How did we learn English and were taught English at Regent School in London.
Everybody knows that the best way to learn a language is to go to the country, where it is spoken. So did we. We had an opportunity to learn English in London. It was a great idea and the fastest way to improve our English skills. We used it in everyday life. Our teachers -native speakers were working with us five hours a day to improve our knowledge, skills and confidence in using English.
The programme of Regent School has five complementary elements - skills training, grammar, knowledge for global community, language focus and spoken performance workshop. They gave us the tools we need to use English as an international language. In the classes we worked on vocabulary, prepared and did dramatic presentation and debated on various issues. We were learning grammar to communicate more clearly and to improve our writing skills.
The teachers were friendly and nice. They motivated us to work and matched their teaching methods with the skills that we wanted to develop at the moment. The mistakes were corrected without interrupting the student in mid-sentence. Thanks to the stress free atmosphere in the classes we were learning more quickly. We are now more motivated to continue improving English and using it if need be, e.g. at work.
- Jarosław Piersiala, Marta Domagała
We spent a really fruitful time participating in a course for English teachers at Regent School in London. We had an opportunity to brush up methodology of EFL focusing especially on error correction, pronunciation and intonation, teaching grammar, reading, vocabulary, writing, using modern technology and more. We also had a lot of speaking activities and listening comprehension including authentic materials from different varieties of English. Also, we compared our education system with similar ones in our classmates’ countries, exchanging ideas how to teach teenagers in a global village. Apart from that, we revised some Scots Gaelic expressions and learnt new phrases of everyday use. What is more, we benefited from the social programme taking part in trips to Oxford, Stradford upon Avon, Glastonbury and Cheddar Gorge.
We concentrated on lexical items concerning names of food and ordering drinks, types of transport and means of communication. We also tried to follow the intonation patterns in quesions, which was quite a challenge. We could see both the beauty of this old code of communication and the complexity of all the elements it comprises of.