Teaching Method

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The teacher asks questions

The English designed with Direct Method eBooks are full of questions. Each question practices a word, an expression, or a piece of grammar. When you finish answering one question, the teacher immediately starts to ask the next one.

The teacher says every question twice. This way, you have another chance to listen if you didn’t understand everything the first time. After asking the question, the teacher immediately says the beginning of the answer and invites you to join in. This is to help you to start speaking immediately – without thinking.

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The teacher speaks quickly

In the real world, it’s natural to speak quickly. When you learn to cope with fast speech in our safe and supportive environment, you’ll be prepared for any real-life interaction. 

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Long answers with the same grammar as the questions

You practice speaking as much as possible, so you always make complete sentences during the lesson, using the same grammatical structure as in the question. This way, you’re not just answering a question; you are making full sentences using the vocabulary and the grammar that you want to learn.

For example:

Q: About how many pages are there in this book?

A: There are about two hundred pages in this book. (rather than “Two hundred.”)

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The teacher helps you with the answer

The teacher will listen to you while you’re saying the answer. If you forget a word or you are not sure how to answer, you will always hear the next word or two from the teacher. When that happens, you should repeat after the teacher, and then immediately try again to continue with the answer yourself.

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Instant correction by imitation

The teacher will stop you immediately when you make a mistake. This helps you identify the mistake and develop a habit of not making it again. When the teacher notices a mistake, they will copy it and then say the correct pronunciation / form.

Why? Correction by imitation helps clearly hear the difference  between the mistake and the correct form. This is especially important for pronunciation, as sometimes it’s hard to hear subtle differences between sounds in a foreign language.

What should you do? repeat the correct word and simply continue with your sentence.

For example:

Student: He come from Poland.

Teacher: Not come – comes.

Student: He comes from Poland.

Systematic revision

When learning a foreign language, you need to see, hear and use new words and grammatical structures multiple times before you learn them for good. In every lesson, you do revision of what you learned in previous lessons before moving on to new material. The ratio of Revision to New Work is about 60:40.

Lesson structure

Part of what makes our method special and effective is that it’s predictable. Every lesson follows the same pattern, so you always know what to expect and where you are with your progress.

Revision – you repeat questions and answers that you learned during previous lessons.

New Work – the teacher explains new words and grammar, and introduces new questions and answers.

Reading – you read some pages from the book out loud while of the teacher helps you and corrects any mistakes.