• Communicative Approach

    At IELTT we use the Communicate Approach to teach our students. This is a teaching methodology that you might not be familiar with and which might seem strange and unusual at first. But once you have taken a course with us, you will see how effective it is and how much you will enjoy teaching English with it as a methodology.

    Most people would agree that students will learn more successfully, with more ease and with more enjoyment if they are interested in what they are learning, and this is at least as true for English language learners as much as anyone! Many of us find it really easy to remember things that interest us, and prefer not to think about things we have little or no interest in.

    So what does this mean for an English lesson?

    English classes in schools that use the Communicative Approach are interactive, varied and engaging. This means that students might discuss a film, might perform a role play or might even go outside and ask people questions in the street.

    The teacher’s role in the classroom is less that of a lecturer, and more one of a facilitator. They set the scene, ask some guiding questions and then let students communicate in a safe and supportive environment, while still correcting and taking note of errors to discuss later. Traditionally teachers have been there to impart knowledge, with little or no input from their students. Many students are used to this type of student-teacher interaction yet this does not take into account what students themselves know already and what they enjoy learning about.

    A successful Communicative Approach English class will leave students feeling empowered, motivated and excited about their next English class and that is why we employ this approach at IELTT.