Bilingual teaching method based on complete ‘immersion’

ENS offers the conditions for young children to become bilingual and by five years old be able to speak and think fluently in two languages - English and their native tongue. The only possible way to become bilingual by this age is to be ‘immersed’ in the language from early childhood, from birth to five years old. The main determining factor in this environment is ENS' professional and experienced teaching staff who are all English native speakers. For every group of 25 people children there are three to four English native speaking teachers. This means that your child is learning the language through complete immersion: without teachers asking them to learn new words, with no tests, grades or academic study. The complete immersion method offers children complete bilingualism through just talking and actively playing with English native speaking teachers.

When we were very young we never had to learn verb conjugation in our native languages repeating "I want, you want, he/she/it wants….”. We easily mastered entire word phrases such as “Mummy, I really want that one please!”. Linguists call this the ‘imprinting' of language.  Children perceive and reproduce language by simply listening and talking. Within a completely immersed language learning environment a child gradually accumulates linguistic ability, intuitively sensing the structure and rhythm of the language with little effort. By communicating everyday in that language he constantly enriches it with new words, structures and meanings. Over the four year period of early childhood children make giant leaps in their language development. From birth to five years old children experience a period of extreme sensitivity to language and the ability of children to quickly grasp complex phonetic and grammatical structures of language is greatly heightened. In this key period children are even able to master multiple languages provided they have the adults or other children to communicate in them with.

It is after five years of age that the innate linguistic ability of early childhood begins to gradually decrease. The simultaneous development of two languages is especially effective if the child receives a specific language from one person consistently and they both do not mix languages in a single stream of communication. As such, at home, your child will talk to you in their native language, and at ENS they will speak in English initially with teachers who are native speakers, and later also with their peers.

At ENS Primary School children have a great opportunity to further consolidate their bilingualism by developing their English and Russian (spoken and written language) in two parallel programmes. It is important to recognise that bilingualism is itself a proven factor in a child's development, improving memory, attention span and ingenuity as well as logic and reaction time. Bilingualism also develops the ability to understand and compare the phenomena of language and mathematical representations. The sooner the child begins to master English, the better the affect it has on their quality of their speech - their communication becomes richer, freer and more competent. You can give your child the gift of a truly solid foundation for future language learning if they begin using this method from three years old.

British specialists - professional teachers

Not every English native speaker is able to teach children the kind of English required for the highest standards of international communication and that is understandable everywhere across Great Britain and indeed the world. We can certainly vouch for our teachers!

According to the 'culture of speech', the richness, expressiveness, precision and purity in which you speak a language enables those who you communicate with to easily determine your educational and social status. This is true for the Russian language, and also for English. In ENS Nursery and Primary Schools educators and assistants are professionals who all have experience of teaching in the UK. In addition to their special educational teacher status they are also are certificated teachers of English as a foreign language. 

For a selection of some of our very well qualified and experienced teachers and educators, eleven years ago we established our agency 'Bonne International’ to place our teachers into families. With over a decade of experience in formulating strict selection criteria on both a professional and psychological level it is with the agency that we have secured our competitive advantage over all other language schools in Russia. This is reflected in our unique psychological testing programs that have been carefully developed by British psychologists in collaboration with Russian scientists from the Lab of Human Technology at Moscow State University’s Faculty of Psychology. Candidates have to undergo several tests: interviews with our agency staff, testing with educational advisors and psychologists, and finally extensive qualification and reference checking. After that, if the teachers meet all of our necessary requirements they then undergo a number of trial days in ENS. Our team carefully examine how teachers conduct lessons and interact with children. Only after successfully passing this final interview stage will we then invite new teachers to join our team.

Our cheerful, creative and friendly team of experienced teachers and their assistants spend all day (at least eight hours) with our children. During our normal daily programme of varied lessons our children only hear and speak English. They quickly learn to understand it, express it in their thoughts, feelings and desires, and even start to make jokes! All of these things create the right conditions for your child to become bilingual.

Classic British English - BBC English

English language in modern times has become the the main means of international communication. However, ‘English’ English is not that simple. When entering into dialogue with strangers in the UK, on the basis of conversation, accent and style, it is easy to work out their country, region or city and from that, social and educational status.

Standard national English (BBC English, the Queen’s English) or as they say in England, 'proper English’ is the language of the best private schools and universities in the UK. It has been developed over many years from the way that the population of London and south-east England speaks.  It is this version of the English language that our teachers give the children of ENS. Based on this high level of grammar and style it is the only foundation for which our children can go on to understand and master other versions of the language.

Modern British English is highly heterogeneous. Apart from the aforementioned types of language in the UK, there are at least 10-15 other regional dialects: northern, central, south-western, south-eastern, Irish, Scottish and Welsh etc. and they all differ greatly phonetically and lexically. People from east London speak very differently from, for example, western Manchester. Liverpool is another excellent example, where the world famous British band ‘The Beatles’ made their brand out of the now famous Liverpool accent.

Children naturally adopt their accent and this is the exact type of English that is so easily identifiable. If you learn to speak English in Scotland, Manchester, Germany or India, it is quickly identifiable if you have not learnt by speaking to English speakers from London or the south-west. You can trust that the English that your child learns at ENS is ‘proper English’.

British Programme

The task of ENS is not only to provide children with the ‘proper' English. Our task is much broader. We strive to offer all of our children the necessary conditions for their comprehensive development - intellectual, creative, social and physical - in an English speaking environment, based on the national British curriculum. It is this programme that is taught in all British international nursery and primary schools.

For preschoolers, their first stage is based on the British programme of early years development (Early Years Foundation Stage of the British National Curriculum), a statutory standard required in the UK from 2002. For primary school pupils we also offer the official British programme (British National Primary Curriculum). At both levels, English language is the framework, as the object of study but also as the main tool of learning and communication. 

ENS nurseries not only gives children a second language a native level, but also fully prepares them for further education and develops their basic knowledge of the 'three R's' - writing, reading and arithmetic. In the ENS primary school, in addition to these children also learn basic geography, science, history, technology, the humanities and creative subjects: music, design and art. Physical development of our children is equally as important and we provide vigorous outdoor exercise, martial arts classes, children's yoga and swimming.

The strongest point of the British educational system is that its pays great attention to all aspects of personal development: intellectual, creative, social, emotional and physical. The priority of the British system is a holistic approach to child-raising, developing a harmonious relationship with others and the world in general (with a focus on personal, social and emotional well-being) as well as growing autonomy, self-esteem and selfconfidence. For the British creators of this approach, a person's success and strength of character is primarily expressed in their ability to build relationships, their enjoyment of communication with others, understanding their own and others' behaviour, and by engaging, collaborating and working with others.

Two parallel programs (British and Russian) in ENS Primary Schools

The principle of ‘two languages - two full programmes - two strong teams of teachers’ makes ENS Primary School the only school of its kind in Russia.

ENS Primary School is truly bilingual in the classic sense of the word. The principle of bilingualism in school is through both study and communication in two languages: English and Russian. 

This solves two problems:

  • supports progress made at the early years level of English and further develops it within the official British primary school system with English native speaking teachers, offering a full 9-10 years (including at nursery level) of English ‘immersion'
  • gives children Russian language and the Russian system of primary education (as standard 12 hours per week) with our Russian team of teachers.

Leavers of our ENS Primary School are then offered an extremely broad range of places to continue their study at secondary level. Their level of English and Russian languages (both written and spoken) allows them to chose to study in both British international and Russian secondary schools.

Combining two equivalent educational programmes at primary school (British and Russian) proves advantageous not only for language development. It is, in our experience, also an important catalyst for a child’s well-rounded personal development. ENS pupils learn the full Russian school programme ahead of the same programme of study in conventional schools. Children are not only able to just successfully cope with this extensive programme but it helps to reveal their inner reserves and develop their innate ability to learn.

Comfort and
safety of the
educational and
play environment

English Nursery and Primary Schools offer an exceptionally comfortable, safe educational and play environment. All our schools have large and bright classrooms which have been carefully designed and are also well-equipped for learning and play. Our furniture is from Europe and meets European safety standards, our toys are imported from Britain and our rich library is packed with textbooks, story books, British audio and video materials. Our gyms, dance and performing arts halls meet all safety standards, as do our special classrooms for chess, yoga, martial arts etc and we have separate gated areas for outdoor play. 

All ENS schools have full CCTV throughout their premises so parents can watch their children on the screen should they wish. Our nurseries and schools are all located in ecologically clean districts of Moscow.

Specialists in the field of bilingualism: psychologist and

To support our children and parents we have a team of speech therapists and psychologists in all branches of ENS that are not only instructors in language immersion but unique specialists in children's bilingual development. Each child that is ‘immersed’ in a new language and communication environment responds differently and as such our qualified team of specialists are a constant presence to ensure that children are supported every step of the way.  Parents can be assured that our team of qualified experts on bilingualism are there for their child, if and when they might need them.

Preparing for nursery, school and extra classes

For our youngest children (1.5 - 2.5 years) we have been running our 'Baby Club' in all branches of ENS for three years now. This helps prepare children for successful entry into our English-speaking nursery environment. The Baby Club runs twice a week for 1.5 hours at a time.

In 'Baby Club' your child will communicate with an English teacher, their assistant, other parents and their peers learning to play different educational games together.  Children quickly adapt to the warm and friendly environment of 'Baby Club’ where they have the presence of their mother (or other loved one), a small number of other children, and the support of an experienced teacher and their assistant, who skilfully organise the children and hold their attention for the duration of the whole club session.

ENS offers a diverse range of additional classes focusing on children's entertainment and further education including: chess, gymnastics, martial arts, soccer, swimming, yoga, stagecraft, choreography, piano, singing, fine arts, science, French, etc. This list of classes can also be extended at the request of our students and their parents.

Children of 5-7 years (Year 1 and Year 2) are able to attend additional classes to prepare them for Russian school. These lessons are especially important for children who will enrol in ENS Primary School, where teaching will begin in the two parallel programmes of English and Russian.

ENS Charity programme

Since 2010 ENS has been actively supporting the Irish charity fund ‘To Russia with Love’ and their Russian sister fund ‘To Children with Love’ who work with orphaned children across Russia. During this time ENS have organised and carried out a large number of joint projects. ENS charity events are held several times a year (usually once a term), and are gradually helping more and more orphanages across more regions in Russia. Some charity events are held annually at Christmas or 1st September and are a big part of tradition at ENS!

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