Welcome to Tingwen Market
English learning has received increasing attention from parents nowadays, and it has even become a key indicator of whether a student is excellent. However, are written exam scores the only standard for measuring English proficiency? Should learning English require mainly mechanical repetition and reciting? Actually, it's not the case. English is a language, and communication is the main usage scenario. OCIS puts great emphasis on oral English teaching in Primary when is a crucial stage of forming good learning habits, and students are more receptive to absorbing new information. If students get to develop good foundations in English pronunciation and expression, they will receive many benefits in future learning.
今天就带大家走进一堂OCIS小学部英文口语练习课——Tingwen Market, 请大家一起感受下，有趣、生动、寓教于乐、寓乐于学的OCIS英文课堂。
Today, we will take you into an OCIS primary school English speaking practice class - Tingwen Market. Let's experience the fun, lively, immersive and inquiry based OCIS English learning.
Interest oriented, active guidance and proactive learning
The research of the National Education and Training Laboratory of the United States shows that learning efficiency is completely different per different learning methods. The learning efficiency of active learning is 3-20 times higher than that of passive learning. OCIS adopts intriguing pedagogy that comprehensively enhances children's interest in learning, allowing them to truly experience the joy of learning English.
小学部英语教师Tingwen Buchanan老师在日常授课中精心设计了一个奖励环节，为积极发言、认真完成作业、表现优秀的孩子发放Tingwen Dollar，然后为孩子们准备喜欢的玩具和学习用品，定期举行Tingwen Market。在这里，大家用英文交流，模拟日常超市的购物场景，担任小小收银员和顾客，使用Tingwen Dollar兑换心仪的物品，孩子们在游戏中轻松学习日常用语，又培养了交易、价值的观念，一举多得。
English teacher Tingwen Buchanan has carefully designed a reward mechanism in daily teaching, which is distributing Tingwen Dollars to children who actively answer questions and diligently complete homework. Next step, popular toys and learning supplies are purchased and stocked to set up the Tingwen Market, where students get to perform either as cashiers or customers, to conduct transactions using Tingwen Dollars, while all conversations have to be done in English. Children can easily practice their daily communications, while embracing the concept of trade and value for money. Tapping multiple learning objectives in one setting.
Fully encourage, provide appropriate guidance, and build confidence
在Tingwen Market上，有的小朋友会比较害羞，担心发音不标准或者语法错误，迟迟不肯开口。Tingwen老师始终耐心引导，鼓励孩子不要怕犯错，要勇敢走出第一步，小伙伴们也加油打气，积极提醒，“Can I help you?”一句简单的开场白终于打破沉默，教室里响起阵阵掌声，孩子们比自己获得奖励还开心。
In Tingwen Market, some children are shy, afraid of making mistakes in pronunciation or grammar, hence refuse to speak. Ms. Tingwen always patiently encourage children to try without reservations. The other students often try to help by kindly asking, "Can I help you?" A simple opening line usually serve as the ice-breaker and the whole class applaud to the breakthrough. Kids smile more happily than collecting awards.
I also see a comforting smile on the teacher's face and the eyes filled with care for the child. Is education really difficult?
I think maybe yes as it requires a lot of love and persistence.
英语口语是一个先“input”再“output”的过程，我们为学生教授夯实的基础知识，提供大量的阅读资源和充分的语言环境，口语的表达就是顺其自然的成果。Teaching is the best speech。我们始终相信，教育是润物细无声的过程，真心、用心、专业是一切的基础，我们尊重并希望成就每一个学生，让他们在自由、平等、关爱的环境中真正热爱学习，感受学习的力量。
Spoken English is a process of accumulating 'input' then producing 'output'. We provide students with a solid foundation of knowledge, abundant reading resources, and a sufficient language environment. To speak in English is a natural result. Teaching is the best speech. We always believe that education is an immersive process. Sincerity, dedication, and professionalism are the pillars. We respect every child and hope they can achieve, so that they can truly love learning and feel the power of learning in a free, equal, and caring environment.