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The success in learning a foreign language depends largely on the teacher. Coursebooks and additional materials are certainly important but they will not substitute the teacher. Our company aims at every teacher collecting as much information about the method and methodology as possible. We would like to ensure that every teacher has access to necessary and good training and additional materials so that they can teach effectively.

1. Direct method

The obvious objective of the direct method is to teach the skill of communication in a foreign language. The method achieves this by minimizing the use of the mother tongue during the lesson, as well as through training linguistic reflexes. This leads to thinking in the target language, and hence, the ease of using the target language in practice is gained.

The method achieves strong emphasis on practice and oral training – listening and speaking. About 80% of lesson time is oral practice with the lesson consisting of a controlled dialogue in which the teacher asks questions based on previously introduced vocabulary and grammar. In this way, the new material is learned both in practice and in proper context.

Language lessons by means of the direct method are conducted almost exclusively in a foreign language.

Instructions are given by the teacher in a foreign language. The teacher also avoids translation into the student’s language. In further parts of the lesson, the new questions include currently introduced vocabulary or grammar, whereas the rest of the material is already familiar to the student from previous lessons.

Asking questions and answering them in small groups of students is probably the most commonly known way of learning for centuries. An intensive exchange of questions and answers between the teacher and the student serves the objective of mastering linguistic habits. The student gains automaticity of answers thanks to the imitation of full phrases and sentences.

The teacher puts strong emphasis on the accuracy of the answers in terms of pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar, which fosters proper linguistic habits, and also motivates students to pay attention to producing flawless sentences.

Language learning is faster and much more efficient thanks to regular revision. In the direct method, a significant amount of lesson time is devoted to strictly organized revision of material; hence, students remember numerous amounts of vocabulary and grammar items quickly and for longer.

The pre-defined system of revision involves students’ multiple contact with each part of the material – starting from revision at the beginning of each lesson, through readings and grammar lessons, to revisions of greater parts of the material before exams.

You can also watch a film to find out more about the advantages of the method:

2. Schools Zone

Make sure that your school has access to the School Zone. If, for any reasons, you do not have the access code to the zone, ask your language school to contact us immediately.

In the School Zone you will find many additional materials which are indispensable and helpful in teaching with our coursebooks.

3. Teacher training
Watch the film below to see extracts from lessons conducted by teachers trained by our company.

If you want to see more, log into the School Zone. You will find a full version of the training video for teachers there.

4. Access to modern technology

Please keep in mind that every learner who uses our coursebooks gains access to free mobile applications and hundreds of online exercises in the DLHUB platform, dedicated specifically to language courses based on our textbooks.

Remind your students to regularly use the applications and online exercises. It can lead to a substantial shortening of the learning process.

 

FAQ

THE COURSEBOOKS AND TEACHING MATERIALS

How many English designed with DIRECT Method coursebooks are there?

Books 1 to 6 take the student from the complete beginner to the upper-intermediate level, while Books 7-9 are for the advanced student.

What does the coursebook contain?

Each coursebook contains 7-8 modules, all new words accompanied by phonetic transcription, additional grammar exercises, a vocabulary index, and a CD (new words, questions and answers recorded in MP3 format).

What teaching materials can I buy from the Publisher?

For each of the titles on offer, you can buy Student’s Books and Teacher’s Books as well as Visuals for Book 1.

What teaching materials will I get for free?

Each school receives a set of teaching materials in electronic form (available in the Schools Zone in our website) including sets of stage exams, placement tests, a set of illustrations for Book 1 and many others.

What is available in the School Zone?

Almost 1000 files with various additional teaching materials for our coursebooks are available in the Schools Zone. The School receives the access code after signing the cooperation contract. The Schools Zone is a convenient solution because you are able to download materials whenever you need them and it is clear what is available at the moment.

How can I gain access to the School Zone?

Once you sign the contract with us and place your first order, you will receive your login and password which will enable you to use the School Zone.

Who can gain access to the School Zone?

Only school owners and authorized persons can gain access and use the School Zone. The School Zone contains tests and exams and therefore unauthorized entry must be denied.

How can I send my comments concerning the coursebooks or teaching materials?

We will be glad to read any comments you may have concerning our products. To share your opinions with us, please email info@dllab.eu.

 

HOW TO CONDUCT LESSONS FROM THE COURSEBOOKS?

What exactly does it mean that the coursebooks are based on the direct method?

Our coursebooks are based on the principles of the direct method which means that:

  • new vocabulary and grammar structures are practiced in questions and anwers
  • language lessons are conducted almost exclusively in a foreign language
  • we put strong emphasis on practice and oral training – listening and speaking
  • a significant amount of lesson time is devoted to a strictly organized revision of material; hence, students remember numerous vocabulary and grammar items fast and for longer
Can I see a direct method lesson?

On our website you can watch a film with extracts from lessons conducted by teachers trained to teach with the direct method.

If you want to watch more log into the School Zone. You will find a full version of four training videos for teachers there.

Should every teacher attend trainings?

Yes, every teacher who would like to effectively teach from our coursebooks should be able to use the principles of the direct method in practice. Such skills should be gained through participating in internal trainings organized by schools. Training videos we provide can be greatly helpful.

How can I improve my teaching skills?

The following activities may be helpful in improving teaching skills:

  • evaluating class inspections run by experienced teachers or head teachers
  • recording and analyzing lessons
  • watching other teachers’ classes
  • participating in trainings

 

INTERNET PLATFORM

What is the Internet platform?

The Internet platform is an e-learning program which contains exercises corresponding to the units in English designed with Direct Method coursebooks. Students can consolidate the already learnt material, catch up if they fall behind or revise the material before a stage exam in a very attractive and modern way.

What is the website of the Internet platform?

The website of the Internet platform is ww.dlhub.eu.

What are the language versions available for the Internet platform?

The commands and vocabulary translations are available in 10 language versions which can be easily changed by clicking the flag in the top bar on the screen.

What devices are recommended to use the Internet platform?

The Internet platform website is fully responsive which means you can conveniently study the online courses on any device, including your computer, tablet or smartphone. The screen will automatically adapt to the device in use.

How can I test the platform?

Once you register and log into the platform you are able to test the courses using 1-day free access.

How can students gain access to their e-learning course so that they can do the online exercises?

After registering a new account and logging in, the student should go to the COURSES page and gain access by using the discount coupon that they can find in their coursebook. The discount coupon is valid for 10 months.

Do the students need to pay for the access to the Internet platform?

All the students who purchase our coursebooks are granted free access to the Internet platform. Individual discount coupons are printed in the coursebooks. Each coupon is valid for 10 months.

Do I need to register before I can use the Internet platform?

Yes, you have to register and then click the activation link that you will receive by email before using the programme.

How do I find my online course?

Your online course has the same name as the title of your coursebook. For example: English designed with Direct Method.

How do I find the place I want to go to in the online course?

log into the platform and open your online course, for example: English designed with Direct Method.
choose your Book and the Unit scan the QR code from your coursebook or type in the link in the search bar (available for limited number of titles)

Can teachers or the school see students’ progress in the Internet platform?

Yes, at the very beginning of our cooperation the school will receive their agent access to the programme where they can manage discount coupons and see their students’ progress.

It is important, however, that prior to seeing your students’ progress the school needs to connect the discount coupons from the books purchased to the agent account.

 

MOBILE APPLICATIONS

What mobile applications does the publisher provide?

Currently we provide three mobile applications.

The application WORDS has been designed for the English designed with Direct Method coursebook series 1-6. This application contains all the vocabulary from your coursebook, including the pronunciation and translations. The app will enable you to record words, analyze and practise your pronunciation. It is a great tool to improve your accent. The vocabulary in the app WORDS appears in the same order as in the coursebook.

 

The application PRACTISE has been designed for the English designed with Direct Method coursebook series 1-6. This application contains all the vocabulary from your coursebook, organised in thematic categories, which should facilitate revising words, especially before exams. The app PRACTISE is a set of a few simple exercises for each group of words to help you learn vocabulary faster

 

The Interactive Coursebook application. The app enables you to purchase interactive coursebooks. You can learn the correct pronunciation thanks to the recordings of all words, explanations as well as questions and answers. You can listen to all the words, explanations as well as answers and questions recorded by native speakers.You can view and hide the vocabulary translations as well as answers to the questions in order to study in an active and effective manner!

How can I use the QR codes printed in the coursebooks?

Thanks to the QR codes printed in the coursebooks you can easily and conveniently access the material you are looking for in the mobile applications. Scan the code to automatically open the right place and practise the words or grammar you need.

What systems are mobile applications available for?

All our mobile applications are available for Android and iOS.

How much are the applications?

The applications WORDS and PRACTISE are free of charge. The application Interactive coursbooks needs you to pay for the coursebook you want to use.

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