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Methodology

The Bilingüe English Method includes a combination of Natural Approach, Play-Based Learning and Total Physical Response designed for Infants and Early Primary, as well as Communicative, Direct and Task-Based Approaches fundamental to Late Primary, Secondary, Teen and Adult Programs.

Communicative Approach

With the Communicative Approach, all learner activities are guided by the goal of producing meaningful communication at all language levels using authentic materials. Learners often spend their time guided by the educators in making requests, talking about emotions and personal preferences, experiences and past events, listening to native speakers through story, song and other quality audio or visual texts, describing images and much more.

Natural Approach

The Natural Approach is similar to the Communicative Approach, but emphasizes communication as a means of gradually moving learners closer and closer toward mastery in listening, speaking, reading and writing. The natural approach acknowledges that speech production comes slowly and takes a lot of time to refine. That’s why it’s never forced or met with explicit error correction, drilling, or conscious learning of grammar rules. This approach is fundamental to our learners in the early stages of bilingual development.

Task-Based Language Learning

Popularized by N. S. Prabhu, Task-Based Learning emphasizes the use of authentic language and meaningful tasks that are highly relevant to the learners. These tasks are curated by the educators to be clearly defined and have some sort of gap for learners to bridge using the linguistic resources they have at their disposal: an information-gap (a transfer of given information from one person to another), a reasoning-gap (deriving some new information from given information), and opinion-gap (identifying and articulating a personal preference, feeling, or attitude). This approach offers learners a much broader exposure to language, which arises from the students’ real-life needs rather than from content in a textbook.

Direct Method

The Direct Method is similar to the Natural Approach but focuses more on practice in the target language to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Educators will use the target language for all communication but also include pantomime, images, and realia or model objects. This method is based on the idea that even emerging bilingual adults are learning in the same way they did as a child, with no prior way to communicate your idea verbally or written. This is to say, this method does not rely on translation. However, translanguaging may be appropriate for some learners in a limited way during some lesson stages. The goal of Direct Method is to get learners thinking in the target language, rather than trying to translate from one word to another.

Total Physical Response (TPR)

TPR was developed by James Asher, a professor emeritus of psychology at San José State University and is based on the research findings that show how spoken language combined with physical movement maximizes learning effectiveness. TPR is considered to be one of the best methods of learning a language for small children who are just learning basic vocabulary, but it can be used with students of all levels.

Play-Based Learning

With Play-based learning, the educator’s role is to motivate and encourage children to learn through interactions that expand their thinking. Through play, children can discover their own interests, abilities and limitations; they imagine, investigate and explore. They develop memory skills, build vocabulary, acquire knowledge and learn how to get on with adults and other children. Play, whether it is gameplay or other forms of play, creates an environment of low-pressure learning, allowing for failure to become a learning opportunity. Play creates trust and relationships, increasing cooperation and collaboration.