Primary Plus: English courses for Elementary School Students
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Kenichi Aikawa

Learn English, and so much more. 

Primary Plus is an exclusive, global English course, designed by experts for primary school kids aged 6-12. It is based on the principle of effective teaching in a positive environment where every child feels welcome and secure. We believe these combined aspects elevate English from a short-term outcome to a lifelong skill to enable your child by equipping them for future challenges. 

In Primary Plus children will tackle real-life tasks, working in groups and crafting researched answers and developing innovative solutions. The tasks are specially designed to match their developmental level, ensuring familiarity to the situation they learn in. Children will communicate and engage with a variety of media, leading them to work collaboratively as well as to become more self-directed.

Based on extensive feedback and long-term development, Primary Plus gives priority to: 

  • A 4-skills approach leading to communication in English (with a focus on developing literacy skills in our Starter classes) 
  • Ongoing development of vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation
  • Building confidence and developing positive attitudes
  • Knowing other cultures to better know one’s own
  • A focus on the whole child: moving beyond language learning through the active promotion of Creativity, Critical Thinking, Digital Literacy and ‘Learning how to learn’
  • The integration of IT and ICT skills into mainstream learning
  • Using a range of modern, communicative teaching methods including task-based learning (TBL), communicative language teaching (CLT) and content and language integrated learning (CLIL) 
Primary Plus: English course for Primary kids
Working on practical tasks and projects in collaboration and cooperation with classmates. ©

Kenichi Aikawa

Primary Plus 2021 regular course
During class, children have a chance to get hands on coding experience using BBC micro:bit and Cubetto. ©

Kenichi Aikawa

Primary Plus Magazine
Your child can have fun learning English with Shaun the Sheep and friends.
Primary Plus School Bag
Primary Plus School Bag

Specialist Teachers

Our teachers are the world’s English experts. All British Council teachers hold professional teaching qualifications including CELTA, DELTA, PGCE, MA TESOL and TYLEC. They have extensive experience teaching children. By getting to know how every child learns, our teachers know how to spark their imagination and keep them motivated. >>Meet some of our teachers.

Modular English learning

Primary Plus is an age-based group lesson. Each of the six levels feature eight modules. Each module is based around a magazine that gives your child lots of opportunities to practise reading, writing, speaking and listening. They cover a variety of Real-World topics ranging from solar power to fashion design and making nature documentaries – so your child will learn English and gain so much knowledge. 

 

*Please refer ‘Primary Plus 21-22 Course Overview’ for details of each module. 

Three Communicative Teaching Methods

Primary Plus makes use of three communicative teaching methods: task-based learning (TBL), communicative language teaching (CLT) and content and language integrated learning (CLIL). 

What is CLIL? 
Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) is based on the idea of ‘using language to learn, learning to use language’. This means students learn language while learning about other subjects, for example history, science and geography. 

What is TBL?
Task-based learning (TBL) puts an emphasis on task completion, with freedom to use any suitable language. Very often, tasks will have some real-world connection (for example, solving problems or making comparisons) and students have a chance to repeat tasks in order to make improvements and to have better opportunities for reflection.

What is CLT?
Communicative language teaching (CLT) focuses on interaction and fluency. There is a high level of personalisation and a focus on using authentic, real-life texts. 

Flexible and Up-to-Date Materials

Primary Plus materials consist of ‘magazines’ which are short textbooks that have been created, tested and refined by the British Council globally. This makes them much more up-to-date than regular text books and offers more flexibility in learning. Magazines are supplemented by additional worksheets, some of which are tailor made by teachers based on the students’ immediate requirements.

In classes, children will have opportunities to use various digital tools like tablets, computers and interactive white boards. We think that developing confidence in using technology helps our students become better at communicating, solving problems and expressing creativity. 

Connecting Culture: Friends from around the world!

British Council’s global network will enable your child to communicate with other children from around the world! During the course, we will hold an online conversation with children who study Primary Plus in other countries and regions that brings inspiration and nurtures children’s wider perspective. 

Learning Hub: Interactive Guided Learning

For children in Primary Plus 3 - 6, the teacher will set fun activities, games and quizzes to do online at home to prepare for their next class and build reading, listening and vocabulary skills. This will help your child feel confident and make more time to communicate with teacher and classmates, practice grammar in class. 
For children in Primary Plus 1 & 2 and Starter 1 & 2, interactive activities, videos and games will help them continue learning and practising their language skills at home.

More Students and Parents activities

Throughout the year, we will run various events for children and parents that includes the Global Young Learners Art Competition, Cultural festivals and a Speech Contest. Also, each semester we will run a workshop for parents. Topics may include talking to your child about his or her learning, using materials at home, developing literacy, how to supplement learning and how to effectively help with homework. Teachers can also provide guidance on how to use additional online resources including the Learn English Kids and other British Council websites and apps.

A Sense of Progress

  • Self-assessment

At the end of each lesson, children will reflect on what they have learned and what they wish to improve through self-assessment upon completion of each lesson. This will encourage children to be more aware of their own learning. 

  • Feedback from teachers

Children’s progress is monitored by the teacher in each lesson as part of an ongoing assessment measurement tool. Children’s performance in four key skill areas is assessed (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and performance in other non-linguistic areas including teamwork, task completion, and behaviour. 

As well as receiving feedback every lesson, at the end of each semester each child and parent will receive a progress report. Each report will have specific details on areas of good performance, and areas where improvement can be made, along with practical advice and suggestions for further development. 

  • Open classroom for parents

Finally, you will have the opportunity to see the children's progress at the end of each magazine (every 5 weeks), with an open classroom event to see their presentations and project work. 

OVERVIEW

We are offering courses at Primary Plus levels Starter to 6, with placement according to the English ability of students. Courses are for students with a range of abilities. 

Age

Children must be studying at Elementary school and aged between 6 and 12 years old.
*Please refer to ‘Progression chart’ for the CEFR levels. 

Class Style

Group lesson

Date

Term 1: Sunday 4 April 2021 - Sunday 18 July 2021  (15 weeks)*
Term 2: Sunday 5 September 2021 - Sunday 12 December 2021 (15 weeks) 
Term 3: Sunday 9 January 2022 - Sunday 13 March 2022 (10 weeks) 

*There are no lessons between 29 April 2021 and 5 May 2021.
*You can register for the course anytime, even after the term has started.

Venue

British Council (Iidabashi, Tokyo)

Levels and Times

Level Sunday Morning class Sunday Afternoon class
Primary Plus Starter 1 09:00-12:00  
Primary Plus Starter 2   13:30-16:30
Primary Plus 1 09:00-12:00 13:30-16:30
Primary Plus 2 09:00-12:00  
Primary Plus 3 09:00-12:00 13:30-16:30
Primary Plus 4 09:00-12:00 13:30-16:30
Primary Plus 5   13:30-16:30

*Three-hour lesson includes 15 minute break. 
*Please be aware this timetable is subject to change. Dates and times may be altered and there may be class cancellations or additional classes added. 

[Study Support]
We offer face-to-face Study Support every week. This is designed to allow students who are sick or have a school event to be able to catch up on missed work. 

Course Fee

Term 1 (45 hours) : 193,050 yen (incl tax)
Term 2 (45 hours) : 193,050 yen (incl tax)
Term 3 (30 hours): 128,700 yen (incl tax)

*4,290 yen (incl tax) per hour
*Materials are included. No registration fee required. 

Find out more – Three steps to register

  1. Book a Free Consultation
    Choose a suitable date and time and book a free online consultation from the booking form
  2. Free Placement test
    Take our free placement test (online writing test) before the consultation day. 
  3. Your Consultation (30-40 minutes) 
    Please discuss your child’s learning needs with our professional consultants. We will recommend a level that suits your child due to the results of online placement test and supervision by our teachers. * The child must be accompanied by parent or guardian for the consultation. 

The health, safety and well-being of all our staff and customers is our top priority.
You can be assured that we have put in place measures in line with government guidelines to keep you and your child safe when you visit our centres. In the event of a second wave of Covid-19, we may have to close our centres again. We have the systems in place so that your child’s learning experience will continue online with minimal disruption for them. 
Safety measure for our onsite English courses

Safety and Supervision
We regard all students below the age of 18 as children, according to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989. We take our responsibilities towards the children in our care very seriously and we endeavour to make the British Council as safe as possible. 

Since our Teaching Centre is located in a public building, parents or guardians should stay with their child until either the class teacher or designated teaching assistant arrives in the classroom. 

As we are unable to supervise any children outside class time, we ask parents to ensure that students are dropped off and collected on time before and after classes. 

British Council regulations mean that no primary plus student can leave the building unaccompanied after class. Children must be collected by a parent or nominated guardian. We cannot make any exceptions to this rule. 

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