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.
Find a school in which you can teach foreign languages from our coursebooks.
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:
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.
If you want to see more, log into the School Zone. You will find a full version of the training video for teachers there.
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.
THE COURSEBOOKS AND TEACHING MATERIALS
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.
Each coursebook contains 7-8 modules, all new words accompanied by phonetic transcription, additional grammar exercises, a vocabulary index as well as a recording of new words, questions and answers in MP3 format.
For each of the titles on offer, you can buy Student’s Books and Teacher’s Books as well as Visuals for Book 1.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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HOW TO CONDUCT LESSONS FROM THE COURSEBOOKS?
Our coursebooks are based on the principles of the direct method which means that:
On our website you can watch a film with extracts from lessons conducted by teachers trained to teach with the direct method.
The Teacher’s Academy contains numerous short videos presenting various aspects and technical details of the direct method.
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. The explanations and training videos provided in the Teacher’s Academy will also be very helpful.
The following activities may be helpful in improving teaching skills:
The Internet platform is an e-learning program which contains exercises corresponding to the units in Direct Language Lab 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.
The website of the Internet platform is https://dlhub.eu.
The commands and vocabulary translations are available in 10 language versions.
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.
Once you register and log into the platform you are able to test the courses using 1-day free access.
After registering a new account and logging in, the student can gain access by using the discount coupon that they can find in their coursebook. The discount coupon is valid for 10 months.
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.
Yes, you have to register before using the programme.
Your online course has the same name as the title of your coursebook. For example: English designed with Direct Method.
Log into the platform and open your online course, for example: English designed with Direct Method.
choose your Book and the Unit or scan the QR code from your coursebook or type in the link in the search bar (available for a limited number of titles).
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.
Currently we provide four mobile applications.
The WORDS application 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 PRACTISE application 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 PRACTISE app is a set of a few simple exercises for each group of words to help you learn vocabulary faster.
The Interactive Coursebook DLL Ebook application. The app enables you to access 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!
The DLL DICTIONARY application has been designed for students attending language courses based on the Direct Language Lab coursebooks. The application is a convenient, interactive dictionary with the vocabulary arranged according to the coursebook. It contains all the words from the book. Dictionary enables users to listen to the pronunciation of each word. The pronunciation was recorded by native speakers. The translations are hidden by default so that students can try and check if they remember the meanings of the words.
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. Open the app and scan the code to automatically open the right place and practise the words or grammar you need.
All our mobile applications are available for Android and iOS.
The applications: DLL Dictionary, WORDS and PRACTISE are free of charge. The DLL Ebook app requires you first enter the discount coupon in the website https://dlhub.eu. Otherwise, you need to pay for the book you want to use.