EEE model

EEE model

Have you ever heard about EEE model?  “EEE” is a model of sequencing activities for teaching children. It stands for “Encounter, Engage and Exploit” (Mourão and Gamboa, 2007).

It correlates with a well-known PPP model, “Presentation, Practice, Production”, but tends to be more friendly. Primary school is the best time to captivate children with English classes. As they are highly motivated by teacher’s personality, own ability to learn a new language. The EEE model suits language centres, anyway, some elements can be tailored to public schools. Learning with this model is easy and natural for kids.

Stages of the EEE model

Encounter

It’s a teacher-led step. The teacher models and scaffolds the language, listening comes before speaking. This stage activities stimulate a group physical response in chorus. Make sure your tasks involve all children as they will feel safe and be more confident in a group.

Engage

This step is teacher-led as well. It is usually a controlled practice through games to improve students’ accuracy, fluency and understanding of tasks. In the beginning children give choral responses. However, kids can slowly respond individually in the group. Learners mime or whisper the words, or say them with “mouth” but voiceless, say separate syllables.  At this stage, they are still listening more, remember the language and becoming more confident with it. Do not insist and pus