We use the communicative approach and always adapt the teaching method to the individual learner or group.
The communicative approach is based on the following theory of how Language is acquired.
According to psycholinguists information that is
learned first goes into our short term memory storage. They believe
that is stays for up to 1 hour there which is why people believe that
they understand what they have learned during the class. If the
knowledge is not then stimulated to be used after this period it
disappears. In a communicative class the material is presented and
practiced with creative, task-based learning activities. These
activities are designed to stimulate the transference from the short
term to long term memory of the participant. This means that each
student will actively participate in their own learning by the teacher
offering activities which facilitate this transfer such as discussions,
roleplays, problem solving exercises and small
group activities. In large groups this cannot be as effective as small
groups which is why we prefer to work with small groups. The teachers
constantly encourage accuracy and pronunciation during these activities
and are trained to correct mistakes without losing the confidence of
We also believe in the natural approach to language
learning where it is through every day situations that students build
connections between concepts, vocabulary and syntax. We encourage our
students to attend courses in the country of the language they are
studying to help them with this aspect of learning where they can
realistically practice what they have learned in a real-life situation.
Our ultimate aim is that the student will achieve the intuitive level
of learning where language use is no longer a conscious act but an
intuitive one such as driving a car or swimming. Once we have mastered
the basics our body no longer thinks about what must be done to do the
activity but it does them automatically. The Communicative methodology
integrated with the best aspects of other approaches is an essential
part of our teaching philosophy.
We also take into account
what type of learner each individual student is. Some people are visual
learners, some are oral, some need diagrams or role play to really
grasp the point the teacher is trying to make. Whatever your style our
teachers are trained to recognise and ask the correct questions to
ascertain your learning style then teach accordingly. If you do not
know what type of learner you are just stop to think for a minute how
you understand things you are taught.
Do you remember people’s
names easily when you are told them? You are probably an oral learner
and will respond well to a tape course or telephone lessons.
Do you have a photographic memory? You will probably benefit from a
classroom course as you will struggle to learn if you do not have a
Do you draw diagrams to help you understand
difficult concepts? You will also benefit from a classroom based course
as you will see ideas, concepts and grammar drawn for you in a way you
There is a reason that we cannot always say on
our website which would be the best course for you, you are an
individual, we are experts at what we do, let us advise you to help you
make the right decision on you training for you.