Languages change your life
The inlingua teaching staff are formed by teachers with extensive knowledge and experience with university training in the teaching of languages. All of them have recognised qualifications.
Teachers are one of the key elements for the success in learning. Inlingua is perfectly aware of the importance of teachers and is very selective in choosing them. The majority are native speakers of the language they teach and receive regular training on the method and materials used. inlingua constantly provides training courses to their teachers and keeps them informed of new resources and techniques in the teaching of languages.
The pedagogical Department of the inlingua schools takes care of assigning each teacher according to the adaptability he or she has with each group, taking into account their needs and level, the specific demands of each individual, etc. Our professionals, on the other hand, apart from having a exclusive training, specialize in specific areas. In this way, they can specialize in the training of younger children; others in the business world; others, in the preparation of official examinations, etc.
At inlingua there are 10 didactic principles. Which all teachers must respect. They are the following:
01. Only the target language is used in the lesson
The trainer will not translate for you, but will help you discover the meaning of words in context. This is done gradually and carefully, allowing each learner the time to understand the language.
02. The main focus of lessons is on speaking and listening
In order to use a language correctly, you have to first be able to speak it. Reading and writing are also taught, but language is introduced through speaking. The trainer ensures that all learners can pronounce every word correctly before the lesson proceeds.
03. Learn language patterns through examples, not explanations
Understanding the language in context encourages the learners to develop comprehension skills for general understanding. These abilities are required in everyday communication. Even grammar is learned by active example rather than through long and tedious grammar explanations.
04. Learners have the opportunity to speak as much as possible
Learners are encouraged to use the language actively throughout the learning process. This requires total participation. Trainers keep their talking time to a minimum to allow learners the maximum amount of practice during a training session.
05. Individual learning needs are met in a relaxed atmosphere
The aims of each learner are considered and integrated; courses are designed to accommodate different learning styles. This all occurs in a fun and relaxed environment.
06. A positive approach to error correction is adopted
Learners are encouraged to self-correct to achieve accurate pronunciation and to be able to use a language structure efficiently in conversation. We regard language learning as a process of continual improvement.
07. Previous knowledge of a topic is checked before presenting new language
If you already know a word or can use a structure, we will take it from there: building on your personal knowledge of the language.
08. Feel free to experiment
You are encouraged to express opinions and experiment with the new language you have learned.
09. A variety of training techniques are used
Although the aims of each session are clearly defined, trainers will use a variety techniques during the lesson. Different learning styles and contexts are considered: helping the learner to use the language in different real life situations.
10. Books are closed during the presentation and practice stages
The language is introduced to the learner through speaking before it is presented in the written form. The Course Book is later used exclusively for reading, writing, listening and speaking practice.