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Teaching methodology

All teachers are of course native speakers who speak their language perfectly. homestudies works on the basis of GER and uses all common textbooks and workbooks of leading publishers.

Homework

If you study the language at home between lessons, you will learn much faster, even if it is only a few minutes per day.

No matter whether you do exercises from the textbook, watch a film on YouTube, any type of contact with the language is useful.

Once you have done your homework, you can send it to the teacher for correction and discuss the results immediately in the next lesson.

This “learning by doing” is an important addition to regular lessons.

4 Areas of competence

Speaking – Reading – Writing – Listening

homestudies will teach you everything you need later on. The lessons always cover the four areas of listening, reading, writing and speaking.

Regardless of which area you concentrate on, the focus is always on interaction, practical relevance and authenticity.

With us you will not only learn to speak, but also to communicate in all aspects.

What makes homestudies special

At homestudies, we focus on what we do best: private lessons with Skype.

We do not offer other activities that would only dilute our concept. Our teaching system is more flexible, innovative, pupil-centered and efficient than all other forms of teaching.

All homestudies teachers are language teachers of conviction and give their best for you in each lesson. This is a matter of course for us, because we want you to achieve the best possible learning success.

Why are we doing this?

Via Internet, whenever and wherever you want!

We simply want you to learn a lot and enjoy learning, because then you will learn better. This includes an atmosphere in which you feel comfortable.

  • Structured and didactically sensible structure
  • Cozy learning atmosphere
  • Lots of independent speaking
  • Room for curiosity
  • Your own priorities

Communicative and dynamic learning from the very beginning – with your personal teacher.

All our teachers are native speakers and teach only their mother tongue.

They are specially trained for foreign language teaching, experienced in online teaching and carefully selected by homestudies.

They are representatives of their country and will gladly bring you closer to their language and culture.

Study ability

It is very important to participate regularly in class, do homework, practice English while using smartphones, be able and willing to work in a group and give feedback, be able to write without mistakes and other work techniques and also write reasonable transcripts. Unfortunately, all this sometimes creates difficulties for many people, no matter which language they want to learn.

If you ignore these initial beginning activities and miss out on them, hoping that language learning success will happen of its own accord, it can become difficult later on, because then you carry a heavy burden of not being well prepared around with you through all the courses and lose the connection, because without a stable foundation you simply cannot process all the new information.

Knowledge of a foreign language

Anyone who has already learned a foreign language will find it easier to learn another one. You know how it works, what you have to pay attention to and where the potential sources of error lie. Whoever speaks English for example, has advantages when learning German – both are Germanic languages. The transfer from “The grass is green” to “The grass is green” should be a road to success for everyone.

General knowledge

General knowledge always helps. If curiosity and interest are added, you will learn even better. Some people know absolutely nothing about the world and, of course, nothing about the countries of the language they are learning. Learning a language is much less difficult if there are cultural and regional affinities to the country of the target language.

Time and ambience

Learning a language takes time, can be exhausting and doesn’t always run smoothly. Whoever begins a course should know what they are getting into and should have the discipline to work at a regular pace and rhythm. This also includes the insight that you don’t learn so well in a café or an airport and that you shouldn’t skimp on the right language learning equipment.

Goals and expectations

Unrealistic goals cause disappointment. Learning languages can only be done in small steps, which is why you should not feel ashamed or worried if huge goals are not reached at once very quickly- Rome was not built in a single day. In order to live up to one’s own goals and expectations, readiness for criticism and self-criticism is needed.

Willingness to cooperate actively

Language learning means language learning. It doesn’t matter how you study the language, but it should be done naturally and pleasurably, but sometime with occasional mistakes.  At first, no excellence prizes will be awarded. Lean back, look at the teacher and enjoy an all-inclusive care package and you will eventually gain results and progress. The inhibition threshold to open your mouth must be as low as possible. No matter what the student says – each contribution shows that he/ she somehow processes the material and that he/she can deal with the language in their own way and any type of contribution is therefore welcome.

Simple lesson planning

Convenient document exchange

Modern teaching methods

Communication

The student should start speaking on his/ her own as soon as possible.  The teacher’s monologues may be more or less interesting, but they do help you to use the language at all.

The basic structure of all communication and dialogue situations, no matter how small, are the “W-questions” (who, where, how, when, etc.), which cannot be repeated often enough and which are unfortunately still often not used correctly even in higher courses. Those who master the W-questions can survive abroad.

If communication, activation and authenticity are succesfully used and mastered, everything else will work!

Writing

Children learn a language easily and playfully, they don’t know anything about grammar. Unfortunately, adults cannot learn this way. All “modern” textbooks for adults in which people wanted to abolish grammar and practice a purely intuitive way of learning a language, (i. e. with mostly  only oral language learning, ) did not work. Adults are rational beings – even if it may seem oldfashioned, the teacher should encourage the students to practice writing the new language. Writing organizes thoughts and helps to recognize structures. This should be used instead of being ashamed of the “old-fashioned” learning techniques.

Activation

Learning works better in correct contexts than in isolated individual situations – that’s why trying to rush too quickly through thing is often a senseless waste of time. Then student would have to be encouraged to repeat sections over and over again to use the language correctly.

Working through the textbook chapters indiscriminately and narrow mindedly causes one to forget everything quickly. The student has to develop his/ her own personal donkey bridges, ideas and associations to the topics, then  he/ she learn quickly and effortlessly and after that  you will be able to have the newly acquired knowledge ready when you really need it.

Self-confidence

The phrase “Great, you can do all this already” is much better, because it’s stimulating, affirmative and motivational than “You don’t know all this yet”.

Many people shy away from learning German, for example, because they think that learning the grammar never ends. German grammar is admittedly more complex than English grammar, but it’s not that bad. In most of the books, the first atrocities (separable verbs, prepositions with dative/accusative…) come quite early, which shocked some students so much that they wanted to quit the course straight away. In this situation it is important to make clear to the students what they have already achieved and not to put their light under the bushel. Those who start from scratch and speak short conversations after four weeks can be satisfied with themselves and what they have achieved and need not fear the further progress of the course. Later on from B1, it the grammar gets much easier (even if hardly anyone believes it)!

Surprisingly, some things in German are also simpler than in other languages, e. g. the future and subjunctive verb tenses hardly play any role in everyday spoken language. This should always be made clear to students so that they do not waste their energy on worrying about unimportant things or perfectionism – a comparison with their mother tongue often helps.

Culture of the country of the language

Language teaching is not just learning a language.

Language lessons do not work without a portion of regional, cultural studies. A language does not exist without the people who speak it. Therefore, culture, mentality, way of life, cuisine etc. of the respective country have to be imparted as much as is possible and without going over the scheduled timetable.

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