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Introduction to the teaching philosophy of GLV
08-12-27 | www.ningbotutor.com | From: 网络 View:

   

By Claudia Swan (Principal of Gateway Language Village)
Gateway Language Village was set-up to provide a total English language experience. This refers to the entire language program, both in the classroom and when interacting with classmates, teachers, Communication Activators, visitors, administrators, etc. The goal is to create an English language environment for all students.



For beginner level students, this may seem like an impossible task. We here at GLV do not believe it is. However, to succeed it is necessary to approach the language learning experience in a certain way.
In order to speak English fluently, it is necessary to think in English. Following the traditional learning method of translation from Chinese to English, the result is continued thinking in Chinese. Progress may seem swift initially, but eventually the students will reach a point where further progress requires shifting into English thinking. Such a shift is a difficult process.

Following the more traditional translation approach, students may feel that they are learning a lot of English because they are learning to translate and say many English words. However, as time goes by in the learning process, the effort of translating everything in order to "learn" it becomes more and more difficult. Eventually, progress virtually stops unless students can begin to think in English.

In contrast, here at GLV we are working on helping students learn to think in English from the beginner level. Therefore, all classes are taught in English. In the classroom the teacher will use a variety of communication devices other than translation to help the students understand. These may include responding to commands through actions, the use of pictures, miming, drawing, or facial expressions.

Initially, students may feel that they are making very little progress. In fact, beginner students will probably speak very little as they are gaining knowledge. However, after several weeks, beginner stu

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