Westport English School

Child-centred and playful English courses for children

Westport is the English language school in Budapest where children
between the age of 6 and 14 can develop their language skills and self-confidence
step by step, playfully, with the help of native English speaker teachers, so that a world
full of opportunities, which is provided by proficiency in English, opens up for them in the process.

Our methods – how do children learn English in our language school?

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Modern, child-centred teaching methods:

Children learn English in our school through playful tasks and life-like situational exercises, as a result of which language learning is fun.

 

 

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Small groups:

Children learn in small groups of 4 to 10,
so that enough time and attention
can be devoted to each of them individually.

beszédközpontú angol tanfolyam gyerekeknek Budapesten

English courses for kids focused on oral communication

 

Even though the knowledge of grammar cannot be ignored either, the most important skill nowadays is the confident use of English in speaking.

 

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Native English-speakers as teachers

Teachers with international certifications and several years of experiences of working with children and teaching them English. 

And yes, even from the absolute beginner level!*

*Click here to find out how it is possible.

Teaching locations in Budapest:

Marczibányi Téri Művelődési Központ – 1022, Budapest – Marczibányi tér 5/A.

Pannon Kincstár  – 1056, Budapest – Váci utca 47.

Pannon Kincstár

Marczibányi Téri Művelődési Központ

The calendar of the academic year in Westport English language school in Budapest

1st trimester

17 September to 13 December 2018

2nd trimester

7 January to 28 March 2018

3rd trimester

1 April to 14 June 2019

Summer events and day camps

17 June 2019 to 31 August

Westport English courses for children starting

 

New courses only start at the beginning of each trimester.

The possibility to join existing groups is subject to the child’s level of English and the sizes of groups.
Please inquire under the “Contact” tab.

Age groups:
(in case of overlapping age categories, the decision is made on the basis of the child’s maturity and level of English)
• 6 to 8 year
• 8 to 10 year
• 10 to 12 year
• 12 to 14 year
Group size: Small groups of 4 to 10 children
Intensity: 2 times per week (2 x 90 minutes)
Number of classes / trimester: 24 x 90 minutes / trimester
Time slots: • Monday and Wednesday (4:00 to 4:30 p.m.)
• Tuesday and Thursday (4:00 to 4:30 p.m.)
First day of the course: Join in now or in the next semester:
7 or 8 January (Monday or Tuesday)
Monthly course fee:  HUF 33,000 / month (100% guarantee)

 

Korcsoportok:
(életkori átfedés esetén döntés tudásszint és érettség alapján)
• 6 to 8 year
• 8 to 10 year
• 10 to 12 year
• 12 to 14 year
Csoportméret: Small groups of 4 to 10 children
Intenzitás: 2 times per week (2 x 90 minutes)
Óraszám / trimeszter: 24 x 90 minutes / trimester
Időpontok: • Monday and Wednesday (4:00 to 4:30 p.m.)
• Tuesday and Thursday (4:00 to 4:30 p.m.)
Tanfolyam első napja: Join in now or in the next semester:
7 or 8 January (Monday or Tuesday)
Tanfolyam havidíja:  HUF 44,000 / month (100% guarantee)

 

Make-up classes in the trimester

 Make-up classes for 23 October will be held for all groups on 26 October.
Make-up classes for 1 November will be held for all groups on 8 November.

Autumn break: there will be no classes in the autumn break between 28 October and 2 November.

100% money back guarantee

We are so certain that our native speaker teachers will be effective in the experience-centred English courses for children offered at Westport that we provide a 100% money back guarantee!

If you change your mind after the first 4 classes, or for any reason the course is not suitable for you after all, we will refund the amount you already paid for the course, with no questions asked!

Free English textbook and workbook for every student who registers!

Every child who enrols in a course at Westport English School gets the Pearson Big English textbook and workbook appropriate for their level as well as access to the related online exercises.

In addition, every child receives a book bag to put their books in, and a notebook and pencils.

As a result, you don’t have to spend time, money or energy getting these yourself. We provide everything for fun and effective learning for your child!

What will happen after submitting an application for the course?

1

After completing the application form, you will be transferred to SimplePay, the online bank card payment system of OTP Bank, where you can finalise your application by way of providing your bank card information. The monthly fee is not (!) yet charged to your card at this time: the first payment will be made when the classes start or your child joins an existing group.

2

After you successfully applied, you will receive an email at the address provided on the application form, in which we will inform you about the procedure to follow for the placement test. If your child is at an absolute beginner level, because he or she never learnt English before, then it is not necessary to take the placement test.

3

After the deadline, we summarise the applications, and based on the results of the placement tests and your indicated preferences for time slots and locations, we will set up the groups of children consisting of similar age and language skill levels. This usually takes 1-2 days after the application deadline, and as soon as the groups are finalised, we will send you the details of the Westport English course for kids.

4

On the date announced, the English courses for kids will start. In the meantime, if you have any questions, our course organiser, Gabi Valach is pleased to assist you at the following telephone number: +36-70-624-9174 or by email: gabi.valach@westportenglish.hu (Westport English School was founded by Angol Intézet language school).

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What will happen after submitting an application for the course?

1

After completing the application form, you will be transferred to SimplePay, the online bank card payment system of OTP Bank, where you can finalise your application by way of providing your bank card information. The monthly fee is not (!) yet charged to your card at this time: the first payment will be made when the classes start or your child joins an existing group.

2

After you successfully applied, you will receive an email at the address provided on the application form, in which we will inform you about the procedure to follow for the placement test. If your child is at an absolute beginner level, because he or she never learnt English before, then it is not necessary to take the placement test.

3

After the deadline, we summarise the applications, and based on the results of the placement tests and your indicated preferences for time slots and locations, we will set up the groups of children consisting of similar age and language skill levels. This usually takes 1-2 days after the application deadline, and as soon as the groups are finalised, we will send you the details of the Westport English course for kids.

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On the date announced, the English courses for kids will start. In the meantime, if you have any questions, our course organiser, Gabi Valach is pleased to assist you at the following telephone number: +36-70-624-9174 or by email: gabi.valach@westportenglish.hu (Westport English School was founded by Angol Intézet language school).

The time left until the application deadline for the children’s English course:

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Frequently asked questions

concerning English courses

for children and the language school

Can your child participate in the course even though he/she is an absolute beginner?

In addition to all of our native speaker teachers being highly qualified, they also taught English to children in several other countries. They have acquired the techniques with the help of which they can understand the children and can also make themselves understood.

They are able to remain within the framework provided by the English language, while conveying a wide range of ideas and thoughts by way of gestures, movements and imitation.

Further, our teachers also learn Hungarian in our school, and there is always somebody at the reception who speaks Hungarian.

In addition to the above, a high level of emotional intelligence is a fundamental expectation toward our teachers, and therefore, they are able to understand the problems of the students in any situation. They aim at creating a maximum level of trust, respect and a positive teacher-student relationship, which makes learning more motivating and enjoyable.

Why are the classes conducted in English only?

We fundamentally believe that it is an invaluable asset if children learn to not only speak, but also think in English at a young age.

For this, we must keep continuously up to date with the methodology necessary for the efficient teaching of English to children, and in line with this expectation, our highly trained native speaker teachers only use English in their communication with the children.

This approach is proven to improve children’s listening and reading comprehension skills, and also gives them self-confidence to activate their acquired knowledge and express themselves in English.

In such an environment, students will actively participate in the classes and in the language learning process. This proven method shows the best results in the teaching of English as a foreign language both in case of children and adults.

What should you know about our teachers?

In Westport English School, children are always taught by teachers who are native speakers or native-level speakers of English.

First of all, let us clarify what is meant by “native-level”, but non-native speaker teachers.

They are English teachers with international certification who have lived for extensive periods of time in English-speaking countries.

In addition, they must be teachers who, in the opinion of both the management of the language schools and the native English speakers teaching at our school, have a native-level proficiency of English.

It may come as a surprise, but on the basis of our experience of many years, it happens that a native-level, foreign teacher is able to use the language and has better teaching skills than a mediocre native English-speaking teacher. Since it is our fundamental principle that the best English teachers possible should work with children, we also hire native-level English teachers.

Nevertheless, in all cases, the classes will still be taught in English only, all the more so since these native-level English teachers are not necessarily Hungarians.

On the whole we can say that:

  • the majority of our teachers are from the United Kingdom;
  • in all cases they have degrees;
  • all of them have internationally recognised teacher certifications, in most cases the CELTA qualification certified by the University of Cambridge, or the TESOL qualification granted by Trinity College London;
  • they have several years of relevant experiences teaching English to children; and
  • they regularly participate in continued training courses for the teaching of young learners.

And what is the most important think: they enjoy teaching children!

Why is it recommended that children be taught English by native speakers?

For all practical purposes, native English speaker teachers will convey the actual, common spoken English language to the children without any mistakes, since they have a wealth of knowledge in this respect.

In addition, their native speaker’s pronunciation will also have a positive effect on the development of the students’ listening and reading comprehension as well as their pronunciation, since children will imitate and learn the native English intonation and pronunciation efficiently in the classroom.

Native speaker English teachers instinctively feel and understand the language, and so they do not have to “force-feed” children with grammar examples to explain the meaning of an expression or the structure of a sentence.

What elevates Westport English School above the other English language schools?

Our native English-speaker teachers are our greatest assets. We only work with the best trained, most motivated teachers, specialised in teaching young learners, and it is also a condition that they have an international teaching certification.

Our teachers are not only experts of teaching, but also have the necessary emotional intelligence, which is indispensable for bringing out the best performance from the children and making the English classes enjoyable and useful.

When studying with our native speaker English teachers, children learn the correct English pronunciation of words more easily, while their attention is maintained by way of the entertaining and exciting tasks.

We work with small groups (4 to 10 children), which means that each of our students receive enough individual attention. On the other hand, thanks to the group classes, they will have the courage to use their knowledge of English in the presence of others, and can also make new friends more easily.

What methods are used for teaching English to children?

Our teaching methods are based on the most modern, state-of-the-art techniques. The class sessions are playful, interactive, practical, and also adjusted to the individual needs of the students.

With the key role played by the teacher, all communication between the students also takes place in English only. The aim of this is for our native speaker teachers to make the use of spoken English natural for your children.

The size of the group is kept small (min. 4 and max. 10 students), which means that each child is given enough individual attention.

Thanks to our speaking-centred methods, the children acquire a proficiency of English that is also useful in real life situations.

The role play and situational activities, as well as the tasks requiring active participation are all pillars of our methodology.

We help our students remember words that came up earlier through a variety of playful situational tasks.  The English words and phrases thus learned will become part of their active vocabulary, which they will be able to use at any time in real-life situations.

What are the advantages of teaching in small groups as opposed to one-on-one teaching?

Group-based classes produce better results because children prefer learning with their peers to learning with an adult only. It is important, however, that the group be kept small enough in order to allow sufficient attention for the children.

The size of our groups (4 to 10 children) is perfectly in line with this, and thus the students can use and practice the knowledge they acquired; further, international experiences and feedback from our teachers also indicate that this is the ideal group size.

In addition, the group-based classes provide an opportunity for children to talk with several of their peers in English, thereby improving their self-confidence, developing their interactive communication skills, making friends, and contributing with others to the formation of a pleasant and joyful learning environment.

What will make English teaching entertaining and joyful for the children?

It is extremely important that a child should be active and enthusiastic in the classroom. After a long school day or week, however, they are often tired, and therefore it is indispensable that the classes be entertaining and interactive.

The classes fundamentally follow a textbook, which helps students to keep a direction of development and the structure, but in addition to the textbook materials, teachers also introduce a number of other activities, such as role-playing, English-language games, experience-rich, task-based projects.

This way, in addition to the situational activities that vary across levels and age groups, teachers also use videos, songs and stories read out, always aligned with the children’s interest, which contribute to the improvement of their listening comprehension skill. Board games and movement-based games, on the other hand, develop interactive communication and teamwork between the young learners.

In addition to the above, it is worth mentioning that we create an interactive and exciting learning environment in which all children can discover and activate their command of English.

What else will your child learn in addition to English?

Although the focus point of the course is the teaching of English to children, our qualified teachers will also aim to develop the following skills, depending on the level and the age group: communication skills with each other, speaking before an audience, the ability to work in teams, problem-solving skills, self-confidence, etc.

Our role-playing and life-like situational activities may place young learners in situations that may still be unfamiliar for them, and as a result, they will be more confident in similar situations, no matter what language they use.

We consider the emphasis on the development of interpersonal communication so crucial because it may prove to be very useful in their subsequent lives, and prepare them for situations in which expressing themselves is of key importance.

Our other games and teamwork activities will also encourage the children to cooperate and learn to solve problems, which may be quite useful skills already during their school years.

In addition to the above, knowing English will make it easier for them to learn other foreign languages successfully as well.

How will this English course increase your child’s self-confidence in English and generally in life?

There are several studies that prove that those who speak at least two languages are more self-confident and successful in everyday life than those who only speak their native languages.

Learning and using a second language increases logical and communication skills, improves memory and enhances self-confidence.  Knowing a second language opens a door to another world, and students who open that door are more willing and confident in communicating with others.

One such method with which we aim to improve our students’ self-confidence is the use of mini presentations. These contribute to children’s ability to speak in front of each other, even in a foreign language, and thus overcome “stage fright” already at a young age.

Will your children be able to join a group during a trimester?

It is possible to join a group also while the trimester is under way if there is a group that corresponds to your child’s level of English and there is still room in the group of maximum 10 students.

Inquiries about this possibility can also be made by way of completing our application form or via the contact page, and once this happens, we reply within one business day.

When it is not possible to join an existing group, it is worth waiting until the starting of the new groups at the beginning of each semester, further information on which is available by clicking here.

Can your child apply even if he or she cannot yet read and write?

Yes, this is not a problem. Of course, he or she will be in a group where the others cannot read and/or write either.

What payment options are there?

 

The course fee is HUF 33,000 / month, payment of which is possible via the SimplePay bank card payment system operated by OTP Bank.

All you have to do is complete the application form, after which you will transferred to the SimplePay website. For the application, you must provide your bank card data there, but the course fee will not (!) be charged to your card yet. The first monthly fee will only be charged when your child has successfully started the course with his or her English native speaker teacher and group.

If you would like to pay the course fee in a different form, please contact Gabi Valach, our course organiser, at the following email address: gabi.valach@angolintezet.hu (Westport English School is part of Angol Intézet language school).

Isn’t a class session of 90 minutes too long for younger children?

 

The 90-minute-long session consists of two parts. One part is about learning new materials, while the other part is about the consolidation and practising of the new material.

Of course, all of this happens in an interactive way, through various games and joyful situational activities, and therefore, we can assure you that our lesson plans are aligned with the ability of the given age group’s ability to concentrate.

Is it necessary for the parents to speak English for their child to participate in the English language course?

No, of course it is not necessary. All administrative tasks related to the course take place primarily in Hungarian (or in English, where necessary).

Is it possible to make up for missed classes?

There is no possibility for make-up classes, but the parents and the children can see through an online platform what the group did during the given class session and what the homework is, and so they can catch up with the group. Further information is sent on this to the applicants before the course starts.

What is the approach of the language school to homework?

We can differentiate between two types of active learning: in or outside the classroom.

In addition, passive learning, such as listening to music, watching videos or reading short stories can also be very useful.

All three of these are important in the long run for successful language learning, and our teachers make specific recommendations to the given group to find the right proportions.

On the basis of the above, our approach is not to overburden children with too much homework; instead, we encourage them to keep a daily contact with the language. So we would give preference to 10 minutes of learning daily over 1 hour per week, with a good balance of active and passive language learning.

Do you have any other questions?

Please contact us through the following link, and we will answer your question within 1 business day: 
https://westportenglish.hu/en/contact/

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