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Avrupa Dil Egitim Merkezi's teachers are led to step away from their idea of a flunked academic system that never helped them learn to speak a language when they were at school and to do things in a way completely different.

By making a comparision between my own personal experience as a student at school and my personal way of teaching English(as many other Avrupa Dil Egitim Merkezi fs teachers do) I can notice several things that I did differently to the traditional academic approach to the language:
I always taught in English to my students without any exceptions(from the beginners to the advanced ones), even if I could speak the local language fluently.
In this way, my students were forced to communicate and express themselves in English as they were in an everyday-life situation. They didn ft see me as a list of rules or a dictionary but as an actual human being.

There are many traditional academic courses that teach by using the mother tongue of the students, but this makes the learning of a language more artificial and theoretical, detouched from the reality.
I never introduced grammar by using fixed schemes and technical terminology(words like past simple, past modals, ellipsis etc...) but I appealed for help of examples in such a way it didn ft look like grammar. I simply don ft care about long and useless discussions about cases, adjective agreement and many other things. Grammar should be taught in a comunicative context, otherwise it turns to be boring.
Especially with the children, Avrupa Dil Egitim Merkezi fs teachers leave apart the static idea of classroom in order to make it a game. So what is the reason of abandoning copybooks ,blackboards, homework and replacing them with puzzle, dances, activities? Simply because it fs more fun and students seem to be willing to participate. This method works just as well with adults (of course without using dolls or animal toys).

My job as an English teacher doesn ft mean only entering a classroom and teaching, in fact I can say that the thing I like the most about my job is to play with students in an useful way. For example, one day I dressed up as a policeman and went searching for the thief but I made sure to introduce important vocabolary along the way and to correct their mistakes.
Positive rather than negative feedback. My students would always be encouraged and I would always congratulate them for their efforts, even the small ones.
They should not feel embarassed by the corrections ( added in subtly) because what I remember the most about my German classes was the feeling of being wrong and stupid only because of the marking system that underlined my mistakes without focusing on progress. This sick system made me hate a language that i could have loved if I had been in a more encouraging environment. Personal touch In the traditional classrooms you can easily find the teacher at the blackboard or maybe next to the students in order to criticise their work. In more interactive( and in my opinion more effective) classrooms the teacher is part of the games, an ally that sits down with them to give them support. Teaching should be more human! When teachers are closer to their students, school results are better.