Learn English Effectively at Shane
We believe the best way to learn English is to use it in real world scenarios. This is why the Communicative Method is used throughout Shane English Schools. In lessons students actively participate in discussions and activities that allow them to practise their English pronunciation and intonation.
This is often a very different method to what students are used to. However, research and our own extensive experience has shown that an active, communicative learning style in pairs or groups is extremely effective in helping students learn English. Due to the high-level of exposure to English, this method has been found to greatly improve students’ vocabulary, grammar and confidence.
Our 500,000+ alumni are a testament to the effectiveness of our teaching. Shane teachers know how English is most effectively learned. Although grammar is analysed, teachers do not simply explain grammar to students. Instead, they demonstrate the meaning of the language through interesting, fun, and meaningful activities in which all students can fully participate.
A variety of methods and materials, including the use of texts, listening extracts and situational presentations, with an emphasis on context, are used to help students fully comprehend the meaning. Once established, teachers clarify and check the meaning further through the use of visual and communicative techniques such as ‘time lines’ and concept-checking questions.
Learning pronunciation is a very important part of Shane courses. Phonics is taught from elementary-level onwards. We help our students with individual sounds, stress, intonation, blending and connected speech.
Sentence patterns and vocabulary will be marked for stress by teachers (for example showing when words change from being verbs or nouns: compare “to record” / “a record”.)
Intonation, weak forms and connected speech are taught through drilling and language practice activities.
Teachers prepare activities which help students with accuracy and fluency. Activities to help students with accuracy often concentrate on particular sentence patterns or aspects of language.
Fluency activities involve much more than one sentence or item of language and are always communicative.
Students eventually learn how to take part in class discussions and debates, and to write emails, reports and short written stories.
Teachers often use textbooks and CDs for listening and reading activities. Activities focus on helping students to develop skills and strategies to aid understanding of what they are reading or listening to.
Students learn how to listen and read for general understanding and specific information. Teachers introduce topics using discussions to make lessons interesting and to promote language use and communication.