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  Hello, I am Mr. Moon. What do we Koreans in general have in common? That is the ¡°fear of English.¡± Except for few of us who love English or make a living out of it, English has been a source of fear and torment for many of us. This nationally shared phobia of English is ironically derived from the psychological scars that were left in us from the day we started to learn English as children. Our English grammar and pronunciation faced constant criticism from our teachers and fellow students. Traumatized by the experience, we shudder even at the sound of ¡°E¡± for English. Naturally, this led to poor academic performance which made us hate the language even more.
 
  We are all a victim of this chain of pain and trauma inflicted by English.
I have been constantly enwrapped in the doubt: ¡°Are we passing down this curse to our children in the name of early English education?¡± Then my qualm ignited a desire to make English a source of joy, brightness and glee for our children so that they can succeed in their life long ¡°English Marathon¡±. I reached a firm decision to develop a new English kindergarten program. I wanted to create a model ¡°English education that doesn¡¯t scar¡± for all to follow. Although the goal appears to be passive on the surface, it is paired with a dynamic teaching method that the world has never seen before. It is to teach young children ¡®Sensory Words¡¯. Most Koreans know the vocabulary "break" and "destroy", but most of us are not too familiar with sensory words such as "smash", "bust", and "shatter". Moreover, these words are classified words for rather advanced English learners.
 
  These sensory words are what directly express the understanding and perception of the world grasped through various active activities that involve stimulation of both the right and left brain. Moreover, the words "smash", "bust", and "shatter" express what is immediately felt by human senses and they become the foundation for more conceptual words like: "break" and "destroy". When learning a language, sensory words should be acquired prior to learning the conceptual words, but in our attempts to learn English, we tend to jump straight into learning the conceptual words before setting the foundation.
 
  Through age appropriate activities that aide brain development, children not only know the words, but they also sense the words. From this strong foundation of English language, children start building their vocabularies by learning conceptual words: "break" or "destroy". The futile attempt to build language skills on a pile of dry sand must be put to a stop.
 
  Mr. Moon¡¯s iSPONGE ENGLISH program teaches 120 primary sensory words and expressions for children to build and expand their English skills. Of course, our definition of teaching does not entail sitting them behind desk. Our sense of teaching is all about involving children into a variety of active activities in which they learn real and live expressions that young native speakers learn. To sum up, Mr. Moon¡¯s iSPONGE ENGLISH has two callings: ¡°English learning experience without pain¡± and ¡°Building the foundation with sensory words¡±. Mr. Moon¡¯s English will be laying beautiful bricks one by one, to build a strong platform for our little Koreans to stand on and step into the world as true global leaders.
 
 
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