Principles of the Highly Effective Education

Why the traditional approach of teaching foreign languages does not work:

   
- using only one methodology, method, technique, and one unproductive student’s book related to it;

- boring texts and artificially created exercises far from real up-to-date English;  

- monotonous tasks and formulaic lessons;

- 7 levels of knowledge of a foreign language: a program of one level is spread over months, levels – over many years;
- lack of lively, interesting conversational practice of the language during the lesson, while there are tons of grammar;

- the emphasis in education on the implementation of a huge amount of homework, its checking and error correction;

- and others...

Highly Effective Education is a system of techniques and methods aimed at increasing the student’s confidence in his abilities, the real way to maximize his potential and achieve tangible and visible results in the shortest period of time.  



Highly Effective Education is a carefully thought-out and verified combination of well-known 24 teaching methods and more than 120 exclusive author's development activities. One of which is “teaching fusion” (“fusion - the technique of joining atoms in a reaction that produces energy”  - dictionary.cambridge.org) - a combination of completely different ideas, which acquire ultimately synergy, integrity, and harmony.

An excellent example of teaching fusion can be your real opportunity to “boost” speaking skills on 20 topics using 500 lexical units and 50 grammatical structures at my author’s training - immersion for 3 hours.

The main principles of the Highly Effective Education:

  
1.  Freedom

The students can choose the time, place, frequency of classes, studied topics, trained skills. And the absence of levels and limits liberates students. And in this comfortable atmosphere learning is becoming easier and fast which gives a person new additional energy to push forward. 


2. The uniqueness of each student
The learning approach is dictated by the student’s lifestyle. Therefore, the individual program, personal approach, and methods - everything is unique. Teaching and learning occur according to the rules of the student. Learning is self-education. Only those techniques and exercises working for a particular person will be highly effective which are very close to his own goals, values, desires, and interests. 


3. Awareness

The understanding of the meaning of each step, task, exercise, and test. The student finds out what gives him drive and benefit from the learning process. Attraction and retention of attention, memory training, active perception, analysis and enthusiastic, engaged work with information use the full capacity of the student’s personal potential.


4. Emotions

An extremely important role belongs to being in a state of joyfulness and pleasure from the learning process. The fear of making mistakes disappears itself in such a relaxed atmosphere of lively, interesting communication and creativity. Passion, excitement, inspiration raise a great desire to share the knowledge. It is considered to be a “fertile soil” for the development of communication skills and the ability to be a good listener. 


5. Active and independent learning

The students are immersed in the language, ready to speak from the first minute of the lesson, practicing the most common phrases untill they can do it blindfolded. They show some initiative, take regular active actions leading to the desired objectives. A variety of methods of reflection, self-control, and self-esteem is used.   


6. Edutainment

Creative games allow students to reorganize themselves into a more active mode of cognition, which contributes to the maximum manifestation of his creative abilities. An easy, understandable, accessible entertaining and cognitive learning turn into an exciting adventure. Interactive elements relieve tension and constraint, create an atmosphere of the relaxed play. All tasks seem attractive and satisfying to the student. 


7. The importance of visible and tangible results at all steps of learning

The processing of a considerable amount of information really necessary in everyday communication, using special memorization techniques, the simultaneous work with
2-3 skills, the ability to "juggle" common lexical and grammatical structures give visible and tangible results. 


8. Content 

The attracting, curious, captivating, catchy from the very first second content maintains a high emotional setting and guarantees certain motivation and 100% involvement in the learning process. The concentration of the information that warms and maintains interest is one of the main elements of intensive learning. Through the originally selected information, emotional intelligence and broadening one's horizons, Soft Skills are extremely demanded today. 


9. Mentor, tutor

The mentor acts as a screenwriter and director of this unique content. Mentor’s support and consulting contain effective tools, useful resources, explanations, and adjustments. The mentor maintains constant activity, engagement of the student, expresses sincere interest, his attitude to the information received from the student. It provides the conditions for the continuous process of self-development of the students, their evolution. The communication is based on friendly support, the establishment of relations of openness and mutual trust.

The principles of highly effective teaching can intensify teaching any student contingent on any subject, leading to the results in accelerating learning material in long-term memory and active self-improvement, personal self-development. 
 
A highly effective student is a unique person with a certain mindset, emotions, and specific actions. He is constantly learning and developing, more self-educating, thinking creatively and applying the knowledge acquired very effectively. Such students are free to navigate in a continuous flow of information and express their attitude.
 

Natalia Tomilina

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