Learners test themselves after they complete each lesson by putting on earphones with a microphone and saying a few sentences on any topic ignited by the word that drops down randomly from the word cloud. The learner continues testing for at least twenty words before starting work on the next lesson. The built-in reading and speaking fluency tests, along with testing active vocabulary, provide gamification elements that younger learners are accustomed to from the games they play on their devices. This drill helps learners develop the habit of automatic speech and thinking in English. Passing test after test strengthens students’ faith in the method and gives them a positive feeling of success.
Support in the native language discourages cross-translation by showing contextual translation for ten seconds only. Male and female voices pronounce the word. This helps form a link between the English word and the image or situation the word describes. Support in the native language, making lessons and drills understandable, ensures stress-free training. The lessons in the LBT program are unified by a gradually developing plot that increases learners' emotional engagement.
Each lesson has three types of texts:
1. Lesson and drills recorded in Special English by a native speaker.
2. Text added by the learner or a teacher makes the application
interactive and suitable for vocational training.
3. Inspirational poem recorded by a native speaker. Without emotional
engagement, there can be no learning.
The learner can work with new lessons the same way as with the prerecorded lessons: speaking simultaneously with the robot while reading the text and listening to the robot reading it. The learner may put the cursor at any place in the text and start listening from that point as many times as needed to develop the skill of automatic speech.
Support in Mandarin ensures a stress-free environment. It
discourages cross-translation by showing contextual translation for ten seconds only. All lessons have support in the native language that is organized to eliminate cross-translation. When the user taps on any word of the lesson in the application, a window appears on the display with a contextual translation (only one meaning!) into Mandarin, and the word is pronounced twice by native English speakers (woman’s and man’s voice), to facilitate forming a direct link between the English words and the images or situations which the words describe.
Learners start speaking actively before they have learned the rules of grammar or memorized lists of words. The introduction of Special English (reading one-third slower than regular speech) helps to make the conversation understandable even to beginners and eliminates the fear of speaking. Adults who begin learning a new language may find that they do not have the ability to recognize the language's phonemes; for them, use of regular speech will cause too much frustration and fear. Special English helps new learners recognize, then imitate, and finally, produce English words correctly.
Inspirational poems recorded by a native speaker provide extra engagement. After multiple simultaneous repetitions of the poem you will be able to recite it by heart, the way you learn your favorite songs. When a learner completes the repetition without omissions or mistakes, the program suggests making a final repetition of the text – this time without listening to the robot. LBT application records the learner’s reading, and the learner has can share the recording via social networking or by attaching it to an email to send it to the teacher. The program automatically determines reading fluency and gives recommendations on improving reading skills.
LBT teaches through a no-grammar, no-memorization approach that activates the left and right brain simultaneously and restores the innate human ability to learn a new language by providing a brain-compatible learning approach. This matches the habits of Digital Learners who prefer self-teaching and social networking while learning.
Priming implicit memory
Each lesson starts with a Word Cloud. In this drill, learners observe the words appearing on the display randomly from the lesson while relaxing music plays for about a minute. The Word Cloud strengthens subconscious learning by invoking “retention without remembering.” Learners recognize the new words and transfer them to long-term memory when they start working on other drills using simultaneous repetition of the recording while reading the text and listening to the recording. Subconscious active learning is more efficient than conscious memorization.
This Android application, available in Google and Tencent Play stores, restores the innate ability of Chinese adults to learn English as a foreign language (EFL) by using Active Learning. It eliminates the negative effects of prior language-learning experiences and blocks cross-translation by forming direct links between images and the English words describing them.
The LBT application lets learners add lessons of their own selection by copying any text from the Internet and using the high-quality voice robot for simultaneous repetition of the lesson added by a learner or a teacher. The text could be added from any source or input manually thus making the application interactive and suitable for vocational training.
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