As most of you already know, we’ve started implementing a Modular Learning System for the new groups. And you may have questions about what an MLS is:
What is a Modular Learning System?
That just means that the lessons aren’t numbered and can be taught in any order because English vocabulary isn’t a sequence of words to learn. We’ll still teach the same lessons and we recommend the first 4 lessons still be taught initially. But after that, you can teach the lessons in the order you find most convenient.
Why Are We Using An MLS?
Our goal is to make classes more flexible for the teachers and more interesting for the students. Students can choose the topics that are of interest to them. They won’t have to follow a set sequence of lessons to reach their language goals. Likewise, teachers can choose lessons that best fit student needs. And you’ll also be able to fit students into classes easier too. In other words, students could theoretically study the first 4 lessons, and then jump into just about any class.
What About Students Being More Advanced Than Others?
This will always be an issue, even if students start out at the exact same level. Some students seem to learn easier than others, and others are just more dedicated and disciplined to study and practice. So, even if your students all started at the same level, some of them would soon advance faster anyways. So, this is an issue that can easily be controlled by the teacher. And slower students should be encouraged to study Quizlet and Duolingo lessons to keep up.
How Will Lessons Be Structured?
The first lesson will still have 40 lessons, just like before. However, you don’t have to teach family before teaching food. You can choose whatever lessons seem easiest for your students. We’ll also be adding in stories with each of the lessons.
Why Are We Adding Stories?
Previously, we taught 40 TPR lessons. Then we jumped into the stories. There seemed to be too big of a jump between the first and second level. So, the idea is to start the stories earlier, and stretch the TPR lessons out longer. That way we ease the students through the process without such a huge difference in lesson styles. We’ve been experimenting with this system already and students really seem to enjoy it.
How Will Stories Be Created?
We recommend that all stories be personalized for the students and by the students. In other words, let students create their own stories individually or in groups using the words they have already learned. Teachers can create story ideas beforehand, but they should still be personalized with student information.
- Individual Stories – Each student creates their own story to share with the class
- Pair or Group Stories – Students collaboratively create a story to share with the class
- Teacher Stories – Teacher creates a story and personalizes it for the students
Please keep track of stories you and your students create. Once we have several of these and an idea of what students are capable of creating at each level, we will use the best ones to create lesson plans and the new workbooks from.
Why Have Students Create Content?
We’ve noticed that often teachers create lessons that are too hard for students or that don’t interest the class. This way you can teach what your students want to learn in a way that is interesting for them. This can include exercises as well. You can create models for the students and let them create their own activities and tests for other students to take. Likewise, we’ll be adding the best ones to the new MLS workbooks.