Teaching children of different ages.

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Teaching children of different ages.

Unread post by northerngirl » 13 Sep 2012, 14:41

Hi, I'm hoping you can help me. I have a class of 7 year olds who have completed 2 years doing a pre junior course. They are about to start a Junior A course involving reading, writing and grammar. I also have a new student who is 10 years old. She has never had a private English lesson before and has only studied English for 1 year at her regular Greek school, which is not of the standard as a private school. I am going to give her a test taken from my Junior A grammar book. My question is if she doesn't pass the test can she be put in a class of children that are 3 years younger than her? Is this acceptable?

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Unread post by Lucy » 13 Sep 2012, 18:45

I wouldn't advise it. She will be at a different stage of cognitive development and have different interests to the 7 year olds. With children, I think it's best to group by age. If this ten-year old is a different age and a different level, I don't see it working. I hope you have some say in this!

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Unread post by northerngirl » 13 Sep 2012, 21:31

Thank you for getting back to me so quickly. Thanks for the advice. I will put the older pupil in question in a seperate class. However is it ok that she studies at the same level as the younger children if she doesn't perform well in the test that I give her? Should she start a a higher level due to her being older?

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Unread post by Lucy » 14 Sep 2012, 13:56

That may work. But it's much better to group children by age where possible. There can be a big difference in skills between children of these ages (e.g. ability to use scissors or to colour in). They also have different interests.

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