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Tailor-Made Language Courses
October 29, 2010   
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Lingua Optima is a method enabling teachers to find out more about students and their learning needs, goals and style of learning. This means that students on courses offered by the Lingua Nova language school learn more quickly and effectively.

The very first class involves an in-depth analysis of the group’s needs. Every student’s individual goals are identified and written down according to the SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time Limit) principle. Thanks to this, the course program can include extra elements stemming from the analysis of needs and expectations and also from a self-assessment questionnaire. At further stages of learning, students and their teacher monitor progress in achieving the listed objectives.

“We use the Lingua Optima method to teach general and general-business courses at the school’s premises,” says Anna Kamont, a methodologist at Lingua Nova. “Our students are mostly working adults, people able to specify how long they can study at home and list which skills are their top priority. The first class is the best moment to identify this.”

Lingua Nova students also fill out a multi-intelligence test which helps identify personal preferences and learning style, or what type of student they are. “With complete information from the questionnaire and the psychological test results, the teacher knows more about the group, and this enables him or her to make many accurate decisions to ensure learning is quicker and more effective,” Kamont explains.

Learning at Lingua Nova is not just quick and effective but also pleasant. The school’s methodologists work hard to make sure that students of foreign languages develop their general knowledge of social and cultural issues. During classes the teachers touch on current events in Poland and around the world. All groups starting from the pre-intermediate level have two meetings per semester with a native speaker. For a change, these sessions do not involve learning about correct conditional sentences or pronunciation but discussions on everyday life in a foreign country, its problems and customs.

Magdalena Fabijańczuk
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