Why doesn’t the language we learn in class match what we hear in the street?
This is a serious problem for learners of English and one of the most common questions faced by EFL teachers.
There are many answers. Including:
- Because my teaching is very old-fashioned,
- Because I am using poorly prepared materials,
- Because we don’t really bother to think things through when we are preparing our courses!
None of these would apply to classes at HELLO! – Learning English in the Heart of England, where classes are well-thought-through, relevant to modern usage and tailormade for your individual linguistic and personal needs.
While there is a grain of truth in the above – in other institutions, I hasten to add – the real reason is, of course, that courses tend to be taught prescriptively, because it is simpler. This uses an approach which says: “Say it like this. This is the correct way.”
It requires a great deal of pedagogic experience and linguistic understanding to design courses using an approach that is both clear, descriptive and up-to-date.
That is what we try to do at HELLO! in Birmingham.
We think it works. Thankfully, so do our students!