How does it work
Trainers must ensure that they offer opportunities for all students to participate in class. In each class there is a wide variety of techniques and activities. Trainers are free to select different combinations within each sage in order to ensure that lessons have variety and are motivating. Rotations of different teaching techniques will be used within each of the groups/minigroups/ intensive courses, so that the student can adapt and learn from different accents, teaching styles...
The overall amount of time spent may vary according to the topic, vocabulary or structure. Generally the presentation stage must be as brief as possible. It should not last longer than it takes to clarify meaning and establish accurate pronunciation and intonation. The practice stage is likely to be the most lengthy. And finally, all students should have the opportunity to experience the production stage.
Within the program there are built-in opportunities for reviewing and recycling vocabulary and structures. However, trainers should also offer every opportunity for students to use the language they have encountered previously.
As it can be imagined, a specific teaching material must be associated to the method to reach the maximum effectiveness. When we give a "non-inlingua" book to one one of our trained teachers, used to work with the inlingua-method norms, we often realize that they have problems using it in class. Why? Because books not published by Inlingua are not always compatible with our method. Our material fits our needs exactly. Inlingua material is optimized to be used with the inlingua® method.
Specifically, the material is linked with our method because:
• It is monolingual.
• Follows a sequenced distribution of contents, so that each learning session is based on previously learned material.
• Structure, vocabulary, functions and subjects (topics) are combined so that real communication is aimed at, so that the students enjoy learning and the trainers can actively work with this material.
• The main focus is on the oral communication (listening and speaking), although there is also plenty of material to practice writing and reading, according to the needs of the students.
• Language is always introduced within a context; students can see and practice the language as it is used in the real world.
• Graphic and aesthetic presentation of the materials is not overdone, so that it looks attractive and motivating.
• Frequent exercises and progress tests provide the opportunity, as well to the students as to the teachers, to check their progress.
There is an extra advantage to the use of the inlingua® method and material: The same ones are used in Inlingua centers all over the world. There is always the possibility that one student from Inlingua in Valencia moves one day to another Inlingua center. It would be fantastic for him to discover that he can go into an Inlingua class, as well in Spain as in any other Inlingua center all over the world, and join the class immediately, without having to adjust to new methods and ways.
Only in very special programs, oriented to groups or very specific courses, the teacher, together with the Head of Courses, elaborate materials adapted to the students' needs.
Regarding the level test, inlingua gives you a Multiple Choice test and a personal interview that helps us establish your English knowledge and establishes the skills in the communicative character of the student.
Inlingua works with 6 knowledge levels, based on the 6 levels established by the European Council with its Common European Framework of Reference for Language Learning, Teaching and Assessment .
In our level outline the descriptors state in detail Vocabulary, Accuracy, Fluency, Interaction and Coherence.
These 6 levels are taught in 3 cycles (Functional, Operative and Professional), defining for those who have passed the 6th level the Special Purposes.
Of course, if the company's training already follows a certain level outline we will adapt to whatever is suggested if necessary, making the means meat the goals.
Naturally, the program contents that have to be developed are based on different resources (texts, audios, workbooks, flash cards, cue cards, transparencies, pamphlets, and so on), that will be used as necessary to control the learning curve regarding structures and vocabulary. In other words, give the language formal content, correct and wide. Avoid the participant from "slipping" in conversation, using always limited vocabulary, using more the definition of the concept than the concept itself. .