The Best Approach
At MDG Europe, we believe the best approach to be a hybrid method, combining the best features of the Traditional Method (1), the Direct Method (2) and E-Learning (3).
The starting point should be that students should hear and aim to speak only in the target language during lessons with a native speaking tutor:
- An active participation in the language at the earliest possible stage is the best possible motivator.
- Students should gradually learn how to use the language with increasing effectiveness through repeated oral practice, backed up by written exercises: most people find the combination of oral and written exercises;
- Most people find the combination of oral and written work the most effective way of memorizing information.
New vocabulary and grammar will be introduced progressively throughout the course to further develop the students' range and complexity of language skills. We believe this hybrid method to be the most natural and practicable way for adults to learn a new language. The one that instils the most confidence at the earliest possible stage of the process.
1 - Traditional Method: The “Traditional” method, widely in use from the end of the 19th Century, is the basis of the method many have experienced at school. It is principally a written method, prioritising the learning of essential grammar in the target language (as a comparative study to your mother tongue) over the acquisition of practical communication skills.
2 - Direct Method: Based on the premise that we should learn any foreign language as we learned our mother tongue, essentially by a purely oral method. It involves the idea of learning simply by listening to the language being spoken, almost by a form of osmosis. It won enormous popularity for two main reasons: little or no grammar was involved and, at least initially, it was highly motivational, involving instant participation in the target language.
3 - E-Learning: Teaching sessions over the internet, on a one to one basis or in group (similar to video-conference).