We are delighted to provide you with the most frequently asked questions concerning our school projects. If any other questions arise, we will gladly answer them by phone or email.

Where can I operate a language project?

 

The Native Speaker Network International Language projects can be carried out at your school (EasyTalk) or as a sports - or school excursion week, eventually class trip (EasyCamp) at one of the numerous JUFA hotels or any other accommodation of your choice. The teaching and learning contents are focused on the curriculum of the schools and on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The students at an EasyCamp project are taught and coached by our Native Speaker Network teachers during the whole period of the project.

 


The language project is interesting for me- What is the procedure?

 

We would be pleased to introduce our language projects to you and your colleagues at an expert conference. If you would like to organize your first language project we will be pleased to come to a parent's evening in order to introduce the project and to answer all questions directly. If the implementation of a language project has been decided, we require you to register. Please use an online form on our homepage for that purpose. We will send you a booking confirmation with all the details and terms of payment upon receipt of the registration.You have a possibility to collect the project amount from the students and transfer it as a total amount or you use our payment service so that the participants can pay the fee directly into our bank account. We require a list of students' names from you to control the individual payments. The further project planning (especially with EasyCamp programs) takes place in a personal conversation. We need a lead time of approx. 6 weeks for the planning.


How much does a language project cost?

 

Our language projects are significantly cheaper than a language study abroad. A 5-day EasyTalk language program is available from 105 euros per participant; short projects (3-4 days) are cheaper accordingly. In terms of a language project outside the school (EasyCamp),  we would be glad to provide you with an individual offer in a hotel or  guest house. Please contact us directly for possible sponsorship.


What is my organizational effort?

 

Your organizational effort with an EasyTalk program is very little, only to hand out the payment slips or the collection of the fee, handing in the participants' list, providing the classrooms. We organize:  arrivals and departures, accommodation and catering of our native speaker teachers as well as the entire program planning on the spot. You will inform us about your project topics, which shall be dealt with in these language projects or you leave the whole content and activities with us. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.

As far as EasyCamp program is concerned, you have only the collection of the costs. We take care of the arrivals and departures, accommodation and catering of our teachers, as well as the entire project planning.  We also organize for your group the arrivals and departures, accommodation, local entrance fees, transfer, etc.


When is the best time to carry out a language project?

 

It depends on the yearly schedule of your school, but every date is possible from our side. However, please give us always an alternative date. The execution of a short project should be planned in a week with a holiday interruption. We recommend the last holiday week for a language project if it is not possible to carry out our projects during the school year.


In which languages can I book a project week?

 

Since we have native speakers from many different countries, our language projects can be carried out in the following languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, German as a foreign language, as well as in various Eastern European languages.


What is the size of the language project group?

 

We are leading language projects with at least 10 students. The average group size is 12, the largest15 people, the number of groups depends on the total number of participants.


What is the education of the NSN teachers?

 

A Native Speaker Teacher has to have a TEFL, CELTA or any other equivalent certificate in order to be  part of the Native Speaker Network Int. team. All our teachers go through an educational and didactical preparation for the project use at Native Speaker Network Int. by parcipating in an internally developed training program. Professors from the pedagogical university support us in the training sessions. "Drama Techniques" with Egon Turecek and Bettina Stockhammer as well as neurolinguistics or the use of grammar structures in language teaching were some of the  topics in the training sessions. We carry out a training course (with different input) minimum twice a year.


Is it a must for the school teachers to be present in the lessons?

 

The school teachers do not have to be present in the classes during the project week. If there are disciplinary problems with students, presence in the class is certainly reasonable. The experience has shown us repeatedly that students are considerably more inhibited by the presence of school teachers not to make mistakes. The best way is to talk to our teachers about this issue on the first day  before the beginning of the project.

However, if leaving the school is required or desired, e.g. because of a treasure hunt, city guided tour, etc., the  company of the class teacher is required.


What has to be organized for the classes?

 

In order to ensure that our teachers are able to make and execute the lessons as well as possible, we ask for the provision and access to the following equipment: copier, PC with a printer, DVD-CD player, possibly cameras, access to the computer room. In addition, we need a free class room per group with: board, flipchart or whiteboard, paper, chalk, pens, dictionaries, as well as a staffroom for our teachers. We ask you to plan free time capacities in the gym as well as in the school kitchen for any cooking hours or various indoor activities (for example in bad weather).


From which grade is it wise to operate a language project?

 

We recommend at least one year of language classes in the selected foreign language before students' participation in our projects, for students with extensive language curriculum and lessons earlier. Other age restrictions may apply to individual themes or projects.


What is the difference between Native Speaker Network Int. and other organizations?

  • The Native Speaker Network Int. has been certified by LQW and meets the quality criteria of LQW Art set.
  • We are the only provider that enables to carry out "parallel language projects at schools" in different languages.
  • All the Native Speaker Network Int. teachers have a completed language teacher training and attend regular internal training events.
  • We do not employ any students or people who have not completed a training during a project week first.
  • The Native Speaker Network Int. does not require a compulsory membership in an association in order to be able to participate in a language project week.
  • The short lead times to register a project (4-6 weeks).
  • The Native Speaker Network Int. offers not only language projects at schools (EasyTalk) but also language projects in connection with sports weeks, class trips, school excursion weeks etc. (EasyCamp).