What is the latest on setting up a UK curriculum school?

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What is the latest on setting up a UK curriculum school?

Postby greenbird » Tue Sep 30, 2008 9:02 pm

I have been following all the threads about English schools in Varna:

1. A new english school
http://www.mybulgaria.info/modules.php? ... ic&t=20357

2. english school in varna
http://www.mybulgaria.info/modules.php? ... pic&t=8380

3. PRIMARY SCHOOL SETUP
http://www.mybulgaria.info/modules.php? ... pic&t=8814

but as most of them were active about 1 - 2 years ago, I was wondering what has happened since then? Have any parents got together to teach their kids English ? Has anyone had a serious go at opening a school?

I am a qualified primary school teacher, and I want to start working with English speaking children in Varna.

My classes would be about 2 or 3 hours per week, probably in a local nursery / primary school premesis ( i hope to organize this).

This might interest parents of kids (aged 4 - 12) who attend a bulgarian school, but who want them to keep their English reading and writing and spelling up to a level, similar to that which Kids in UK schools have.

THESE ARE NOT ENGLISH LESSONS FOR BULGARIANS, I am aiming at something like an informal International School atmosphere.


Anyone interested, or knows of anyone who might be, pls. get in touch, or I would just like to know what has happened to all the people in the above forums who
said they are teachers wanting to open a school . What is the latest?

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Postby pinkyfahey » Wed Oct 01, 2008 7:47 am

Hi,
Don't want to appear rude and many apologies to all the senior members who know there has been many discussions about spelling, but if you want to teach children to spell you may want to use spellcheck on your pc before you submit a post.

premises
and i should be a capital I

Just a thought as this post is a bit like a CV for you to any parents who are looking to employ or send their children to an English lesson that you organise.

But then again you said
[quote]This might interest parents of kids (aged 4 - 12) who attend a bulgarian school, but who want them to keep their English reading and writing and spelling up to a level, similar to that which Kids in UK schools have.

and the standard of spelling in our English schools is appalling.

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Postby ChrisF » Wed Oct 01, 2008 8:26 am

If we are going to be absolutely correct then 'bulgarian' should have a capital B, and "there HAS been many discussions..." should be "there HAVE been many discussions.." to be grammatically correct.
I speak as an ex-teacher of many years experience, who taught in primary, secondary and special schools, and who specialisied in English language and literacy.

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Postby MOD » Wed Oct 01, 2008 8:38 am

ChrisF wrote:I speak as an ex-teacher of many years experience, who taught in primary, secondary and special schools, and who specialisied in English language and literacy.

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Oops!

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Can we please get back 'on topic' now?

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Postby pinkyfahey » Wed Oct 01, 2008 6:46 pm

Just one last post please Mod,

Chris,
Thank you Chris for pointing my grammatical error out but it was early and I was trying to post whilst getting my children ready for school, preparing lunches and making breakfast before I went to work. Should have read my post through before critising others and pressing submit. My sincere apologies. But on the other hand.....

I did not say that I was a teacher nor am I going to be opening a school to teach children how to write and spell.

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Postby greenbird » Sat Oct 25, 2008 9:56 am

This is all very amusing, friends (?), but does anyone actually have any information related to my question?
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Postby Tiarnan » Sat Oct 25, 2008 10:23 am

No.

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Postby Sagitarius » Sat Oct 25, 2008 12:29 pm

Hi Greenbird

I think your idea is a good one but too much of a 'niche' market just for Varna. The British children around Varna are such a wide age range and lots of parents are already paying or have paid for lessons in Bulgarian to integrate their children into Bulgarian schools. I don't think there are enough customers for your business idea.

However there is a large market for teaching Bulgarian children English and that's where the money is.

My daughter is 5.5 and is in the last year at kitchevo kindergarten. (she's been there 2 years and is now totally fluent in BG).

I'm very impressed with her education so far, they've been doing numeracy for a while, now they are learning to write in cyrillic. They are also learning bits of biology and about planets and this is only the stuff she tells me about.

I am prepared to put my trust in a Bulgarian education and hope to supplement her with english history and english grammar. The internet is such a poweful tool for resources, I know other parents who have this intention too.

I know you stated that you didn't want to teach english as a foreign language but if you want to make money from your qualifications then I would concentrate on that, at least as a basis.

Good luck anyway.

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Postby scot47 » Tue Nov 11, 2008 4:39 am

I feel that the way forward is for new arrivals with children to send their children to local Bulgarian schools. This will mean special steps to help the children integrate, with special tuition in Bulgarian etc.

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Finally some serious answers! Praise be!

Postby greenbird » Tue Nov 18, 2008 6:01 pm

Yes, Sagitarius and Scot 47, I agree with you both.
Perhaps it is for the best that there will be no International style school (yet) here in Varna. It would be a kind of segregation, and there are plenty of countries in the world which have been too 'Anglofied' already. Integration is the way forward :)

I think your appraisal of the situation here in Varna is a particularly insightful analysis of the 'lay of the land', Sagittarius; Pat yourself on the back! (spoken like a true teacher 8O

Right, anyone want any TEFL lessons? Although I am utterly bored of teaching people the Present Perfect tense :(


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