At Lingo Live we believe that language learning at its core should be about bringing people together, that’s why our mission is, “Connecting people through learning.” But what does that really mean? And how did we develop a program that supports this?
According to Jesse Abing, our Chief Learning Officer, the key is taking a socio-cognitive approach to learning (integrated cognitive & social elements). We believe in order for an adult language learning program to be successful it must take seriously the social component of learning. “By creating meaningful interactions you’ll see a dramatic increase in the engagement and progress of students.” This approach to learning can be seen clearly in every aspect of the Lingo Live method.
At our core is the relationship between teacher and student, which is why our lessons are held one-to-one via Skype. When the learner really connects with the teacher a feeling of trust develops. The learner feels more connected to the lessons each week and the teacher conversely is able to tailor studies to fit the needs of the student. There is also a heightened sense of accountability, students are more engaged in lessons and less likely skip a session when they value and respect the teacher. Lessons become less about learning vocabulary and more about developing a friendship that hinges on forming new language skills.
Customization is Key
The Lingo Live program is highly personalized to the needs of the student. So if student is learning English for example, and needs to perfect their skills for an upcoming meeting, his or her teacher can spend the weeks leading up to it role-playing the specific meeting scenario. As the student-teacher relationship develops, teachers begin to incorporate music or books they think the student will like. Because lessons are about building practical knowledge (that truly fits into the day-to-day of the student) we see increasing levels of engagement and motivation to learn. And because our instructors are constantly customizing lesson plans, our curriculum never becomes outdated.
Assignments that Fit Your Routine
When it comes to practice outside of the “classroom” our model is less about assigning homework and expecting the student to spend time memorizing, and more about affecting behavioral change. And while sometimes there will be vocabulary assignments, we think it’s more important for the student to incorporate what they’re learning into their current routine. So we might ask students to watch a film in the language they’re learning and study the body language of the characters, or look out for how inflection changes based on mood. This way students are learning the language, but also how that language fits into a new culture. Again there is an emphasis on the social component of learning.
At the end of the day we want our students to develop a mastery of a new language, but also the confidence and understanding to be able to use that language in their real life day-to-day.
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