There is no single best method of language learning. We do not use a “one size fits all” approach to curriculum or teaching methods. The most effective methodologies depend as much on your personal objectives as on individual learning styles. That is why we tailor all our language offerings based on a thorough analysis of your needs and accommodate various learning styles. Our teaching methodologies are adapted to the essential differences in the cognitive processes, language interests, and goals of different individuals, but there are common factors to all our language trainings.
We consistently emphasise the socio-cultural nature of language. Language is an integral part of the culture that it supports and that it depends on. It cannot be separated from the people, their activities, their specific relationships with other people and their environment. To learn a language is to be nurtured or apprenticed into the lifeworld of the host culture. We put heavy emphasis on understanding this lifeworld as a means to understand the language, since the two are inseparable.
Classroom without Walls
Based on the “classroom without walls” philosophy, our language training demonstrates that there is no better or more efficient way to learn a language than to be immersed in it. Realistic language training is provided through a variety of activity-based procedures: role-play, fact-gathering tasks, and problem-solving. Real-life situations and practical application of the language take precedence over bland theory. Learning by applying a language in real-life situations is also the most natural and enjoyable way to learn a language. We give our students a chance to apply what they are learning and prepare them to face similar situations in the real world confidently.
We teach through functional situations in the context of real-life conditions. We actually even take people for language classes to the streets. Innovative methods guide our clients over the boundaries of classical language training through lively markets and vivid traditions. A wide range of excursions, social and cultural activities allows them to apply their newly acquired language skills. Regular contact with the host community allows students to expand their vocabulary, improve their spoken language performance, and better understand the local culture. Students improve their fluency while at the same time establishing friendships with local people. Over time, these relationships become less and less unusual, as the newcomer is able to participate more and more richly and naturally in the lifeworld of the hosts.
Natural Language Acquisition
We believe that people should learn a new language the same way as they did their first: naturally. People learn languages best by speaking them. That is why our classes consist of a small number of students and our students speak more than the teachers. We constantly make sure that all students receive the personal attention they need to advance their language skills. Our experienced teachers use an interactive approach based on listening and speaking, supplementing study with relevant activities as well as reading and writing exercises. Continuous feedback by our trainers allows students to easily monitor their progress. Not only are the participant’s existing language abilities considered, our trainers systematically build upon what is there, adapting their teaching to the students' learning styles to support effortless and natural language acquisition.
Focus on Conversational Skills
We generally focus on developing speaking and listening skills, underpinning this work with vocabulary development and confidence building. Rather than teaching difficult grammar in the initial stages, we instill a feel for the language. The development of native-sounding speech includes much more than grammar and vocabulary. We teach clients the language skills needed for daily life, from social greetings and ordering food in a restaurant, over giving directions to taxi drivers, to express your feelings to your new friends. Central to our approach is to reach a comfort level communicating in the local language with minimum effort in the shortest time possible.
Laying the Foundations
Research shows that a repository of several hundred words is sufficient to speak any language at survival level. We start by teaching students the expressions and structures they need in their everyday situations. We also encourage the creative use of the target language. In order for students to be constructive and creative in their use of the target language, they must explore and actively employ the language. That is why we constantly inspire our students to induce from examples and instil the courage to experiment.
There is more to effective communication across cultures than the spoken and written word. This is where traditional language teaching usually fails. At Language Must, we give students the keys to a culture that you just cannot learn from a classical textbook. We supplement conventional textbook training with a wide variety of materials (e.g., audio-visual support) and interactive methods (e.g., excursions) to help learners. Specific language related to the particular learner's field of interest is included to make the language programme as useful as possible.
Sustainability is key to us. We want to ensure an effective, lasting, and enjoyable language learning experience for our clients. That is why we encourage clients to review classroom learning and advice them on study outside of class to continue their progress. We give students the methods, materials, and tools to pursue their language studies independently. For example, we bring to attention plenty of self-study material to supplement coursework: movies, music, magazines, books, etc. One should try to embrace the foreign language and experience the culture and history associated with it. Mastering a foreign language requires students to accept the language with an open heart and treat it like their own.