In the Classroom

Primary Program

Children from language backgrounds other than English, who start in a kindergarten program at three or four years of age, already have the basis of language development acquired by being immersed in their home environment. These children already understand about the meaning and function of language, learned through everyday acts such as giving and receiving instruction, responding to and initiating conversation and talking together with family and friends. When they go to school, the language they know and use at home is no longer the language of their new environment. They now have to acquire not only a new language, English, but also new ways of behaving and communicating. In the first few months these childrenlearn to link new words to actions and concepts acquired through their first language (Siraj-Blatchford and Clarke, 2000).

Children who have learned English since a very young age will find the demands of primary school much easier to bear. And to deepen their English skills, LEIT offers a program which is designed especially for primary school students and those of ages 5 and above, based on their ability in English.


Primary :

Age: 5 or 6 years old above (based on placement test result)

Level: 6 levels (with 3 sub-levels for each: Primary 1A/B/C until Primary 6A/B/C)

Duration: 2 – 3 months per sub-level; up to 4.5 years to complete

Subjects: Grammar, Vocabulary, Functional Language, Pronunciation and Spelling, 4 skills (Listening, Reading, Speaking, and Writing)

Learning Source: American English