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Valingua house Unit 3 (Learn Spanish)
IntroductionWhat is Valingua house?Valingua house is a simple method to maximise language learning. This simple format can be translated into any language and this can be used for private classes or for a class of 200 people or more. How can it be used for a class of so many people and still be effective?The reason it can be used in a class for so many people is because the method interacts with our normal social behaviour. Peer learning is key to this method and by starting with the very basics of the language, you are introduced to the vocabulary most needed to get by socially in a different language. This then expands encouraging you to have a spontaneous conversation perhaps something completely different from the vocabulary taught. Does this method work with a class of different levels and ages?Yes. The method is for students with no skills or knowledge of the language, but after teaching with the Method in many classes with adults and children over the past three years, I have found that this could still be useful to students with a good knowledge and understanding of the language. I have had many group classes where one student has quite a good level of English for his age, and the level or age of the other student was inferior and the method can still be used. This is because the students are being introduced to vocabulary that is not being taught in schools but is used widely in Native English speaking countries. So in every lesson there is about 7 12 words. Two or three of those words would be considered to be high level. For example a speaker with a fairly good level will probably know the words: Hello, Good morning, Good night, how are you? Good and you?But they probably dont know the words: Im glad, the same to you, thats amazing! Thats terrible! All of these words mentioned above are in lesson 1 and 2 of the Tebbitt Method. How does it work?Valingua house is comprised into Units. Each unit is about 50 pages. 30 of these pages are the Lessons. Each lesson has a title which is a question. The first question is What is your name? The Second is How are you? The fourth What do you like to do? The 15th is Where have you been? Question 100 is Where do you see yourself in five years time? As you can see it gets more and more complex as you go on. Every three lessons there is a dictation this is a simple way to practice and test the vocabulary you have learnt. There is between 7 and 12 words learnt in every lesson and 25 of them are placed in a list. The student must translate the words into their native language. Sometimes there will be several possible answers this is a good way for the students to understand that many words do not have a direct translation. Also this gives a good indication to the teacher of how much this student has retained. The student keeps note of his score in the results page. This is a good way for the student or the teacher to look at his/her results page, go back to any previous dictation and test them on the vocabulary they didnt get correct. Every 15 lesson there is a level test. This is another dictation but with the most difficult vocabulary/expressions/phrases in the last 15 lessons. Every 10 lessons there is a listening test. This is a long listening which is an extended conversation of all of the questions in the lessons. There is about 10 20 questions the students have to answer. They can listen to it 2 or 3 three times then again when going through the audio with the teacher correcting the test. The other five or so pages are made up of exercises/tests about the verbs, expression or phrasal verbs they have learnt so far. There are about four or five games the teacher can incorporate into the classes if required. The index page at the front of the book happens to be a long list of questions. The students can go revise the method by just looking at the index and asking questions to their partner. Assessment in Valingua houseAt the end of each unit the student would have completed 30 lessons. As a result he would have done 10 dictations of 25 words each. Thats a total of 250 marks. This is the first sign of assessment, focused simply on being able to recall the meanings of words they have learnt. Also they would have completed 3 listening tests and 2 level tests. The listening test is a long listening with 15-20 questions in each test. The two level tests in each unit is 50 of the most challenging words/phrases/expressions in the unit. Last but not least, is the speaking and listening assessment that goes on throughout the method. The student is constantly talking to his class mates and depending on the size of the class he will have regular conversations with the student. If the teacher isnt sure if the student understands something in the lesson, he can simply ask one of the questions available and talk to him. Testing and reinforcing. The Dictations, Listening tests, and level test also serve to test and reinforce the learning of the vocabulary. What does the Lesson pages contain?The first thing you will see is the Title and number of
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