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    METHODS OF TEACHING

    - Once upon a Time...

          ...people studied foreign languages by rote, memorising meaningless grammar rules and translating words or phrases from their native language into the new language. The student rarely learned to actually speak the language or use it in everyday life. It was usually a dull, boring and tedious process.

    Times have changed! ... and so have language learning methods!

    The Language Center starts from the premise that students want to study a language inorder to become proficient in conversation, not just to become familiar with the rules and exceptions. Our teaching methods are adjusted to meet the individual needs of the student. Spoken patterns of the language are emphasized, and oral practice is provided through realistic conversations, games, video, role-play and other stimulating activities. Some of the methods which we use to accomplish this goal include:

      1. The direct method: Classes are conducted in the target language. (Translation is not absolutely prohibited, but is used very sparingly.)

      2. The audio-Lingual Method: Students practice drills and dialogues with visual cues.

      3. Community Language Learning: With the help of a tape recorder, students create and study their own conversations.

      4. Silent Way: The focus is on the target language spoken by the students, with the teacher as a resource person.

      5. Total Physical Response: Students practice through action.

      6. Games: Students are able to play while learning pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar.

      7. Dialogue and Role Play: Students practice realistic situations.

      8. Values Clarification and Cross-Cultural Discussions: Because the students usually come from different countries, they use the target language to explore differences in their cultural attitudes and experiences. The teacher helps sensitize the students to nuances of speech and behavior that they will need to be familiar with in the new language and society.

    Additionally, there is a library/study area consisting of a variety of cassettes and supplementary books, including fiction, poetry, scientific journals and autobiographies.

    Students learn listening skills through each other, their teacher, and taped recordings of different speakers. Writing is developed through guided exercises, group writing and compositions. Beginning students learn to read by associating word and picture cues, advanced students have specialized textbooks which develop reading skills while expanding vocabulary and speed. Our library provides additional opportunities. Pronunciation is given attention through drills, tapes and personal attention.

    Materials

    1. Internationally recognized, well established course text books and supplementary materials.
    2. Interactive video support - integrated video language tapes, film library.
    3. Audio support- tape recorders, established audio exercises, songs.
    4. Visual support - pictures, cue cards, articles, magazines, reading books.

    Structures and Functions

    A fully integrated system of language structures broken down according to level requirements, needs, fluency and accuracy. Private, semi-private as well as in-situ courses can be organized on request.



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