Learning strategy Working professionals are busy people, and that is why the Liget method makes efficient use of classroom time. Lessons target the immediate needs of the students, providing useful vocabulary and maximizing opportunities for speaking. The instructor helps the students identify their mistakes and then practice correct forms to create good speaking habits.
The Liget method relies on the concept of "learning outward," which means using what the learner already knows as a foundation on which to build. This foundation-based method provides a huge boost in learning new vocabulary because it uses the student's existing vocabulary to provide an immediate context for words that are related to what the student is already comfortable with.
For example, even complete beginners already know the words king, queen, princess and prince. We can therefore use these words to teach son, daughter, sister, etc. These principles hold at higher levels. For example, if an IT professional knows the words "distinct" from her knowledge of the SQL software language, then it is a short step to explain the words "distinction" and "distinguish." Being able to use these variations improves the speaker's fluency and ability to make natural sounding sentences.
The Liget method also relies heavily on real media, such as articles and recordings that one would find in a magazine or on the internet, because learning the English language is not just about practical day-to-day skills. Mastering English is a gateway to: - participating in international events such as conferences and workshops; - moving into positions of international management; - reading about the newest professional trends; and of course - enjoying English-language books and entertainment.
That is why the Liget method makes frequent use of current media as educational material. Text from magazines, newspapers and books, as well as recordings and videos, are used to help students move from textbooks to real material because students respond when they are able to see the benefits of mastering the language.
The Liget method encourages learners to take control of their learning by showing them how to expand their vocabulary outside of class. Active student-teacher partnerships result in improved motivation, attendance, participation and long-term learning. Students learn to take ownership of their own progress and chart their own out-of-class learning.
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