Minone Education preparing students school for Australian Schools
What We Do
English Language Immersion learning is the most effective way to learn English. Minone Education is staffed by qualified teachers who prepare students for entry into Australian schools. We do not just prepare students for the AEAS test (required for entry into most good Australian schools) but for entry into the Australian education system. Students well prepared for school entry will do well in the AEAS test. Our courses are about preparing the student for school not just getting them past the hurdle in the process.
We consider all the students needs, not just there need for good, grammatically sound spoken and written English. So we look at migrating their IT skills and building them up, their knowledge of mathematics we transition to a problem solving approach and help them integrate into a collegiate form of learning. We don’t just look at getting students into the Australian system we look at preparing them to do well from day 1.
Transferring into the Australian system not just about changing schools and changing language but changing the way students approach education. Using modern learning theories we prepare students to succeed in the modern Australian classroom. We look to transition students from the traditional setting to the technology based systems often used in most schools. We help students adapt to technology rich learning.
How We do it
Our classes are small and personal. With a class size of less than 10 we get to know our students really well. The student develops English at the best rate for them, our students do not get lost or left behind by the system. And when they enter the school system we offer a range of tutorials which help keep them in school.
Students learn all the English skills required for success here in Australia, those tested by the AEAS, for example we look at reading and comprehension skills, but we link it to the skills and knowledge required by schools. We build a students vocabulary, both spoken and written and we look at all the discourses students will need to master, as well as transitioning their knowledge into English. We make efficient use of classroom time. We provided guided study. Additional homework tasks build on in class work.
Our English courses are not mere conversation courses provided by native English speaker, our courses prepare students for the classroom, we are native English speakers who are qualified classroom teachers with years of experience who understand what skills the modern students need to do well in school.
We prepare students for school, the AEAS test is just a stepping stone. Students who are prepared for school are well prepared for the AEAS test .
The AEAS test has a number of facets:
Non verbal reasoning
All these skills are skills students use in the Australian classroom. We cannot control how these skills will be measured in the test but we can teach the students how to approach each test and build a skill set which will give them a good grounding.
For the Reading (Comprehension) test the students can be introduced to texts and question sets which not only prepare them for the test but also cover the sort of topics students cover in schools.
We use these targeted texts to build sentencing skills and vocablulary. This means when the student enters the Australian classroom they have both the skills and the knowledge to succeed.
We can also use specialist science and maths contexts which can be used as evidence of ability for the students to use when applying to some schools.
The AEAS test centre suggests one week in a good intensive ESL school should result in 1 point increase to the AEAS test score. One of our students was looking at an AEAS test score of less than 20 our methods took her to above 50 in 10 weeks! She is now studying at one of Melbourne’s top Independent girls school.
Creative writing skills, complex grammatical structures and vocabulary are built up through reading comprehension tasks and specialist writing tasks. Building up complex sentence structure from basic sentences. Improving vocabulary skills through a variety of activities, including custom built ipad activities. English is a language of pictures, idioms and non literal structures which makes the language difficult to master we use technology to help students understand both words and context. We take what children do when learning their first language and condense it down to speed up how they acquire a second language, concentrating on what they need to do and what they need to know.
Regular work on producing english sounds and work with spelling rules. Working through how children here learn to spell using basic phonics and syllables. For older children teaching them how words are commonly misspelled so they can look for common mistakes in words they do not know. We cannot teach the student ALL the words they may need, English has too many, but we can teach them what sort of misspelling they might see in the AEAS test. We teach the skills pragmatically – what do they need to know – what do they need to be able to do – what method of learning works for them!
While most Chinese students have advanced mathematics when compared to most Australian students the language used may cause problems for the students. Therefore students should be exposed to technical English through Mathematics. Students here are exposed to mathematical terminology quite early in Primary school hence students will need to do some “Mathematical English”. English there are many ways to ask a student to complete the same task, many good schools expect students to be able to answer ‘story’ style problems rather than just do the ‘number crunching’, and often question contain material which is not pertinent to the problem being solved. Understanding the difference between questions as well as the similarities.