Education Language

Teaching English in školka

October 30, 2009
child colouring a colouring sheet

Teaching Czech children English presents its own set of challenges

I had forgotten how challenging teaching English as a foreign language could be until I found myself in my daughter’s preschool classroom staring into the expectant faces of six Czech předškoláci (kindergarteners). When my jubilant “hello!” was returned with silence and downturned eyes, I realized my goal of having a conversation with the children in English might need to be shifted to simply getting a response, even non-verbal. After my welcome song failed to engage the children in speech, I resorted to giving a few instructions in Czech, and the children’s relief (and mine) was audible.

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