STEP-BY-STEP, THEME-BASED METHODOLOGY

In every lesson we teach you vocabulary and grammar to speak in a specific theme, In lesson four, for example, we teach you the language you may need to start a meeting. We teach using a building-block technique, teaching the theme a step at a time.

Warming up for the lesson theme

Engage

The Engage section of each lesson prepares you up for the lesson theme and content. This section gives you an opportunity to preview and make guesses about the theme. This is similar to stretching your legs before going for a run. You’ll start speaking right from this very first segment.

Building the foundation with vocabulary and grammar

ThemeVocab
In the ThemeVocab segment we teach you the vocabulary you need to understand and talk about the theme. This vocabulary also helps you understand the real-life business situation as shown in ThemeVideo. We teach you nouns, verbs and, if required, adjectives, and adverbs. For example, in the fourth lesson “How to Start a Meeting” we teach the relevant nouns, such as ‘agenda’, ‘minutes’ and verbs, such as ‘to open the meeting’.

ThemeGrammar
In the ThemeGrammar segment, we teach you a short grammar topic related to the lesson theme. In the fourth lesson, “How to Start a Meeting,” we teach you how to make formal and informal requests. This can help you request the attendance of coworkers at different levels in your organization.

Building upon the foundation with expressions and idioms

ThemeExpressions
After we teach you the basic vocabulary, we take you to the next step and teach you expressions in the ThemeExpressions segment. Expressions often have multiple words and are slightly more difficult. In the fourth lesson, you’ll learn a few expressions, such as ‘to be on the way’.

ThemeIdioms
One of the most difficult aspects of language learning is idioms. Idioms convey meaning that is not easy to understand when the words are directly translated. In the ThemeIdioms segment, we teach you a few idioms important to the lesson theme, such as “to get the ball rolling” from the fourth lesson.

Applying the vocabulary to speech

TalkTime
After you learn the basic vocabulary and expressions and idioms, it’s time to apply it to form complete sentences. In the TalkTime segment, we give you some help so that you can apply the expressions and idioms to real-life business situations. You will be forming complete sentences, such as “Let’s get the ball rolling by talking about the new project.”

ThemeVideo
All of the prior segments prepare the students for the ThemeVideo segment. Here you’ll see a short video showing a real-life business situation. You will try to answer a few questions to check your understanding of the video. Then you will read the script aloud along with the teacher and your classmate so that the teacher can check your pronunciation and intonation. In the fourth lesson “How to Start a Meeting” the video shows the Director of a team starting a meeting. When you understand this video and script well, you’ll be comfortable speaking in English in similar situation.

More conversation practice

ThemeConversation or FreeTalk
If time permits, you can further practice speaking in either the ThemeConversation or the FreeTalk segment.

In the ThemeConversation segment you speak about your own experiences, express your opinions, and discuss anything about the theme. For example, in the fourth lesson “How to Start a Meeting” you can tell how you or your coworkers normally start a meeting.

In the FreeTalk segment, you can discuss any topic that you choose. You can ask questions, discuss your week, or chat about any topic. This section helps you and your teacher make meaningful connections, which makes it easier to learn.

ThemeConversation and FreeConvo start in module 2, which is three months into the course.

Knowing the culture

Cultural Tips

Language takes its meaning and significance from the culture that uses it. If you want to learn a language and understand how to use it, you must study the culture that speaks it. So in each lesson we teach you Cultural Tips that explain either American or business cultural topics. In the fourth lesson, How to Start a Meeting, you learn about the direct style of American communication and how Americans behave in a meeting.