digitalmars.D - Best Ways to Teach Languages
- Yehor (60/60) Dec 09 2015 Every language tutor sometimes encounters a question: what is the
Every language tutor sometimes encounters a question: what is the best way to teach languages? Every competent tutor asks that question to himself at least once in a while, and unfortunately, not all of them find the answer which is satisfying for them. Also, there are many services for tutotrs and freelancers. They can get very good experience there. I know pretty good one - https://2polyglot.com. There are many ways to improve your tutor skills. Very simple service, as for me. If you know another services, please share with us, it's very important for beginners. However, we’ll try to outline the methods used in teaching the languages, their pros and cons and what kind of method can be considered as “the best” one. Textbook method. The “traditional” method of learning languages relies heavily on textbooks and memorizing the grammar along with seeing it in action by paying attention to examples provided by the tutor and trying to learn to do the same by understanding the process. While this method is not bad because it’s proven to work for a big number of people, it’s not without flaws and issues. Speech skills require practical knowledge, and relying on theoretical knowledge alone won’t bring the desired result. Without practice and setting the entire grammar in stone, the “rules” set by the grammar will make a noticeable “latency” in speech, as the person who writes more than speaks spends more time processing the language through the grammar he or she learned so far, thus slowing down conversations. Practical method. Practical method usually involves students and native language speakers conversing with each other and putting the knowledge acquired by theoretical method to proper use. Tutoring this way is easier, as it assumes that the student has prior knowledge of theoretical part of the language (at least most of the basics which allow building proper sentences) and is ready to learn things on the fly. This way the student quickly learns how to interpret the language and speak it in a faster and more efficient manner. However, without prior grammar and without constant learning of additional parts of the language, this method will not be as efficient as one wants it. Just talking. It’s just like the practical method, except it’s less about learning and more about acquiring skills on the go. While this method is not exactly related to tutoring, as any native speaker can take the place of the tutor, it’s a good way for anyone who speaks the language to help those who need practice. This method is especially useful when travelling abroad. This way you can learn more by talking to people — by learning about their mentality, culture and views you might acquire the necessary information to push yourself forward. For example, you can focus on trying to sound more native, which will help you a lot in the process, because by learning their culture from the inside you’ll intuitively start grasping the aspects most people tend to miss during studies. The tutor in this case can get involved only if he knows the culture of the language of choice, and it’s more than recommended to get involved if the tutor is a native speaker. Now when you know several ways of tutoring and helping people in learning the foreign language, perhaps you feel like you’re ready to become a tutor? If so, then don’t hesitate to give it a try!
Dec 09 2015