To implement Active Training in English skills you will need to introduce mobile devices in the classroom or online study. The same mobile application is used for self-training in the classroom, for online courses or for assigning, planning, or turning in homework. Finally, the fun of our self-training mobile application does not end with the completion of the Active Training course since the application allows learners to create their own lessons and to continue further the training to meet their vocational needs.
Adding New Lessons
The mobile application allows learners or teachers to add to each prerecorded lesson the material of their own selection by copying and pasting (or manually entering) text and using the high quality, natural-sounding text-to-speech voices to perform the simultaneous repetition of the new material. For instance, this feature could be used to assign or post homework, or it could help job-seekers in preparing for interviews or creating professional presentations. Three types of texts are used in every lesson:
1. Pre-recorded lessons on various topics and drills.
2. Lessons added by a learner or a teacher.
3. Inspirational poem recorded by a native speaker.
Lesson and drills recorded in Special English by native speakers. Text added by the learner or the teacher makes application interactive and suitable for vocational training. An inspirational poem recorded by a native speaker; without emotions, there is no learning. Introduction of Special English that is by 30% slower than the natural speech helps to make the conversation understandable even to beginners and eliminates the fear of speaking. Special English helps the learner first to recognize and then imitate, and finally produce English words correctly. Content can be customized by the learner or the teacher by adding new lessons of their choice. You can use the Android application for self-training as well as classroom instruction or guided online coaching.
The application provides support in Mandarin when the learner needs it, but the main experience is in English. If you have a different native language, you can still use this application by ignoring support and using exclusively the English part of it.
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If you are located in China you may download the Active Learning Android app from the Tencent App store.
The Android app lets language learners experience English skills - reading, listening, speaking, and writing - concurrently. The training consists of pronouncing English texts aloud many times while simultaneously reading the text and listening to the recording. The application lets learners share recorded sessions with friends or with a teacher. Three types of texts are used in every lesson.
This Android application, available in Google and Tencent Play stores, restores the innate ability of Chinese adults to learn English as a foreign language (EFL) by using Active Training. It eliminates the negative effects of prior language-learning experiences and blocks cross-translation by forming direct links between images and the English words describing them.
Priming implicit memory
Each lesson starts with a Word Cloud. In this drill, learners observe the words appearing on the display randomly from the lesson while relaxing music plays for about a minute. The Word Cloud strengthens subconscious learning by invoking “retention without remembering.” Learners recognize the new words and transfer them to long-term memory when they start working on other drills using simultaneous repetition of the recording while reading the text and listening to the recording. Subconscious active learning is more efficient than conscious memorization.
Support in Mandarin ensures a stress-free environment. It discourages cross-translation by showing only Chinese text of the lesson to create the visual image of the text, on which the learner works exclusively in English. When a learner needs to see a word or a phrase translated into Mandarin, he could highlight it in the English text and a contextual translation, i.e. only one meaning, will appear on display for ten seconds and the word is pronounced twice by native English speakers (woman’s and man’s voice), to facilitate a direct link between the English word and the image or situation which the word describes.
If the learner has a different native language than Mandarin, the student may still use this app by ignoring support and using only the English portion of it.
This drill uses simultaneous repetition: reading the authentic text, pre-recorded by native speaker, listening to the recording and speaking simultaneously. As a result of performing three processes that are new to the learner, his habit of translating the incoming information into his native language is turned off automatically. This tool allows adult learners to automatically form the direct wiring between English words and their images, and start thinking in and functioning in English before the learners acquired an extensive vocabulary.
Learners start speaking actively before they have learned the rules of grammar or memorized lists of words. The introduction of Special English (reading one-third slower than regular speech) helps to make the conversation understandable even to beginners and eliminates the fear of speaking. Adults who begin learning a new language may find that they do not have the ability to recognize the language's phonemes; for them, use of regular speech will cause too much frustration and fear. Special English helps new learners recognize, then imitate, and finally, produce English words correctly.
Each lesson has three types of texts:
1. Lesson and drills recorded in Special English by a native speaker.
2. Text added by the learner or a teacher makes the application interactive and suitable for vocational training.
3. Inspirational poem recorded by a native speaker. Without emotional engagement, there can be no learning.
The learner can work with new lessons the same way as with the prerecorded lessons: speaking simultaneously with the robot while reading the text and listening to the robot reading it. The learner may put the cursor at any place in the text and start listening from that point as many times as needed to develop the skill of automatic speech.
Android app for learning English, particularly English conversation, has the following features:
The Android application lets learners add lessons of their own selection by copying any text from the Internet and using the high-quality voice robot for simultaneous repetition of the lesson added by a learner or a teacher. The text could be added from any source or input manually thus making the application interactive and suitable for vocational training.
Control buttons in app are explained in English and Mandarin.
Inspirational poems recorded by a native speaker provide extra engagement. After multiple simultaneous repetitions of the poem you will be able to recite it by heart, the way you learn your favorite songs. When a learner completes the repetition without omissions or mistakes, the program suggests making a final repetition of the text – this time without listening to the robot.
Android application records the learner’s reading, and the learner may share the recording via social networking or by attaching it to an email to send it to the teacher. The program automatically determines reading fluency and gives recommendations on improving reading skills. Active Training uses a no-grammar, no-memorization approach that activates the left and right brain simultaneously and restores the innate human ability to learn a new language by providing a brain-compatible learning approach. This matches the habits of Digital Learners who prefer self-teaching and social networking while learning.
Learners test themselves after they complete each lesson by putting on earphones with a microphone and saying a few sentences on any topic ignited by the word that drops down randomly from the word cloud. The learner continues testing for at least twenty words before starting work on the next lesson. The built-in reading and speaking fluency tests, along with testing active vocabulary, provide gamification elements that younger learners are accustomed to from the games they play on their devices. This drill helps learners develop the habit of automatic speech and thinking in English. Passing test after test strengthens students’ faith in the method and gives them a feeling of accomplishment.