Our teaching method: active learning

Active stands for speaking, listening, understanding, and using.

The courses are divided into separate units called “learning cycles“. Each of these learning cycles is a meaningful, thematically independent unit that builds upon past units.  In turn, a learning cycle can be subdivided into the following parts:
  • An introduction to the new subject, a so-called “warm up”.  The warm ups are designed to prepare the participants for the lesson and help them leave the stress of everyday life and office hum-drum behind and put them in the right mood for the lesson to come.  These warm up can be games played outside in the fresh air, a quiz, a role-playing game, or just a friendly conversation.
  • the “Lernkonzert”, the central element of a learning cycle.  The teacher performs a short skit or reads a story which has all the linguistic elements for that learning cycle in it out to the participants.  The text is usually accompanied by classical music.
  • primary activation:  This part of the learning cycle is about comprehending the text and getting a firm grasp of the grammatical elements in it.  Fun activities like games, puzzles, and posters are used in this phase as well.
  • secondary activation:  In this last large section of the learning cycle the material is transposed from the theoretical to situations that are more relevant to the participants and the lives they lead; that way the participants can use the elements in this learning cycle more readily in everyday situations.
  • feedback circle:  our participants are invited to examine and provide feedback on the material given to them in this learning cycle;  they’re asked to evaluate the material based on their relevance to the real working world and their comprehensiveness.
The breaks are spent doing learning games and activities, so the participants can recharge their mental batteries.

Don’t be misled: We laugh a lot, we play a lot of games, we listen to music during the lessons, but our participants learn a lot much better than in “traditional courses” at the same time. Although they may appear randomly chosen, each one of the fun learning elements fulfils a very specific purpose.

We make people learn vocabulary and practice their grammar too.
But we make doing those “chores” a bit less painful.