Class Size: 15
Favourite Activities: Singing, dancing, listening to stories
Fun Fact: Our Butterflies are perfectly mimicking the accents of their native speaking Teachers
Our youngest class learn in an interactive preschool setting: they learn inside and outside, on the floor, at desks, singing, dancing, listening to stories and exploring... the whole world is literally their classroom! They are quick learners and have already begun to use English spontaneously among themselves thanks to the English-only environment created by their teachers. Their favourite topics include animals and transport, with all the added sound effects of course!
Class Size: 20
Level: Higher Introductory
Favourite Activities: Group work, games and crafts
Fun Fact: When singing our Parrots turn into real super stars!
Our lovely little Parrots are a thoughtful class; they will take their time to produce work exactly to their liking. Although they don't like making mistakes, they are starting to develop a growth mindset and seeing the potential in initial challenges. They are constantly improving their writing and expanding their vocabulary from individual words to small phrases. Sometimes the Parrots take their name a bit too literally as they are very good at repeating their teachers' English!
Class Size: 18
Favourite Activities: Drama, music and educational games preferably with a lot of running
Fun Fact: Like real Pandas, these kids are simply adorable
Our Pandas started the year with hardly any prior knowledge of English, but have quickly advanced to using simple sentence structures! They win over every teacher’s heart, with their infectious enthusiasm to learn and desire to impress, which includes perfect attendance and awesome behaviour. This class uses a wide variety of activities involving not only music but drawing, crafts and performing in front of the other kids and parents.
Class Size: 10
Favourite Activities: Games and presentations
Fun Fact: They love pretending to be talkshow hosts and interview their favourite teachers
Our newest class focuses on a group of older children who are just starting on their journey with the English language. Just like their namesake these children have a fiery passion for learning which always keeps the teacher on their toes. They love active lessons, sharing and playing games all revolving around English. Our Tigers are really curious about new cultures and love to share what they think and like. Quick and eager to learn with questions and laughs in equal measure flying around - these guys are all about having fun.
Class Size: 18
Favourite Activities: Active lessons to channel their energy
Fun Fact: Due to their lessons on world geography our Koalas can pinpoint all of the home countries of our volunteers
The Koala classroom is always abuzz with activity. But don’t be fooled... all the talk and movement is the sign of a class of quick learners enjoying their active lessons and sharing their work with one another. This class likes learning about real world contexts and, due to their outgoing personalities, love the opportunity to present their projects to the other children. They are often creative with their resources and always appreciate a good joke!
Class Size: 12
Level: Higher Beginner
Favourite Activities: Making bracelets and pottery
Fun Fact: They love choosing nicknames for their teachers like "Teacher Pizza"
The Monkeys are our grammar champions at school. They can quickly pick up new grammar structures and apply them when working on complementary skills such as presenting and writing. Having been with HOOP for various years, these kids have developed great friendships and excel at group work projects. They are always trying to include all team members and thus split up different roles according to their individual strengths.
Class Size: 6
Favourite Activities: Games, games, games
Fun Fact: They created their own version of Monopoly called "MonoFood"
Unlike their namesake, our Manatees can be a talkative bunch. Best to channel that natural desire into activities that involve lots of dialogue, which they can transfer into their reading and writing. With a clear competitive streak, they are fond of games – especially ones where they can beat the teacher! Our Manatees definitely demonstrate a thirst for learning. They enjoy improving their grammar skills and being introduced to new topics such as planets, food and history.
Class Size: 7
Favourite Activities: Topic discussions
Fun Fact: They love learning about the different cultures from around the world
Our oldest and most advanced class, the Kangaroos can appear serious at first but quickly open up once they know you. All teenagers, our Kangaroos like to consider the real issues that affect them, from their plans for the future to climate change and what can be done to prevent it. Their social awareness allows for interesting class discussions in which they can apply all of their English knowledge from grammar structures to different tenses and vocabulary. They particularly enjoyed using this knowledge to get to know their pen pals in the UK.