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Active Learning of English Skills Beats Passive Learning

 

All standard methods of learning a foreign language belong to Passive Learning. Passive Learning is insufficient because it leads adult learners to think in their native language; such learners can speak in English by doing word-for-word translations. To differentiate Active Learning from Passive Learning we use a simple rule:

  1. If a learner performs one or two actions during learning – he does conscious Passive Learning. Examples: reading and listening, or watching and listening.
  2. If a learner performs three or more actions during learning – he does subconscious Active Learning. Example: simultaneously reading, listening and speaking.

Active Learning produces results much more quickly than Passive Learning since it is brain-compatible. It is subconscious and uses our brain’s propensity to seek patterns in a repeated activity so we can perform the activity with less conscious input.

The transition from traditional methods of language learning (Passive Learning) to more efficient Active Training of English Skills requires revising what we assume is involved in speaking fluent English. Both learners and teachers need to change their beliefs and recognize misconceptions, some of which are so powerful that they actually prevent learners from speaking fluent English.

We ensure Active Learning of English skills by using concurrent triple activity - reading, listening, and speaking. This method has never been used before for language learning. This method trains the learner’s mind, tongue and hearing at the same time. It requires support in the native language organized to eliminate the habit of translating incoming information into the mother tongue.

Traditional English teaching is based on conscious memorization of information. When you teach reading, listening, speaking and grammar separately – you use Passive Learning. It does not teach you how to think in English and speak fluently using intuitive grammar. Global Netizens prefer Active Learning that focuses on less lecturing; more multimedia uses, and greater collaboration with peers and instructors. This is especially important considering modern learners' short attention spans. If they are not engaged, their focus and attention will quickly shift elsewhere.

Language Bridge Technology has introduced the first Android application in the English Language Training market that is based on Active Learning of English skills to help students speak English fluently in less than a year. In Active Learning, cross-translation is turned off automatically, allowing your brain to acquire language patterns and intuitive grammar and think in English from the start.

When doing simultaneous repetition, the learners’ brain is fully engaged in a multimodal activity. As a result, the cross-translation, the innate habit of thinking in the mother tongue, turns off automatically. Learners start thinking in English from the start. The learners understand the context and are fully engaged since support in Mandarin is built into the Android application for stress-free training. Support eliminates cross-translation by showing contextual translation for ten seconds only.

The application lets learners share recorded sessions with friends or with a teacher.

Every lesson uses three types of texts:

     1.         Pre-recorded lessons on various topics and drills, which ensure training of language skills instead of memorizing vocabulary lists or grammar rules.

     2.         Lessons added by a learner or a teacher, thus making the application interactive and suited for vocational training.

     3.         Inspirational poem recorded by a native speaker, which allows learners to re-enact an understandable situation in English.

The Android application for Active Learning of English skills can be used for self-training or guided online coaching. Any text added to the application can be used for simultaneous repetition while listening to a natural-sounding robot voice. Speak in English before you have learned grammar rules or vocabulary lists. Re-experiencing familiar situations in English help you acquire intuitive grammar and language patterns.

It is easier to become fluent in English with an Active Learning application and rewarding to see much faster results. Adults may acquire fluency in English in less than twelve months, due to the synergy of the latest technology and the new pedagogy of Active Learning of English skills.

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