26 May 2011 http://www.mikebakereducation.co.uk/
A guest article by David Hore
Poor literacy is one of the most significant contributors to youth disengagement – leading straight to poor behaviour and eventually to crime. For students lacking fundamental communicative skills, any engagement in the classroom or in the workplace remains a practical impossibility.
Rapid English has brought in specialised know-how, originally developed for high-level industry, to optimise the learning process for students with major weaknesses. At the heart of the programme is a sophisticated software-based grammar system, which has been developed and fine-tuned for over 30 years. It is based on detailed frequency counts, which allow teachers to prioritise the learning process according to ‘communicative value.’ The system gives students everything they need to communicate effectively.
The system works holistically, enhancing all aspects of communication (reading, writing, speaking and listening). Often, teaching students the mechanics of language is enough to generate massive, long-term improvements. It puts everything back into context for them, and dissolves all the long-standing confusions they have been carrying around for years. Targeting exactly where students need help allows teachers to provide highly targeted lessons. This saves valuable time with students who already have a short fuse with education. The skills they learn allow them to gain genuine self-confidence. Giving students the tools with which to communicate and integrate is the only way of curbing the massive re-offending rates we see today.
So how can it be that the same systems used to teach international executives also works for young offenders? Well, fundamentally, English works the same way for everyone. About 80% of all communication is done using a very small and identifiable 20% of the language. This 20% doesn’t change whether you are talking to a shareholder or a case worker, and the mechanics of conveying and receiving information are also very similar. This can be applied to vocabulary, punctuation, sentence structure, oral communication, handwriting, and much more.
Rapid English is so effective because it massively de-clutters the learning process. Teaching high-value items first, gives students an all-important basis of understanding. More complex language can then be drip-fed into the student’s environment in a controlled manner, thus removing any scope for confusion. Most importantly, students understand every step of the process, making it possible for them to handle complicated grammar when they get to it.
For more information, see: www.rapidenglish.com/