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News

The Launch

18/06/2014

bespoke languages tuition is due the launch on 8th September. The team has been selected and we are finalising processes and protocols. The best language tuition in Dorset. Our educational services curriculum has been developed and completed. It's now time to spread languages throughout Bournemouth and Poole.

 

Here we come ...! Look out for us!

 

Articles

Learning a Second Language

18/06/2014

Learning a second language is like learning to ride a bike, do up your laces, or drive a car. The language learning process is precisely the same as the processes involved in developing any skill.

To develop skills we must proceduralise the knowledge we have in our long term memory. Before any knowledge, or memory, is proceduralised, it is held in our long term memory as declarative knowledge, e.g. Paris is the capital of France. Declarative knowledge is fact-based. However, skills do not produce any answers to any questions, per se; rather, each individual piece of declarative knowledge, when repeated and recycled, attaches itself to an imaginary piece of string; this string constitutes each individual fact becoming part of a larger, systematically arranged whole. By practising, repeating, recycling and reviewing, we are able to develop skills; when it comes to language learning, this manifests itself in fluency.

What implications does this have for language tutoring? Above all, language tutors must develop their tutees' ability to 'produce'. To achieve this, they must be given opportunity. This means following a PPP format - presentation, practice and production. After new language item has been presented, orally, by hand-out, aurally, or otherwise, tutors must give tutees controlled practice - matching activities, gap fills, synonyms, opposites, etc, and this MUST be 'completed' using productive activities in the third, most important phase, where the language items 'stick'. Real communication is the objective. Tutees must be given the opportunity to use the language they have 'learnt' in context, in either (or both) written or spoken form. Focussed questions and answers, targeted creative writing, or a tailored presentation using the language items covered are all effective techniques.

In final analysis, the PPP format has been shown to be most effective again and again in research into Applied Linguistics (e.g. Krashen's 'Theory of Second Language Acquisition' and David Nunan's 'Model of Real Communication'). Tutors should familiarise themselves with this research and think of clever ways to incorporate its principles into their languae tutoring.

 

Cooperation

Language Schools and State Schools

18/06/2014

bespoke languages tuition is looking to build mutually beneficial relationships with local language and state schools. We have highly qualified and experienced tutors who can support and develop the languages studied at school - all ages, levels and abilities. We have had great success at 'turning pupils around' and have regularly turned predicted Ds into As at GCSE and A-Level. We offer bespoke lessons to international students, which would usefully complement the ESOL courses they are attending in local language schools. All our tutors are DELTA qualified. We know that many language schools struggle to be able to offer one-to-one tuition, so let us do it for you.

We can offer language schools, which provide us with support work, groups of international students who have applied to study with us, as we cannot accommodate groups larger than three, and, of course, their results will be reflected in the success of our partner language schools. The support we can provide local state schools is of a similar vein. We can help improve your results too!

If you are interested in exploring how bespoke languages tuition can help you and your school, please contact us directly and ask to speak with Aaron Neame (School Principal).