Grade 1 EFAL
ENGLISH FIRST ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE
South Africa continues to rank poorly in the Global Competitive Index for Primary Education clearly illustrating the need for radical interventions and innovative teaching tools as well as new training methods for teachers if we want to become a global player in the fourth industrial revolution.
All children should learn mother tongue and English. We must not choose; we should do both. The current Gr 1 EFAL programme weighs heavy on ORAL, stories and songs.
The single most important factor in predicting later academic achievement is that children begin school with a mastery of early math and literacy concepts. Mastery of early math skills predicts not only future math achievement but also predicts future reading achievement. Support for the study came from the Center for the Analyses of Pathways from Children to Adulthood at the University of Michigan, a National Science Foundations-funded Developmental Science Center.
What makes the BrainBoosters Gr 1 EFAL programme different?
We address the following factors that have a major impact on the high fallout rate of learners.
- Our programme fills the gap between home and school.
- It covers more than the curriculum. We include the much needed academic vocabulary and not just conversational language.
- Our unique interactive method engages with every child addressing the problem of extreme class sizes. The learner and teacher gets instant feedback as the teacher assist those learners who needs help.
- Our method ensures that learners can learn basic math conceps directly in English with no translation – solving the problem of 2 – 3 differnet home languages in one class.
- We use Embedded Phonics to teach sentence construction in term 3 & 4.
- The fun aspect of the programme improves school attendance of learners and a love for learning as well as an “I can” mentality.
- Parent involvement is ensured by giving parents board games during parents evening showing them how to interact with their child. Dull parent evenings are transformed into joyous interactive events when we encourage parents to play like children during an ice-breaker (kicking balls, skipping etc)