Our Academy

The wave in our logo symbolizes timeless joy and global understanding through language learning. It is a symbol for accomplishing that which may seem impossible but NSEA will teach you how to find the miracle of joyful living and global understanding through learning English and communicating with friends from all over the world, either face-to-face or in Cyber space.

The Netherlands

Welcome to the gateway to Europe. The Netherlands, also known as Holland, is a small and densely populated country in Western Europe. The landscape is very flat and you can’t go anywhere without seeing water. The North Sea is located to the northwestern side of The Netherlands, and there are canals running through cities and the countryside. Everything here is small: the houses, the roads, the cars, the stores, everything but the people. Dutch people are, on average, the tallest in the world. Dutch people tend to be very open and direct. In Dutch culture, hierarchy is almost non-existent: the Dutch tend to treat and view each other as equals. Popular tourist cities include Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam, and Utrecht.

Foreign Language Immersion

Modeled after the innovative French immersion programs developed in Canada in the 1960s, foreign language immersion programs are designed to enrich the education of non-native-English-speaking students by teaching all classes in a second language. The goal is for students to become proficient in the second language and develop increased cultural awareness while reaching a high level of academic achievement.

Our Teaching Philosophy

Our teaching methodology, which informs both the instruction techniques and the teaching materials, is based on Structured English Immersion (SEI). This method was developed by Keith Baker and Adriana De Kanter and has been defined as a methodology in which English language learners (ELLs) learn English fast through structured and sequential lessons. Specially developed for ELLs, these lessons are based, to a large degree, on the authentic language used in the everyday communication and the mainstream curricula.[1]

SEI is the mandatory method of teaching ESL in some states of the US like California, Arizona and Massachusetts, where voter initiatives opted to restrict the use of bilingual education in preference for SEI.

The mandate of Fun English textbooks is that teachers  implement SEI models as follows:

  • Significant amounts of the school day are dedicated to the explicit teaching of the English language, and students are grouped for this instruction according to their level of English proficiency.
  • “The English language is the main content of SEI instruction. Academic content plays a supporting, but subordinate, role.”
  • “English is the language of instruction; students and teachers are expected to listen, speak, read, and write in English.”
  • “Teachers use instructional methods that treat English as a foreign language.”[2]
  • “Students learn and practise discrete English grammar skills.”
  • “Rigorous time lines are established for student assessment to exit from the program.”

[1] (Haver, Johanna J., Structured English Immersion, Corwin Press, 2002)

[2] ESL and EFL teaching approaches are very different. For more information see https://oupeltglobalblog.com/2011/07/12/how-esl-and-efl-classrooms-differ/

Fun English textbooks

What is Fun English?

Fun English a set of books which uses lively, engaging content to teach English to speakers of other languages. Lessons are built around learning activities that expect the learner to participate actively in class. So, Fun English helps students ”EXPERIENCE” learning English, not learn “ABOUT” English or memorize words and rules.  It takes the student at the present level of knowledge and adds enough difficulty to challenge but not overwhelm the student.  Also, Fun English books help students enjoy what they are doing because the teacher (or adult), who teaches them will give enough support at the beginning to build the skills and then “back off” (not help anymore) and let the students perform the tasks independently.

Main Characteristics of Fun English Books

The main characteristic of Fun English is that it connects English language structure and vocabulary to everyday situations and gives the learners a reason to speak and use the new vocabulary to express their thoughts. Fun English books are based on language proficiency level not the age of the learner. Each higher level book “recycles” the language learned in the previous book and adds enough new information to challenge the learner.

Each lesson contains pre- reading activity, an introduction to the new vocabulary, followed by a story, usually in the form of a play between a teacher and her students, and an illustration of the relevant grammar topics. Different engaging features accompany each lesson, accommodating each student from the first steps of English language learning to preparation for standardized tests. The books teach interesting topics, while reinforcing the fundamental concepts taught in the lesson, and continually broadening the English language proficiency and cultural knowledge.

What makes Fun English books different?

Fun English brings together the best of language-learning pedagogy and the most innovative interactive media. At the core of this approach is the recognition of the needs of the language learner. Sensitive to the importance of hand-s on experience and contextualized language and content for the new learner, Fun English builds its lessons in the familiar exchanges of an often-amusing interpersonal relationship between English teachers (Miss Lovely, Mr. Knowitall, and Dr. Alba) that reflects everyday situations. It, also, incorporates idiomatic phrases and cultural knowledge through interesting dialogues between endearing characters that model social debate and demonstrate appropriate use of language, enhancing meaning by tapping into the universal appeal of humour.

Different exercises, such as completing the sentences, finishing letter and crossword puzzles, unscrambling words, writing sentences, drawing, and others are provided for each lesson to ensure and test the students’ knowledge. Easy to understand and learn from, Fun English Books are interactive and every parent or teacher can use as a resource tool in helping or teaching their children English.