Using the most up-to-date material is key for General English classes for several reasons. English is a living language and is constantly changing. Textbooks also take years to develop, so using old textbooks not only means old teaching methodology but also old language learning.
Al Rayyan Scientific Institute embodies the latest blended learning methodology and approach using the latest interactive technologies. Visually stimulating learning with realistic role-playing is the way forward for taught ESL courses.
The Common European Framework of Reference is the most modern way of measuring proficiency in the English language. What originally started as a European project is now accepted internationally by the majority of publishers and educational institutions. It simplifies language proficiency into six grades ranging from A1 (Beginner) to C2 (Proficiency/Proficiency). This global system has clear advantages for students moving to study abroad and also for international cooperation between institutes.
This means relying on a number of methods and approaches in relation to the needs of the students and the learning environment. This approach rings true with most teachers as general English learners who have different goals, expectations and motivations for IELTS preparation students.
This method of teaching is more focused on learning to speak English, which is why at the center of the Al Rayan Institute teaching methodology the teaching of communicative language or the communicative approach stems from the work of Noam Chomsky in the 1960s and linguists such as Michael Halliday in the 1970s. It has since evolved into a cohesive, hands-on classroom methodology. It focuses on the communicative ability of the students and aims at their readiness for real use of the target language as early as possible. Thus, this method is more feasible as students realize they are learning a useful skill and can take advantage of opportunities related to using English for work or travel.
The use of role-playing is one of the main advantages of communicative language teaching because it places students in real-world situations where there is a real information gap. Students must communicate in the target language to obtain the information they need. This works on many levels, as a student who is low on visiting the country for the first time will be in similar situations where they need to use their language skills to communicate with the locals. These exercises can be designed to practice vocabulary surrounding a particular topic, but situations can also be contrived to get students to practice certain grammar points. These two elements can be combined so that classroom activities are as relevant as possible. For example, in a lesson designed to practice mathematical vocabulary and grammatical construction “used,” students would be asked to find out what sport their partners played or participated in when they were young. This conversation is realistic, exercises mathematical vocabulary, and encourages the use of “used” grammatical structure.
The information/teamwork gap
These two aspects of CLT are very important and often go hand in hand. Information gap activities involve putting learners in a position where they both need information from each other and need to speak English to get it. Group work tasks are collaborative and designed to encourage communication in the target language and bonding in pursuit of a common goal.
At Al Rayan Scientific Institute, we use state of the art vocabulary speaking apps that automatically put our students into groups where they have the same questions that appear on their smartphones, but each student has different answers with only one correction for each question. This creates the information gap and encourages the students to discuss their choices for winning the game. In addition to promoting bonding within the group, it also makes them speak naturally and use the target language for purpose.
English classes at Accelerated English Training Center embrace blended learning principles to deliver an engaging learning experience. This is achieved using the latest interactive technology and combines interactive whiteboards, tablets, smartphones, cutting edge applications and learning management systems. This technology is interspersed with lively and communicative teaching by qualified native speaker teachers. Blended learning not only combines digital media with face-to-face teaching, it also involves making tentative choices about the nature and structure of lessons.