Bilingualism

PWN is the leader in the foreign language school book sector. We drew on our extensive experience to create our own bilingualism program incorporating the Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) teaching approach recommended by the European Commission.

Our pupils study and spend time in a bilingual environment. Experienced native-speaking teachers, following PWN’s programme of content-focused English language teaching, create situations for natural communication in the foreign language.

The benefits of bilingualism:

  1. The development of mathematical skills, abstract thinking, and concentration (according to the latest research by Professor Ellen Bialystok).
  2. Improved confidence and self-esteem.
  3. The development of communication skills.
  4. Native-like communication in a multicultural environment.
  5. Openness to the world, broad-mindedness and eagerness to travel.
  6. The possibility to earn an international diploma (e.g. the International Baccalaureate) and to attend the university of one’s choice.
  7. Access to vast sources of knowledge and the latest scientific research.

The key characteristics of the PWN bilingualism program:

  1. Language immersion – each group is taken care of by two teachers. One communicates with the children in Polish and the other – in English (also outside of class, during school trips or while the children are playing in the playground).
  2. CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) – the key assumption of CLIL is that selected subject-specific content of preschool education is also delivered during English language classes. As a result, pupils regard the foreign language as a natural communication tool. CLIL is a leading language teaching approach in the EU and is recommended by the European Commission to promote the learning of foreign languages.
  3. Total Physical Response (TPR) – this method is based on the assumption that the best results in the learning a foreign language can be achieved by engaging the entire body in the learning process. TPR activities stimulate the left hemisphere of the brain, which is responsible for acquiring language skills, and the right hemisphere, which is responsible for physical movement.
  4. Task-Based Language Teaching – the teacher creates tasks and situations where the pupils feel the need to use a foreign language and to learn something new. Correct grammar is of less importance. The message and its effectiveness are the key.
  5. Project-Based Learning – one of the most effective teaching approaches. It involves individual work or a group work on a project. The project method promotes independence and self-reliance, teaches team work, goal setting and planning.