ESL Classroom Success Relies Heavily On Good Group Dynamics

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Helen Doron Early English methodology and materials put a special emphasis on group dynamics and help foster children's 'emotional intelligence' for better learning and a more successful life.

The Helen Doron educational franchise helps children learn English by creating high quality innovative learning programs for children of all ages the world over. Audrey Serper is a key member of the Helen Doron pedagogic development team and a veteran Teacher Trainer. She comments on how group dynamics works in Helen Doron Early English classrooms. "Without positive group dynamics, no classroom will be successful, for either the students or the teacher. Our lessons are built for small groups of 4 - 8 children. Any less, and the energy level for a good group dynamics just isn't there - that's why Helen Doron lessons are more effective than private tutoring."

Audrey explains that part of the role of Helen Doron teachers is to help children develop good group dynamics and socially acceptable behavior within an ESL class environment. "Our teachers are specially trained to encourage children to express their emotions in a socially acceptable way, acknowledging feelings (such as frustration when losing a game). In this way, even very young children begin to learn self-control - by waiting their turn to play a game or by sharing a prop with others."

Psychologist and author Daniel Goleman, expert in the field of emotional intelligence in youngsters, says the following: "Intellectual ability is not enough to assure success in school or in life. In fact, in some cases, children with superior cognitive skills do not live up to their promise because they do not also possess solid emotional intelligence. They are out-of-sync with themselves and with others; they can't read between social and emotional lines. They are not good at cooperating or at preventing and resolving conflicts."

Audrey continues. "Helen Doron Early English lessons encourage children towards self-understanding and that leads to empathy. When they are able to express their own emotions openly, children can more easily identify them in others. Our teachers encourage children to listen to each other in the lessons, and that also helps develop their emotional intelligence skills, and makes for excellent group dynamics."

In Audrey's experience, part of building good group dynamics is to promote the children's individual talents in the lessons, making it clear that children may have different abilities. One may be good at drama, another at singing, another will be better at spoken English, yet another at reading, etc., and the children are encouraged to appreciate each member's contribution to the group. This is quite a unique approach amongst children franchise operations, and exclusive to Helen Doron.

Audrey concludes that Helen Doron Early English lessons are designed to help children learn to communicate with each other within the lesson (and that's using language naturally). They encourage one another when their group loses a game (Winning isn't the most important thing!), they reassure one another (It's OK to colour out of the lines) and learn to express their feelings in acceptable ways. Audrey says, "At first, it may seem like the children are just repeating what they hear the teacher say, but I believe that in this way, positive group dynamics and emotional intelligence will be ingrained in their behavior and become an important part the way the view the world."

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About the Helen Doron Educational Group: we stand at the forefront of innovative educational systems since 1985, providing exclusive learning programs and quality educational materials for babies, children and adolescents the world over. The Helen Doron method offers children enjoyable, results-oriented learning programs designed to teach new languages, develop cognitive and memory skills, build confidence and self-esteem, and share in the joy of learning. Helen Doron offers inspired, personalized learning systems for small groups, and in kindergartens and schools for larger groups through the following quality educational programs: Helen Doron Early English, MathRiders - expert math tutoring program, Ready-Steady-Move - movement and dance with language. The Helen Doron educational franchise model invites entrepreneurs to join a successful turnkey business operation that benefits children around the world.

Contact the Helen Doron Group: Sue Kolan, Franchise Admin.
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