Author Topic: Do you use unconventional English learning methods and products?  (Read 1903 times)

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Offline Bercutt

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I believe English communicative integrated skills courses that practise listening, speaking, reading and writing alongside pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary are the most effective and the most comprehensive courses. There is no valid reason to reject those acclaimed successfully tested courses worldwide as inferior to untested unconventional English learning products like English Harmony (creator Robby Kukurs), Language Bridge or Effortless English that are not widely used by learners worldwide. Creators of such products are in the tiny minority of doubters inventing allegedly easier, quicker and more effective language learning methods and products, but the evidence and verified facts are not on their side. Conventional communicative English teaching and learning that include adequate regular long-term practice in listening comprehension and speaking English yield effective results. Lack of such practice in English by learners produces speculations that conventional English learning and teaching methods don't work.

I've received some messages from people advocating unconventional English learning methods and promoting English learning products of that kind. I've explored some of their websites that contain a number of learners' comments. Supporters of unconventional learning methods and products claim that learning grammar is unnecessary and inhibits fluent speaking.
A growing number of learners are misled and lose time experiencing delay in language learning progress because of superficial claims of promoters of unconventional English learning methods and products. Therefore I've launched a campaign to discuss those highly important issues in teaching and learning ESL/EFL.
I disagree with those speculative claims of supporters of unconventional learning methods and products as knowledge of grammar rules logically reduces making mistakes by learners. Without adequate knowledge of English grammar rules learners often cannot create their own grammatically correct sentences and often cannot understand what they read or hear in English exactly.

In my opinion, those unconventional ESL/EFL products mentioned in the preceding message are mediocre and expensive products for developing English listening and speaking skills in terms of comprehensive conversational content, speaking activities (tasks) for learners and thematic vocabulary.
I've read enough about those products and I've received responses to my inquiry (to my questions) about their usefulness from many people knowledgeable in ESL/EFL issues and only then I made my conclusions about them.
Using those unconventional ESL/EFL products alone won’t make a learner a fluent English speaker. There are a lot of free and much better materials on the Internet and other products for sale for developing English listening and speaking skills. I can provide learners of English with a list of highly helpful resources (websites, audio, video, books, etc.) for learning and practising all English language aspects and skills.

 

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