How can I teach Spoken English Learned Quickly in my country?
…I am an English teacher, but my pronunciation is not good.
…It is easier for me to teach English using grammar exercises.
You can teach your students excellent spoken English using this new Feedback Training Method method.
All the lesson material you will need can be downloaded at no cost from englishfreeware.com. However, it will require changes in the way you teach English.
First, please read the entire book Speak English. It will introduce you to the Feedback Training Method.
After reading Speak English, you will understand why there are no written exercises. All of the grammar and English verbs are taught by using spoken English. You will hinder your students’ progress if you use written exercises.
However, do not be apprehensive. You can teach your students by using only spoken English even if you have difficulty with your own pronunciation. Your students will learn to speak English in half the time it would take them if you taught them by using written grammar lessons. Helping your students learn to speak excellent English quickly will make you the most popular English teacher in your city!
We will try to explain how you can successfully teach English using the Spoken English Learned Quickly lessons in your country. Your success will depend on seven conditions:
1. The number of class meetings each week.
The curriculum must match the number of times the class meets each week.
If you are teaching an English class in a secondary school or college, you will teach the English class according to the school’s schedule. In this case, the students may attend class each day.
If you are teaching private lessons and the students own their own MP3 players so that they can study at home, we suggest that each class meet only one or two times each week.
If your students study at home, they will learn to speak excellent English just as quickly when meeting only once or twice a week as they would if they were attending a class every day. If the students pay for their classes, you can help them save money because they attend fewer classes. At the same time, you could earn more money because you can teach more students in the same amount of time.
2. Spoken English Learned Quickly requires a spoken English instruction method.
This course is for spoken English. Many students think that when they understand the sentences and the vocabulary found in one lesson, they are ready to do the next lesson. However, they are not finished with a lesson until they can pronounce each sentence perfectly. If students are studying two hours each day at home with the recorded lessons, they should spend about two weeks on each lesson.
The students should spend the entire time using the recorded audio lessons during the first two months. The students will learn more from studying the audio recordings than from studying with a teacher.
If MP3 players are not available, the students may study from the lesson text by reading out loud during their language practice.
The students may also read newspaper articles if the articles are taken from U.S. newspapers. (See the last page in Chapter 7, Success in Spoken English Study for a list of U.S. newspaper websites.)
3. General class procedures.
When the class first begins, explain that you will not be speaking English because you want the students to learn their pronunciation from first language English speakers. Then explain to them that there will be no written grammar exercises.
Also explain that, even though it is easier and more comfortable to speak about English in their own language, the best way for them to learn spoken English is to speak English itself using audio recordings.
When a new lesson begins, have all of the students repeat the English exercises out loud while reading from the text.
Next, have all of the students turn to the vocabulary pages at the end of the lesson and write the meaning of each new word in their language. The students may use a dictionary to translate the words into their language, or you may ask students who know the words to give their meaning so that others can copy them. Though the students cannot read the exercises from the lesson text, they can always review the vocabulary list if they forget the meaning of a word.
The first lesson introduces the most vocabulary because every word is included in the vocabulary list. For the first lesson, it is best to listen to only one or two exercises before doing that portion of the vocabulary list.
After the students know the entire vocabulary list, they may repeat the sentences (or exercises) twice more while reading from the text.
After the students have read the text three times while repeating the exercises out loud, they must close their lesson book and do all of the study from that chapter without reading the lesson text.
If your students are just beginning English study, they will often tell you that the first lesson is too difficult. However, two weeks after they begin the lessons, they will realize that they are making excellent progress.
On the other hand, sometimes students who have already studied English will say that the lessons are too simple because they already know the vocabulary and meaning of the sentences. However, if they cannot pronounce the sentences perfectly, they need to study the lesson until they can.
Occasionally review previous lessons. It will help the students to remember vocabulary and understand parts of the lesson which were more difficult the first time through. It will also give variety to the lessons.
4. Teaching spoken English if your students own their own MP3 players.
This is the best way to teach the class. Have each student study independently by playing the audio recordings on their own MP3 player. They will probably be more comfortable if they can walk about the room while they are studying. While they are practicing speaking out loud, walk among them while listening to each student so you can encourage them.
5. Teaching spoken English if the school owns the MP3 players.
If students do not own their own MP3 players, the school may assign one to each student during the lesson time. The MP3 rental may be a part of the student’s class fee.
6. Teaching spoken English if there is only one MP3 player for the entire class.
If you have only one MP3 player for the classroom, you can still teach spoken English. Gather all of the students around the MP3 player for their study. Listen to the player, write the meanings to the vocabulary words, and practice the exercises enough so that all of the students can use the lesson without reading.
After the students understand the lesson, you may have some of the students use the MP3 player while others read the lesson text, exercises, or articles from a U.S. newspaper. Rotate groups so that everyone gets an opportunity to use the MP3 player.
Do not teach grammar or writing. Use the audio recordings as effectively as possible for the entire time the students are studying English. Do not use written assignments.
7. More things you can do to help your class.
When a new class begins, you can print the Information for the student in English, translate it into your language, give a copy both to each student.
You can translate and print the Speak English book. You can give a free copy of the book and a CD to every student who enrolls in your class. You can also print advertising in the Learning Spoken English book to advertise your school.
You can buy MP3 players as a dealer. You can then pre-load the MP3 players with the lessons and sell them to advertise your school.
You can sell or give the CD to any student registering for your school.
You can have your students read articles from American newspapers. All of their reading should be done out loud until they can read the articles with good pronunciation.
You can have groups of two students working together reading a newspaper article. One student can read a statement from the newspaper and the other can change the statement into a question. Then one student can change a statement in to a question and the other student can answer it using pronouns. The two students working together can practice until the one answering can answer the questions rapidly with excellent pronunciation without looking at the article. They can follow the examples in Chapter 5 of the book Speak English for producing conversations from a newspaper article. The entire chapter gives useful information.
You can also print and translate the two English Fables Fables into your language for spoken English study The Journey of a Wise Man: A Fable for English Learners, and A Wise Man’s Discovery: A Fable for English Learners. After the students have read the Fables in their own language for understanding, they can practice reading the English translation until they can read it fluently. Groups of two students may also work together changing statements into questions and substituting pronouns in the same way they would study using a newspaper.
The Spoken English Learned Quickly lessons use exersises called the Lesson Text. These exercises come from a well known book that is translated into almost every known language. This book was used because it is much simpler for students to read the same material translated into their own language before trying to speak it in English. Try to find books or articles which were originally written in modern American English which have been translated into your language. Give your students a copy in both languages and use them in the same way you are using newspaper articles.