The AlphaTykes curriculum was developed with the assistance of specialist LOTE (Languages Other Than English) teachers, specifically for young children.
Our program is targeted to four age groups:
Our curriculum mimics the way a child learns their mother tongue by starting with core phrases, numbers, colours and alphabet, and adding specific content that is relevant and interesting to children.
Modular approach - Flexible yet structured methodology
The program is a uniquely developed modular program which provides a flexible yet structured approach to learning languages.
In total, we have 16 modules each consisting of 5 lessons (4 weeks and a revision lesson) and runs for 5 weeks. We teach 2 modules per term running for a full 10 weeks.
The program has been designed so that each child commences with basic modules that introduce the children to the structure of the program and teach them core phrases and basic words which will be reinforced in future modules. After completing basic modules, the children move on to more advanced modules. Each 'level' builds on the knowledge attained in the previous level, gradually building a repertoire of vocabulary, numbers, colours and the alphabet, and core phrases which can be used like building blocks to develop competency in the language.
But, keep in mind that children are very adaptable!! If you need to join a class that is already running and is learning an advanced module, don't worry at all. Your children will adapt and will be up and racing in no time!
Lesson structure - A lesson structure which caters to all children
We have developed a formal, formulaic lesson structure to ensure consistency, flexibility and efficiency in teaching.
This structure balances orienting, enhancing and synthesising tasks to maximise learning and provide children with a familiar program which gives them comfort and confidence. Each lesson includes singing, music, story-telling, games and art to meet the needs of all learning styles and ensure the lessons are varied and interesting.
Using this formalised structure leaves nothing to chance. It ensures:
Detailed lesson plans - Lessons plans which keep the children engaged and interested
Each module has a set of lesson plans which follow the formula of the lesson structure and specify the vocabulary, activities and resources for each lesson. For example, My Family Lesson 1 will have a detailed lesson plan which specifies the vocabulary, activities and resources for that lesson. This lesson plan will always be followed for My Family Lesson 1, in every AlphaTykes centre or every child care centre by every AlphaTykes teacher.