25 years of Extended Language Programme


This school started its new history as a school with classes with Extended Language Programme at the beginning of the 90ties of the 20th century after the Velvet Revolution. There were two classes with the ELP opened in the 1990/1991 school year. In one of the classes, English was the first foreign language, while in the other, German was taught. During the time the number of these classes has risen and in the higher classes, the second foreign language has been added. In the years of 2007 and 2008, when all basic schools in the Czech Republic were creating their new curriculum, the pedagogical staff of this school created the curriculum called Co se v Mládí naučíš – What you learn in the youth (first half of the saying: What you learn in the youth, you will find useful in the old). This new curriculum is based on the former official curriculum for basic schools with extended language programme. English is still the first foreign language taught in our school, but we start to teach English earlier, in the first classes.

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During the time, not only teaching has been improved, but other language activities have been realized. In short, let’s mention video projects, organising the nation-wide competition Video Card from My Town, project days, and dramatizations in English, exchange programmes, language stays and courses in the UK, teacher courses in the UK and Ireland, cooperation with native speakers and more. Two language activities, the Pancake Race and Halloween have been eminently noticed in the public. Pupils of the school have been very successful in different language contests, as well as their follow-up study at secondary schools and universities in the Czech Republic and abroad.
The educational level of the school has risen thank to the professional staff under the twenty-five-year directorship of Ms Dagmar Nova, the former headmistress and the directorship of Mr Jaroslav Vodicka, the current headmaster of the school. The school is famous not only in the Prague 13 City District, but pupils from a larger range come to the school. Extending cooperation with international and Czech subjects often stem from the school success. Among organisations, that offered a proposal of cooperation were the Embassies of the UK and USA in the Czech Republic, IATEFL, TESOL and our teachers were invited to EFL and ESL teacher conferences. The high education level of the school has probably leaded into cooperation with the British Council in Prague. This started in co organising the Cambridge Exams for young learners and KET, PET and FCE for the older. This cooperation has been very fruitful. Now the British Council organise afternoon language courses for our pupils during the school year. British Council has also become our partner in organising the nation-wide English competition, Video Card from My Town.

Norbert Tlusty, deputy headmaster