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Let’s Think in English

16 February 2017

Just before the Tet holiday, Teachers at APP, APS and TX attended training delivered by Michael Walsh from King’s College, London. 

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The programme that they received training on is called Let’s Think in English. Based on *Cognitive Acceleration which has been around for over 30 years, the stimulating lessons are designed to develop children’s confidence in communication, collaboration and reasoning.

Research in Let’s Think in English has proven that these highly engaging lessons help improve reasoning skills and so deepen children’s thinking processes. This enhances general intelligence and increases students’ achievement. Extensive data from research in schools over the years shows Let’s Think lessons have resulted in higher examination results for not only English but they have also had a positive impact on other school subjects. No doubt we will see its impact here too.

Currently, Let’s Think is being used in over 300 schools in the UK and internationally. At British International School, HCMC, we will be using it with students from years 5 to 9 initially. The hope is over the years to rollout Let’s Think in English to other year groups too.

Talk to your child in years 5 & 6 about his or her Let’s Think in English lessons. I am sure they will tell you how enjoyable they are and how their understanding of what they have read is improving. Over time it will also boost their writing skills.

Shaheena Pall, EAL Leader


*Cognitive acceleration describes a lesson style originally developed by Michael Shayer and Philip Adey at King's College London which is designed to promote student's thinking from "concrete" to "formal", abstract thinking.