In the UK, this is a fairly straightforward process, with there being one allocated evening and a ten – fifteen minute slot for discussion. However, through experimenting with different times, dates and formats ( an initial talk and then individual sessions / a day allocated / two nights allocated ) we have found that a week is needed to accommodate everyone !
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Mainly this is due to the fact that English Alive carries out a different system to schools in Ethiopia, with the presence of active learning, workbooks, toys and a distinct lack of copying . Although this process is explained several times during the year during parents information meetings, as the year progresses, new things crop up which parents are unsure about - such as blends in phonics, more complex mental maths, project style homework etc.
Thus a parent interview at English Alive consists of fifteen minutes explaining the process of what we are doing and ten minutes discussing how their child is coping with the process ! Although time consuming, we are pleased that parents want to know what we are doing instead of simply dismissing it as some new fangled thing - so we are always pleased to explain why and how and educate a new generation of people about what we feel education should be like.