COMMUNICATIVE LANGUAGE LEARNING
We work according to the principles of communicative didactics. The aim of language training is to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to communicate successfully in the foreign language. It is not important, especially at the lower levels, to speak and write without mistakes. What is crucial is that the learner feels confident to use the foreign language.
The teaching and learning of the new language starts by getting to know and practicing new words and rules. Then, what has been learned is transferred into near life situations where it is practised e.g. in discussions and role plays. Experimenting with the unfinished language skills helps to overcome inhibitions, to learn to continue talking despite mistakes and to hold on to the communicative goal. A language is best learned by speaking it.
Participants in our courses also learn
Hand in hand with the new language, the participants in our courses acquire country specific and cultural knowledge. This helps them understand the different ways of thinking and behaving of the people of the other language community and to find their way in the foreign culture.
For more details read Joe Sheils, Communication in Foreign Language Teaching, Council of Europe
We use communicative text books from the following renowned international publishers: