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English at Stavraki School


At Stavraki School, English is taken very seriously, all pupils have daily lessons, starting from pre-kindergarten through to year six. As our pupils progress and move up the educational ladder, each of our three English teachers ensures the best possible language development according to the age and ability of the children for whom they are responsible. Not only do the English teachers speak English during the lessons but also during playtimes, whilst accompanying school excursions and everywhere else in our school environment.

Starting with the daily Pre- and Kindergarten classes, emphasis is given to oral skills and especially the correct pronunciation of the English language. In addition to basic communication skills, an extensive range of language is covered and the children are encouraged to participate in role playing and acting out a wide selection of stories. Through fun and games in an almost entirely English-speaking environment, a love of the language and culture is deeply embedded along with an urge to learn more. When a child's first contact with a foreign language is an enjoyable, creative and stimulating experience then he/she will wish to continue the learning process as best he/she can.

Rhymes and Language Games

Learning English is enriched by language games and songs; our younger pupils, in their first steps of language learning, learn an extensive range of chants, songs and tongue-twisters and take part in oral games to develop their oral and communicative skills. The English language is taught in a manner as close to a mother tongue as possible, so that the pupils feel at ease with the foreign language, thus making improvement an easy process.

Library Time

At our school we are very proud of our abundant English library. In the younger classes,” Library Time” is a regular part of the language learning timetable. The children at first listen to stories read and acted out by the teacher in their weekly “Storytime”. They also begin to choose their own books and spend time looking at and reading their books in the quiet and calming library environment.