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Use of passive learning of separate language components is less efficient than modern active learning of all components concurrently. Let's consider why the common belief about no shortcuts has penetrated the belief system of teachers and educators. All traditional methods of teaching English consider language as information to be remembered. They dissect the language into individual components and teach reading, writing, pronunciation, speaking, and grammar separately. In this environment of passive learning, a learner needs to spend four or five years of hard work to speak fluently.
We spend years in school learning a lot of subjects. Schools teach most subjects using textbooks, lectures, notes, memorization, and tests. The only problem is that language skills cannot be learned in this way, any more than you can learn to play the guitar or drive a car by reading or even memorizing the instruction manuals. That is why after learning English for three-plus years, you are still not able to communicate in it fluently.
English is not a knowledge set to be memorized; rather it is a skill to be acquired by practicing under guided instruction or by using mobile application with the new pedagogy of active learning. The problem is that active learning was invented recently and is unknown to teachers or educators. Google contains only eight references on "active learning of English skills," and they all point to the Language Bridge Technology.
In the conventional language class, a student has just a few minutes to participate in interaction; the remaining time is passive listening, which seldom improves communication skills. Language Bridge Technology uses integrated learning: a combination of self-teaching, using an Android application, and guided learning. This method provides an unprecedented opportunity for EFL learners to speak 5-10 times more than in a conventional class. LBT creates the environment for acquiring language patterns and intuitive grammar while re-enacting familiar situations exclusively in English. This opens in a learner the ability to express thoughts and feelings in English without reverting to cross-translation.
Learners experience the language not only by making use of their imaginative memory but also through performing speech shadowing using headsets, an activity that employs their preferred senses. Speech shadowing lets them first recognize and then imitate all English phonemes correctly. This, in turn, contributes enormously to their native-like pronunciation, intonation, and fluency. The patented Language Bridge Technology (LBT) restores the innate ability of adults to learn English as a Foreign Language by turning off cross-translation and activating learners' capacity for subconscious learning. LBT is the first application that creates the environment for self-directed acquisition of language skills. The LBT application delivers the tool that turns off the natural habit of thinking in the native language.
The LBT approach precludes learning separate words or components of English, like listening skills, reading or conversational skills. Instead, it creates the environment for acquiring all language skills (reading, listening, speaking, writing, and pronunciation) concurrently in the process of reenacting familiar situations exclusively in English. With the LBT application, the learner starts speaking actively before he or she understands the rules of grammar or remember vocabulary lists. LBT activates the right- and left-brain functions through a precisely ordered series of steps. The LBT methodology creates a stress-free training environment instead of the stressful learning and memorization of traditional methods.