Going Mobile for Acquisition of EFL skills

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We have 1.2 billion learners of English as a foreign language (EFL) in the world; it means that we can’t meet this unprecedented demand using only teachers following the conventional methods, which they were taught. The only other option is integrated learning, i.e. a combination of self-teaching using web-apps or apps on smartphone and online or offline classes with teachers who use the same approach that is used for web-apps. The ratio between self-study and teacher-guided training (better word than teaching) varies between 10 and 90%, depending if he or she is individual or a corporation employee.

There are 400 million EFL learners in China and 100,000 native English speakers teaching English and more than 3,000 companies offering English classes. It is obvious that available resources could not meet the demand of every fourth Chinese to learn English. A fascinating coincidence: 25% of the global population speaks in English and 25% of China population learns English.

Conventional methods of teaching EFL are passive. In a language class with 20 students, each student participates in active conversation between one and two minutes only. The remaining time is passive listening to the teacher’s explanations or other students’ conversations; it explains the low retention rate. How can we increase the time of active conversation in a class for each student? Introduce integrated learning that allows increasing the time of active conversation in a class for each student 5-10-fold. Technically, it is quite possible.

If you want to know more about integrated learning I invite you to watch the recording of my presentation at International online conference MMVC14 that took place in August 2014.


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