The Learn English through signs project is for development and testing an innovative method of teaching English to children between the ages of 2 and 6 whose first language is not English. We have been producing a training programme, together with teaching and learning materials for early years childcare professionals and language teachers in the partner countries. In addition, learning tools and materials were produced that can be used by the teachers.
The methods and tools were tested with great success in childcare settings in the partner countries. The method uses signs (British sign language), supported by teaching aids such as video, flash cards and music which can be easily assimilated by the children using direct links to their own language. In the UK, LETS was tested within childcare settings with children whose first language is not English. In Slovenia and Poland, the model was tested with children learning English, under the age of 6. The model is now used in 20 settings across Europe.
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