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Digital Learners require a student-centered approach and integrated learning, in which the teacher plays the role of a coach, guide, or facilitator. Training of language skills is in sharp divergence from teaching a foreign language as information to be remembered. Ricardo Simmler describes the need for this transition very well: “The role of the teacher needs to be based on supporting learning, not forcing learning. Teachers inspire and we need passionate people in that role who can organize learning. No more teaching – please!”
More than 90% of students use mobile technology to study. If a student has the choice of studying using a textbook or a mobile device, he or she definitely will choose the mobile device. LBT is designed for use on mobile devices and incorporates new technical features brought into our life by mobile technology.
Each lesson contains three types of texts:
The learner uses the new text added by a learner or teacher for simultaneous speech shadowing while listening to computer-generated, natural-sounding voice read the text. LBT ensures active learning since learners start speaking in the new language from the first moment before they have learned grammar rules or vocabulary.
In the process of re-experiencing familiar situations in a foreign language (support in the native language is available), the learners acquire intuitive grammar and language patterns. In other words, the learner acquires the language skills subconsciously and quickly because the main barrier in acquiring language skills—subconscious cross-translation into and from native language—is turned off automatically. This new method is effective because of its patented concurrent triple activity: reading, listening and speaking at the same time in a foreign language.
In a class using LBT, the learners work in pairs using the same application they use at home; they are speaking with and teaching each other most of the time. The language trainer answers questions that learners may have and creates practical situations to demonstrate or clarify difficult language points. LBT also lets learners share the results of language training with friends or teachers using social networks from within the LBT application.
Characteristics of Integrated Learning
Language Bridge Technology is integrated with the digital learners’ tablets, smartphones and social media programs that every learner uses many hours a day. It is also associated with an active learning of English skills which are more efficient than passive learning or memorization of information about the language.