Methodology

 

The traditional methods of textbooks, pictures, recordings, movies, worksheets, and vocabulary memorization tend to lack flexibility for applying a second language in a natural context.  This especially becomes obvious when trying to communicate in a foreign country or with a foreigner.


In the TIV centers it is our goal that our students not only read and write in English, but also converse in English with ease.  This requires an extra effort placed on listening skills, correct pronunciation in daily contexts, and friendships with foreigners.  These objectives will be developed through the academic plan, the bilingual teachers, the virtual classrooms and the exchange programs.


Within the current legislative framework, our centers will develop an academic plan with a strong emphasis in English beginning from the following basis:

 

  • Children have an innate ability to learn to communicate if they have are immersed in the language and have a need to communicate.
  • Teaching English is more effective when it is begun at an early age. Using games, stories, crafts, etc. English can begin to be taught even in preschool.
  • English for second language learners must be taught as a communication tool not as another subject.Although it is necessary to teach the grammar, sentence structure, syntax and semantics of the second language, it should always be a way to dialogue.
  • Fun activities and sports are especially useful for teaching a second language.
  • Technology used correctly is useful and recommended as a tool for learning a second language.
  • The teachers should be able to use English as a way to communicate and integrate it into their classroom in a natural way throughout the school day.
  • A student will learn to use English as a way to communicate with other peers who speak English as a first language through shared intercultural activities and exchange programs.