The Language and Motivation method extends the one proposed by Prof. Olivier Delhaye, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. It is based on the training from the Methodological improvement course: “Teaching languages face-to-face and distance-learning, in private lessons, in tandem and small groups”
✓ The Language and Motivation method uses a set of practices that put the student in an active role and drive them to discover the language. More specifically, a few characteristics of the method:
✓ It borrows elements from the Flipped classroom teaching model in which the student is active, and the role of the teacher is limited to guidance, encouragement and assistance where appropriate.
✓ As homework, the student works on articles and multimedia and carries out research. Then, during the lesson, the student summarizes orally and engages in discussions with the guidance of the teacher.
✓ During each lesson, priority is given to oral production. The student would talk with the teacher for about an hour if they (properly) prepared the activities before the lesson.
✓ The student discovers the language, without being taught in detail everything related to it. They infer the grammar and syntax through the active learning.
✓ Language Structure Acquisition begins from the very first lesson in which the student studies newspaper articles of a certain word-length.
✓ The vocabulary focuses on development of social, professional, and success competences. It serves the needs and goals of each student. Everyone speaks freely without limiting themselves to the vocabulary that a book dictates for each lesson.
✓ Learning the correct pronunciation is achieved through tongue twisters in the second lesson and speech recognition technology.
✓ Part of the educational material used instead of books is past exam papers. Through those papers, the student develops clear communication skills they will need in real life.
✓ Grammar is limited. We learn to ride a bike without knowing any of the mechanics or a child learns to speak their mother tongue before they even know any grammar rules. Just like that, we guide the student to learn properly while saving valuable time spent teaching traditional grammar.