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Learn from the Best: Footpal (Part 1)

Amy and I believe that when you learn,  you should learn from the best.        Learn from them.   Develop their ideas and make them your own.   We apply this to our kids also.       Our sons’ futsal school: Footpal has a renowned coach.   People travel long distances to take his classes. […]

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Amy and I believe that when you seek guidance, you should learn from the best.      Learn from them.   Develop their ideas and make them your own.      Robert S. Murphy is our 2nd blog on learning from the best.   The first (about David Paul) can be viewed here.   Many […]

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Amy and I believe that when you get guidance for life, you should learn from the best.      Learn from them.   Develop their ideas and make them your own.      David Paul set us on the path to where we are now.     Amy and I  have been attending ETJ Expos […]

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Start English as soon as you can.   Kids learn like sponges.   Everyone agrees with this.  We don’t: kind of.     We ran a very popular Mummy and Me classes.   One hour class:  20 minutes play with toys, 40 minutes songs, songs, songs and books.     We had 4 classes, lots […]

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Many 6th grade students quit English lessons in anticipation of Junior High School.    You shouldn’t quit.   You should continue.      Let’s look at why you might want to leave and why you shouldn’t.   #1 Reason:  My child can’t make the time because club activities finish late.   This simply isn’t true. […]

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We find that our students are progressing more quickly these days.   We have many elementary students on Jr. High School texts.     We use the English File series with Jr. High kids, higher level returnees, adult students, and NOW higher level elementary students.    The text is comprehensive: covering vocabulary, grammar. listening and […]

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As school owners, we would recommend having rules.   And not bending them.      For many reasons:  You are a business.  To be professional, you must have rule.   2.   Presumably you made the rules for a reason.   If you CHANGE them easily, then why did you take the time to think […]

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Despite the market being awash with phonics texts,  we decided to make My English Book and Me 3.     Why?      How is My English Book and Me 3 different?   1. More than 1 anchor word per letter.    My English Book and Me 3 introduces 4 anchor words per letter.   […]

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After a [ fabulous! ] trial lesson,  a potential student is often asked by Mom, “Did you have fun?”        This irritates me for several reasons.    Mom:  YOU saw the lesson:   If YOU thought:     A.  The lesson was fast-paced, interesting and enjoyable. B.  My child WILL learn to speak, […]

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If you teach adults, chances are you’ve been told:    “We want free conversation.   No texts please.”   At Dave and Amy English School, we don’t do free conversation.   These are the reasons why: 1.   In conversation, students will use the same vocabulary and grammar that they always use.     I […]

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