Wordplay's Pathways to Success

Wordplay English Language Center exists to equip students with the English literacy and communication skills they need to become fully-independent and in complete control of their academic and professional futures.

To make this vision a reality, Wordplay has established a step-by-step pathway to success. When children reach the end of the pathway at Wordplay, they will be prepared to take the TOEFL Primary test, pass local English entrance exams, get into the school of their choice, or study abroad. Here are Wordplay’s two pathways to success explained:

This image shows Wordplay's Pathway to Success for young children four to five-years-old.
This image shows Wordplay's pathway to success for children starting at seven-years-old

Young Children Studying English

At Wordplay, young children study English once they turn four-years-old. Four to six-year-olds start in Wordplay’s Little Phonics program. Children who are seven-years-old or older begin in Wordplay’s 3-Month Jolly Phonics Program.

Wordplay’s Little Phonics Program

This program teaches English for young children, the English alphabet for children, English letter sounds, and English pronunciation. When the children have learned how to confidently study English with a foreigner, maintain good behavior, and speak English confidently, they will be invited to study Jolly Phonics in Wordplay’s 6-month phonics program.

Wordplay’s 6-Month Jolly Phonics Program

In Wordplay’s 6-month phonics program, children study Jolly Phonics for 48 lessons. Each lesson, children learn one new sound, action, story, and song. By the end of the program, children are reading like a native English speaker, and they are ready to learn to read English books for the first time.

Wordplay’s 3-Month Jolly Phonics Program

In Wordplay’s 3-month phonics program, children study Jolly Phonics for 24 lessons. Each lesson, children learn three new sounds, actions, stories, and songs. By the end of the program, children are reading like a native English speaker, and they are ready to learn to read English books for the first time.

Wordplay’s Young Readers 8-Month Reading Program

Once children complete their 6-Month Jolly Phonics program, they will begin learning how to read and learning reading comprehension. They will take all of the reading skills they learned in Jolly Phonics and apply them to reading sentences and reading books. Furthermore, they will develop the skills necessary to answer who, what, where, when, why, and how questions.

In Wordplay’s Young Readers 8-Month Reading Program, children will read fun, relevant storybooks that incorporate Jolly Phonics’ best practices. Each book has a theme, key phonics sounds it focuses on, a list of vocabulary words, and tricky words. The books are both highly structured and interesting for young children.

After learning how to read simple books for five months, the children will move on to a higher-level set of books focusing on a specific vowel (short vowel sounds: a, e, i, o, u; long vowel sounds: ai, ee, ie, oa, ue), including many tricky words, and a vocabulary list on the back cover. The books are both highly structured and interesting for young children.

Wordplay’s Ready Readers 3-Month Reading Program

Once students complete their 3-Month Jolly Phonics program, they will begin learning how to read and learning reading comprehension. They will take all of the reading skills they learned in Jolly Phonics and apply them to reading sentences and reading books. Furthermore, they will develop the skills necessary to answer who, what, where, when, why, and how questions.

In Wordplay’s Young Readers 3-Month Reading Program, children will read fun, relevant storybooks that incorporate Jolly Phonics’ best practices. Each book focuses on a specific vowel (short vowel sounds: a, e, i, o, u; long vowel sounds: ai, ee, ie, oa, ue), includes many tricky words, and has a vocabulary list on the back cover. The books are both highly structured and interesting for young children.

Wordplay’s 6-Month Writing Program: Level One

After completing Wordplay’s Jolly Phonics program and our reading program, children will begin learning how to write. They will learn new vocabulary. Vietnamese teaching assistants will explain detailed grammar points. The children will learn how to organize their writing by creating mind maps. Every two lessons in the book, children will submit two writing assignments that focus on the correct use of vocabulary, neat handwriting, correct grammar & spelling, and a picture that tells the story of their writing.

Wordplay’s 6-Month Speaking Program

Wordplay’s 6-month speaking program, titled “Every Day English”, was created with survival English in mind. Each of the eight topics is relevant to the everyday lives of young children. Topics include: what to do when you are lost, what to do when you are hurt, time management, weather, money, food, talking on the phone, and school.

Wordplay’s 6-Month Writing Program: Level Two

Building on the foundational writing skills learned in level one, children will continue to add to their vocabulary, learn more English grammar from their Vietnamese teaching assistant, and write more detailed stories. In level two, writing will be longer and more developed.

Wordplay’s 6-Month STEM Program

To help children develop critical thinking & logical thinking skills, problem-solving skills, and teamwork, Wordplay has developed a unique STEM program. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. A STEM program is not just a program that teaches two or more of those subjects. A real STEM program teaches children how all about engineering design principles. Children then use these principles with skills in Science, Technology, & Mathematics to design things that solve real-world problems. In Wordplay’s 6-Month STEM program, students will learn how to work together and use problem-solving skills. They will also learn new English vocabulary from the sciences.

Wordplay’s 6-Month Writing Program: Level Three

Level three of Wordplay’s 6-Month writing program is the final step on children’s pathways before they begin preparing for their TOEFL Primary test. In level three, children will learn advanced vocabulary & grammar, and their writing will be much more developed. Children willl write longer sentences full descriptive vocabulary words and far fewer grammar mistakes along the way. Upon completing this course, students will show they have a strong foundation of writing skills and that they are ready for more advanced studies focused on accomplishing some of their biggest goals in education.

Wordplay’s 6-Month TOEFL Primary Program

Developed by American licensed teacher Keith Tacey, Wordplay’s 6-Month TOEFL Primary Program is focused on helping children prepare to take the TOEFL Primary test here in Vietnam. Students who score highly on the TOEFL Primary test have a much better chance of getting into the school of their choice. Often, this comes with scholarships to reduce the overall cost of tuition for families. There is a lot of pressure on children to do well on the TOEFL Primary test, and no one understands that more than the teachers at Wordplay. Students and teachers will work together to improve English academic skills, while at the same time teaching specific skills needed to do well on standardized testing. The course will include mini-tests, morphology, sentence diagramming, advanced note-taking, reading comprehension, listening comprehension, and speaking. Students will take practice tests throughout the course to gauge their current progress and learn what they need to improve on to be ready for testing day. At the end of Wordplay’s 6-Month TOEFL Primary Program, children will have all of the skills necessary to get a score they can confidently be proud of.

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