Aside from textbooks, you will also use inter-active CD-ROMS with audio and video samples by different native speakers using English in realistic situations. Thus, you will not only get used with your trainer's voice, pitch and speech patterns but also with other native speakers.'
For instance, with the multimedia method, you'll EXPERIENCE English in action and learn how to use it like a native speaker just like David Letterman and Britney Spears below as opposed to simulated and not-so-authentic conversations commonly found in textbooks.
TOPIC: More common variations of 'How are you?'
Notice that 'How are you doing?' which is another way to say 'How are you?' is shortened to 'How ya doin'?'. This is VERY COMMON in colloquial English and you have to be prepared to hear this because they say this very often. Needless to say, you can also say it like they do.
Now fill in the blanks inside the speech bubbles after you watch the video below:
Learning a new language requires memorization of new words, phrases and grammatical rules which can sometimes be tedious and boring.
But with the MULTIMEDIA METHOD, you'll MEMORIZE foreign words more effectively because you will EXPERIENCE USING IT right away while having FUN! You will re-enact the dialogues using your personal information instead of the Japanese cast's/characters'.
A highly effective feature of the multimedia method is the AUDIO or VIDEO RECORDING PORTION which is an integral part of each session. Here, you can opt to re-enact the dialogues using your personal information instead of the the cast's/characters'. You can OPT* to be recorded on video so you'll be able to compare the ORIGINAL VERSION with your 'personalized version'. The trainer may also use the screen caps, i.e. images from the video, to create a COMIC STRIP (manga style). All the files will be shared to you through USB transfer. Now wouldn't that be exciting?
*VIDEO-RECORDING of dialogues is optional. For shy people, we can just record their voices and they can just 'DUB' the videos with their voices.
In the SIMULATION below, a virtual character named STEVE will talk to YOU. My Mexican friend MIGUEL, whose English is NOT YET perfect but pretty good according to him, replied to virtual Steve using the headset with microphone.
In the SIMULATION below, YOU will reply to the virtual character named Jessica.
PREVIEW of one of the CD-ROMS that will be used: (ENGLISH)
PREVIEW of the CD-ROM Grammar Made Easy British English
Re-enacting realistic dialogues (shown in video and not just audio) is one of the best ways to learn a language by heart. YOU HAVE TO EXPERIENCE IT IN ACTION ~ see it, hear it, smell it, taste it and feel it!
This is why the terms 'TRAINING,' 'trainees' and 'trainer' are used because you don't just 'repeat after the teacher, ' you also 'LIVE it' ~ you use all your senses in experiencing the language. Aside from reenacting dialogues, you will also be trained to create your own in order to learn how to manipulate words and phrases just like a native speaker.
The trainer will bring samples authentic cuisine (eaten by NS of the TL) so the trainees will truly 'experience the smell and taste of the language' and may bring native speakers (NS) in the classroom so as to truly immerse the trainee in the TL.
~ CUT! Take two!
The trainer will make sure the trainee learn the correct pronunciation and accent before being recorded and can also repeat the recording until s/he gets it right.
An optional but highly recommended part of the MULTIMEDIA METHOD is the quick recording session towards the end of class. All the essential data learned will be recorded in either audio or video form (it's up to the trainee which one s/he prefers) and will be shared through USB together with the original AUDIO/VIDEO file mimicked, i.e. the native speaker's pronunciation and accent compared to each trainees.
In this way, the trainees can also listen or/and watch the files even beyond classroom hours.
With the multimedia method, the language materials are 'personalized' in accordance to each trainee's interests. Before the training starts, the trainees will be asked what their fields of interests are and their reasons for learning the preferred language so as to enable the trainer to prepare materials that will stimulate the interests of the students as well as motivate them to use whatever they have learned as often as they can.
Aside from the LANGUAGE MATERIALS which consist of text sheets and worksheets, the trainees will also receive the following:
1. PERSONAL FILE FORM in the target language (in a user-friendly format [facebook/myspace/friendster format]
2. A CUTE CALENDAR & CLOCK in the TL (target language) that will immerse the trainee right away in the TL and motivate him/her to learn all the days of the week, months of the year, numbers, seasons, time expressions etc.
3. A PROGRESS TRACKER - to track everything that has been accomplished - all the essential words, phrases and grammatical rules
Multimedia files such as audio files (i.e. mp3, wav etc), video files, games, softwares will also be shared through USB.
MORE SAMPLES COMING SOON.
For more information, please visit the MAIN BLOG: http://coolmultilingual.blogspot.com/