Fantail Academy offers a semi-intensive English course based on the idea that to achieve truly great results, kids need to be challenged but they also need to have fun while learning. We call this approach, “Serious Fun”.
The Serious Fun formula is simple:
Deep learning is the ability to fully understand the content that is being taught. This is in contrast to “surface” learning, where students are often asked to just repeat parts of the language without paying enough attention to the meaning and relevance of those language parts. Repetition in language learning is also important but must be combined with approaches such as deep learning so children can communicate rather than simply reproduce.
Fluency is the ability to freely communicate in a language without having to do much thinking. When children develop high levels of fluency, they tend to learn the language in a more naturalistic way which means they can explore other content areas (like science, art, culture, history, etc.) using English.
Using the Serious Fun approach, we promote advanced learning skills and techniques through: