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Frequently Asked Questions
Where did GrapeSEED come from?
In 2005, MeySen’s leadership concluded there were serious flaws in the way that early childhood ESL was taught. To fix it, MeySen decided that the philosophy, the approach, and the program had to be fundamentally changed. They invested years of research working with education experts around the world to review the current academic program and develop GrapeSEED. An assessment was prepared, identifying MeySen’s academic needs and proposed solutions to solve every problem.
This assessment was expanded into a proposal for developing a new program in what MeySen leadership envisioned as the ideal approach – a functional-notional approach for early childhood ESL. The leadership of MeySen was willing to lay aside their forty years of investment in ESL to do what was best for their children – and for yours!
What does GrapeSEED mean?
How much does the GrapeSEED program cost?
What is involved in the teacher training?
What are the take-home materials?
Is the program available to individuals?
Can GrapeSEED be taught by non-native individuals?
Children learn best from a native speaker, but we recognize this is not always possible. When the teacher is not a native speaker, the Extended English Environment materials play an especially important role, since all of the CDs and DVDs feature native English speakers.