The inlingua method

inlingua Trainers introducing themselves:

What is 'the inlingua method'? One of the main principles is that the lesson is conducted in only one language, the target language.

Only the target language? How does that work?
Some new words and expressions are introduced visually, others become clear in the situation and the context.

Aren't there any translations or explanations in German?
The sense is already clear, so there is no need to translate.

But what about grammar?
The teacher structures the class in such a way that explanations of the grammar are usually superfluous. Thanks to the intensive practice, you will be able to induce the rules yourself. You can also find confirmation afterwards in your inlingua course material.

What do you mean by "intensive practice"?  
The teacher's job is to get you to speak. For example:

  • you answer questions
  • you ask the trainer as well as the other students questions
  • you help with corrections
  • you repeat some things several times until you have really got it, until you are really sure of yourself.

And what does the teacher do here?

The teacher talks as little as possible. He or she only says what is absolutely necessary and does not lecture. Your teacher will provide you with the new words and show you how to combine them correctly.

Doesn't the teacher explain anything?
The teachers can answer almost any question about their native languages.

Will I learn to speak freely? 
Yes, when you have reached a certain level of competence in the use of your new language tools, you will practice speaking freely, for example with a partner or in a group, during which:

  • you decide for yourself what to say and answer
  • you work very intensively, because you don't have to wait until it's your turn.

How do I work with the books? 

During oral practice the books remains closed. You only open your book when you work with the illustrations, texts, dialogues, exercises and other activities.

And at home? 
You can consolidate what you have learned by repeatedly reading the example sentences and the overviews of the grammar, or by reading them out loud.

Must I write a lot? 
You can find almost all the new words and structures etc. in the course material. Any written exercises you will do at home.

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