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I am hoping to keep up with my kids English language education as they been studying in English upto G3. Currently they are following the normal education system in Dutch and doing great. However, I dot not want them to fall behind in their main langauge and would like to know your ideas/suggestions where I could enrol for formal English Exams and obtain necessary text books/resources for G4, G1 students. thank you so much.

paradox

Usually the question flows in the other direction...suggestion: don't home school in Belgium...unless you are doing it for Religious reasons or because your children don't fit in with other children. You say that English is their "main language"....but that you are homeschooling them. Something here doesn't quite make any sense to me at all. They are being homeschooled in Dutch?? If so, stop and arrange a bilingual homeschool "situation" with like-minded parents. Additionally, you've not given ANY comprehensive information about your situation, what ages are the children, why are they here, how long will they be here ? etc etc etc

Mar 8, 2019 16:55
anon

The most obvious place to go for advice on English language lessons, resources and exams is the British Council.

https://www.britishcouncil.be/

Mar 8, 2019 17:06
shortof

The British Council neither sponsor nor guide on English lessons for British children or anglophone children in Belgium.

No idea what G4 or G1 are as they are not the names of Flemish school year groups.

If you live in Belgium, your children can take IGSCEs and A levels at any UK exam board centre such as ACE in Auderghem or ISF Waterloo in Rhode-Saint-Genese.

Mar 8, 2019 20:47
wezembeekwanderer

Hi Christine. I think you have confused everyone here. What nationality are you? What is your language at home? It sounds as if the kids started their education in English and that you are now living here and that they are at a local Dutch school? Will they do all their education here? What age are they?
Dutch schools are very good and judging by the quality of most Flemish people’s English, keep them there. If you want to keep their English going well, encourage them to read English books, watch English TV, there are plenty of Dutch channels showing English programs and BBC 1 and 2 on Telenet. If you live around Brussels, there are English scout groups, football clubs, theatre groups etc. Consider sending them on one of the many summer camps in the UK.
The link you have been given for the British Council does give advice on learning English. If you call them, you will probably get friendly answers or advice.
I hope this helps.

Mar 9, 2019 00:15
shortof

Are you actually in Netherlands, as the school classes are known as "Groep 1" and "Groep 2" etc?

If you are in the Netherlands, there is a sub group of Amsterdam Mamas, the major anglophone chat group in the Netherlands, the education sub group is called "Dutch Education Group (from Amsterdam Mamas)".

https://www.facebook.com/groups/dutcheducationgroup/?ref=br_rs&fb_dtsg_a...

Mar 9, 2019 09:42
anon

From their own website:
"People from all over the world learn English with the British Council. In Belgium we do not offer face-to-face teaching, but we have a wide range of free online resources to help you learn."

It's not clear what ages the children are, but the British Council has resources covering all ages from quite small / through teenage / to adult. It is a great place to start if you are looking for general free resources and guidance for English Language learning.

https://www.britishcouncil.org/english
http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/
http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/
http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/parents

Mar 9, 2019 10:20
J

What's G3?
We need to know what language(s) you speak at home and to what standard.
Very few newly university educated Belgians do not speak reasonable English - what's the rush?

Mar 10, 2019 13:14
efisher

I also choose Britishcouncil for my child. As for me, it is the best English school

May 28, 2019 14:44
shortof

Britishcouncil is not a language school!

Jun 6, 2019 10:29