"YOU LIVE A NEW LIFE FOR EVERY NEW LANGUAGE YOU SPEAK. IF YOU KNOW ONLY ONE LANGUAGE, YOU LIVE ONLY ONCE."

The method I use

Language learning can only really be successful when the teacher is truly competent in his/her work, has a deep sense of responsibility and follows a student-centric approach. Equally important is the student’s willingness to learn.

 

As a linguist and as a tutor, over the years I developed a successful technique which is essentially based on the following principles:

 

  • The primary goal for the teacher is to help the student “fly solo”, in other words to help him/her stand on their feet with the necessary confidence when they have to sustain a real-life conversation in the target language. This is done by helping the student to devise their own personal learning method and by providing the cultural background of the country.

 

  • Every class is an opportunity to immerse the student into the target language, which is the most effective way to learn since this is how we learnt our own language when we were babies. This is the reason why I tend to hold a language class in the target language as soon as possible, ie. as soon as the student starts to understand some basic concepts.

 

  • Although being fluent is clearly the main goal and conversation is encouraged in many ways, the lessons will also focus on the nuts and bolts with which any language is made, that is the grammatical structure. With it students will not only be able to understand the target language but they will also be able to reply correctly and to hold a real-life conversation, something that does not happen naturally when learning a language from a CD.

 

  • Being able to devise a personal method does not mean that homework will not be given. Homework is necessary to revise and consolidate what has been learnt during the lesson. A language is essentially learnt with repetition, that is why it is extremely important that homework is done at home between lessons to get the maximum benefit. It is also useful for the teacher to assess what has been truly retained and what needs to be revised together in order to make learning more effective.

 

  • Last but not least, in my language classes I use the latest practical psychology techniques from the field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), in order to make learning easier, more effective and fun, to enhance confidence, increase motivation and enthusiasm in the student and make the overall experience more pleasant.

 

Links:

http://blog.owenfitzpatrick.com/brilliant-teaching/