Learning English Curriculum began in 1990 when we, George and Daisy Stocker, traveled to the historic city of Karlovy Vary in Czechoslovakia, to teach English in a private language school. Communism was over and the people were embarking along the road to democracy. There were hundreds of students eager to learn the English Language, but suitable textbooks were non-existent.
Consequently, we wrote as we taught, making countless revisions as we listened to the students’ special needs. We will always be grateful for the welcome we were given, especially by Helena Zrustová, the director of the English Center. This series is used in her school up to the present time.
Upon returning to our home in Victoria, Canada, we have adapted the adult series to meet the cultural needs of students in Brazil, El Salvador, and The Ukraine. The children’s series is being re-written to meet the needs of the Chinese culture where the children begin school at a very young age. All these adaptations have been achieved through communication with, and often travel to the country of the culture involved.
Learning English Curriculum is a conversational approach to English. It stresses communication in a variety of everyday situations. Reading and writing are included in each lesson, but listening and speaking are given the greatest emphasis. In the adult series, suitable for students of 13 years and older, basic grammar is introduced sequentially, then practiced in a variety of oral activities and written exercises.
Our experiences in Eastern Europe, Brazil, El Salvador and China have shown us the importance of adapting the content of the lessons to reflect the student’s cultural environment. Although students want to study material about other countries, they also want to see and discuss their own heroes. This motivates and enhances understanding.
Children of 12 and under learn a second language through listening and imitating. At that age their learning abilities are specially adapted to languages. Learning their first language is a natural part of their growth and development. Learning English With Laughter centers on these special abilities, providing constant student participation through games, activities and dramas set in an imaginative and stimulating context.
As with the adult books, we have found it necessary to make major changes to accommodate cultural differences. The Chinese culture, for example, approaches childhood learning in a way that is very different from the West. At Learning English Curriculum, we make every attempt to understand these differences through communication with the people and teachers of the target culture.
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A Conversational Approach
What is a Conversational Approach to English?
A conversational approach to English as a Second Language (ESL) is an instructional method that focuses on developing the ability to communicate effectively in English through conversation and dialogue. Instead of solely focusing on grammar rules and vocabulary memorization, this approach emphasizes real-life communication skills and encourages students to practice speaking, listening, and interacting in English in a natural and conversational way.
In a conversational ESL approach, students are encouraged to engage in meaningful conversations with other students and instructors through activities such as role-plays, discussions, debates, and group projects. The emphasis is on using English in authentic situations and learning how to express oneself effectively, rather than simply memorizing and regurgitating phrases or sentences.
The goal of a conversational approach is to develop fluency and confidence in using English in everyday situations. Students are encouraged to express their thoughts, opinions, and ideas in English, and instructors provide feedback and guidance to help improve their language skills. This approach also promotes active listening skills, as students must understand and respond to their conversation partners in real-time.
By focusing on conversation, this approach helps students develop not only their speaking and listening skills but also their vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation. Students learn how to use English in a meaningful and contextually appropriate way, which helps them become more effective communicators in both social and professional settings.