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Boosting Confidence with Let’s Think in English

Last week Junior Campus class teachers and Secondary Campus English Department attended Let’s Think in English (LTiE) training delivered by head trainer, Michael Walsh from King’s College, London. This is the third round of training Michael has done at BIS HCMC.

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The LTiE programme, formerly known as Cognitive Acceleration, has been around for over 30 years. The highly stimulating lessons are designed to develop children’s confidence in communication, collaboration, metacognition (awareness and understanding of own thought processes) and reasoning.

Research into 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 UK and international schools over the years shows Let’s Think lessons have resulted attainment not only in English but they have also had a positive impact on other school subjects. After nearly two years of using LTiE, anecdotal evidence from years 5 and 6 teachers and colleagues in Secondary English Department, shows that it is indeed having a positive impact on our students.

Students are really developing as critical, reflective learners who understand the importance of social construction when analysing and discussing texts. Mr Gavin Donnelly, Head of English, BIS Secondary

Currently, Let’s Think is being used in over 400 schools in the UK as well as a growing number of internationally schools worldwide. At BIS, we having been using LTiE lessons with students from years 5 to 9 since January 2017. Now Year 3 and 4 teachers are trained to use it in their classrooms too.

Here is what some of our teachers and students say about LTiE :

“Students are really developing as critical, reflective learners who understand the importance of social construction when analysing and discussing texts.” Mr Gavin Donnelly, Head of English, BIS Secondary

“It stretches my children’s thinking and makes them think in different ways.” Mike Martin, Head of Year 3

“The pedagogy of LTIE is transferable across the entire curriculum. It has to be difficult for children to learn.” Mr John Handscombe, Year 6 Class Teacher and Maths Co-ordinator

“They were encouraged to explore, verbalise, adapt and challenge their own thinking.” Ms Paula Phipps, Year 3 Teacher

“I find it more advanced than other lessons. It gets me thinking more.” Avaan, Year 5 Student

“The questions are sometimes tricky so it can be quite challenging but it is fun at the same time.” Ngoc, Year 6 Student

“The poem made me think a lot about the dark.” Nikita, Year 3 Student

Talk to your child 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, we are confident LTiE will also boost their writing skills.

Shaheena Pall, Let’s Think in English Co-ordinator