Frequently Asked Questions
Browse through these FAQs to find answers to commonly raised questions. If you don’t find an answer, please reach out by filling out the contact form.
Why is an investment in English so important?
As the world’s bridge language, English has always been important. With the world becoming more interconnected, there are both more opportunities and more competition for the next generation. We are convinced that those who receive the gift of communicative English will have every opportunity to succeed.
Who benefits from GrapeSEED?
GrapeSEED delivers benefits to multiple stakeholders, including parents, teachers, school owners, and political leaders. However, the greatest benefit is to children. By acquiring communicative English skills, children gain something special that can never be taken from them, that opens opportunities to them, and that equips them to be successful for the rest of their lives.
Who is GrapeSEED?
Our team is passionate about transforming the lives of children by empowering them with excellent English oral language instruction and skills. We have a long history of equipping children for a lifetime of success in the language, and we have been privileged to see the results first-hand with thousands of children around the world.
What is GrapeSEED?
GrapeSEED is a uniquely fun and engaging oral English acquisition curriculum that provides a bridge to reading and writing skills. Entirely unlike any other curriculum, GrapeSEED delivers life-changing benefits to children.
How can GrapeSEED be so bold in making claims of success?
GrapeSEED is based on decades of expertise in the field of teaching and careful examination of other competing English language programs. After years of teaching English, we chose to develop our own curriculum, one that is exceptionally efficient and uniquely effective in moving a child to proficiency in English. We see the results daily in GrapeSEED schools around the world with children running up to us, confident and eager to engage with us in English.
Does GrapeSEED teach grammar?
Yes, GrapeSEED teaches grammar in a way that helps students learn it without having to memorize rules. Through GrapeSEED’s natural approach to language learning, students learn to deduce grammar through context rather than direct instruction, just as they learn grammar in their native language by following their parents’ modeling and repetition. Research shows that this approach helps avoid the stress associated with traditional grammar instruction, providing students with a positive learning experience that contributes to further growth and motivation.
Why is GrapeSEED so effective?
The GrapeSEED learning experience is engineered for success. First-time observers of a GrapeSEED classroom regularly comment on the extraordinary level of student engagement. Obstacles to learning are minimized, and the entire environment is geared to successful language acquisition.
What is the “secret sauce” in GrapeSEED?
With GrapeSEED, children are immersed in a language-rich, multi-sensory environment that is facilitated by nurturing teachers. Due to this fun and immersive environment, children subconsciously begin to comprehend the language, without the stress and anxiety of a rules-based approach. Soon, students have built a foundation for future language skills and are speaking in English, giving them the confidence to progress even more.
What is LittleSEED?
Part of the GrapeSEED family, LittleSEED provides a first exposure to English for three-year-old (36-48 months) children. The program gives students an advantage in learning English by introducing them to the most important sounds, vocabulary, and communicative expressions.
Why did GrapeSEED decide to add LittleSEED to the family?
For some time, many of our customer schools had been asking for a program to teach children who were too young to enroll in GrapeSEED. Our team of experts decided to address this issue by creating a curriculum specifically aimed at three-year-old children and their unique developmental needs. With LittleSEED, families and schools have the option to participate in a program that serves as an ideal foundation for acquiring English language skills.
How does LittleSEED prepare children for GrapeSEED?
The purpose of LittleSEED is to introduce the 32 most common sounds of the English language to younger learners in an engaging, age-appropriate manner. Each sound has its own colorful, unique character, and each of these characters has their own song, making LittleSEED an exciting and memorable experience for children. With so much music and fun, LittleSEED is the perfect lead-in to GrapeSEED for those interested in joining.
What is the research basis of GrapeSEED?
GrapeSEED is grounded in research on multiple levels, including its: language acquisition theory; instructional components; instructional strategies; implementation model; and, finally, the use of psychological, cognitive, and neuroscience research.
How do I get GrapeSEED for my child?
GrapeSEED is licensed to schools in select countries. As a parent interested in GrapeSEED, we encourage you to find a GrapeSEED school or ask your school to contact GrapeSEED for information on how to join.
How do I know if my school is a good fit for GrapeSEED?
As we assess potential school partners, we look for a certain passion, vision, and mindset that will typically include: a willingness from school management to continue to learn, a commitment to fidelity of implementation, and a desire to see students having fun as they learn. In our experience, this combination of factors has proven to be fertile ground for success for all involved.
What is the role of the teacher in GrapeSEED?
Our teachers are the gateway to student success. We choose to invest in our teachers with our in-depth support and training because we know that one teacher can impact thousands of students. By taking the time to make sure teachers are fully supported and know how to teach GrapeSEED, we are ensuring that students are receiving the type of quality education they deserve.
How does GrapeSEED equip teachers?
GrapeSEED provides comprehensive materials such as Teacher Manuals and Lesson Plans to ensure that our teachers are fully prepared for their GrapeSEED journey. For training and implementation support, GrapeSEED’s Instructional Coaches work with teachers and schools to ensure proven efficacy and maximum results in the classroom. Implementation support options may include coaching, co-teaching, and professional learning sessions. Teachers also have unlimited access to a comprehensive video library and online courses focused on implementing the GrapeSEED curriculum effectively.
How does GrapeSEED correlate with other school programs?
GrapeSEED is not designed to correlate with any specific school programs as we serve students in many countries. GrapeSEED is designed to provide the highest level of oral English language acquisition with an emphasis on communication.
What standards is GrapeSEED aligned with?
GrapeSEED is aligned with both the ELPA21 (English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century) and CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) standards. Additionally, we are currently engaged in a research project to see how we align with the Cambridge Assessment.
Why is implementation with integrity so important?
GrapeSEED is serious about implementation because we care about results. Long-running experience in multiple countries proves GrapeSEED is uniquely effective when it is implemented as designed. For our schools, teachers, and students to be successful, we believe that the fidelity of implementation is essential in producing results.
Why is GrapeSEED always changing?
We are committed to always improving GrapeSEED. We are continuously monitoring our classrooms, listening to feedback, and participating in educational research. This results in ongoing improvements to our curriculum. After thorough development and testing, we make these improvements available to our user base.
How does GrapeSEED incorporate technology?
GrapeSEED is a complex ecosystem of elements that combine for success. Technology is an important part of that ecosystem and is used to support schools, teachers, parents, and students in various ways.