of letters
· Introduce multiple pronunciations of a letter
· Facilitate students’ phonemic awareness, syllabic awareness, and decoding abilities
· Includes vocabularies, reading comprehension, grammar and writing
· Enhance students’ independent reading abilities and reading comprehensive abilities


Learning Module

Our Montessori Language course features a student-centred learning experience design. Standard North-American assessments are used to assess students’ English listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. The course includes four levels to fit students with different English skills. Also, online and on-site classes are available to accommodate students’ preferred ways of learning. Furthermore, to focus on each student, we insist on small group learning. Last but not least, our multi-modal and multi-cultural course design provides students with a pleasant, unforgettable and beneficial learning experience where their interests and skills will be enhanced.  


Suggested Age

This class fits the best for students over four years old. By completing this course, students will be able to pronounce seventy-five phonograms, analyze the reasons behind a word’s spelling and pronunciation, read short stories independently.  


We believe students learn from experience. Our well-developed curriculum provides students with a rich experience to explore. We believe that, through this course, our students will gain skills to become active knowledge producers instead of passive knowledge learners.


Reference

Kalantzis, M., Cope, B., Chan, E., & Dalley-Trim, L. (2016). Literacies (2nd ed.). Port Melbourne, Vic: Cambridge University Press.

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