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Bringing English to Life into 111 schools in CH - the Aunt Annie way

Third graders in the village of Oberdorf, canton Nidwalden, are busily working on their English flashcards when there’s a knock at the door.

It’s a woman with a suitcase, and she seems a little confused. She says she’s looking for a Mrs So-and-so, but decides to linger when she finds that the children and their teacher can speak English.

She introduces herself as Aunt Annie, an American who is visiting Switzerland. The children’s shyness slowly turns into excitement at the novelty of having an unexpected visitor in the classroom.

“Ooohh!” they exclaim when Aunt Annie opens her suitcase to reveal a menagerie of stuffed animals. It’s time for a game. The cheerful woman has the children sit in a circle and asks one to close his eyes.

Immersion learning

In fact there are eight “Aunt Annies” circulating around German-speaking Switzerland; four are American, two are Canadian and two are British. All are native English speakers who have experienced the challenges of learning a second language.

Typically, the first visit takes place in the third grade. Aunt Annie drops in three times per year for up to four years, so there is plenty of time to develop a relationship.


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Aunt Annie is hiring native EN speakers to play the role of Aunt Annie.

URL: http://www.auntannie.ch/
( in crude EN here )





English has become part of the daily Swiss vocabulary, particularly in marketing and advertising.
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