The Android application for Active Training in English skills is available in the Google and Tencent Play stores. The application restores the innate ability of Chinese adults to learn English as a foreign language (EFL) and eliminates the negative effects of prior language-learning experiences. The application blocks cross-translation by using simultaneous repetition. This forms 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 learner's native language is needed to ensure stress-free training environment. The screenshot shows the text of the lesson translated into Mandarin. However, it could be translated into any language by simply highlighting the text and clicking on the button translate and selecting the language needed. Showing the text of the lesson in learner's native language is instrumental in creating the visual image.
The learner performs simultaneous repetition while using the created visual image. Thus direct links are formed between the English words and the images which these word describe.
The pictured drill uses simultaneous repetition: reading the authentic text, listening to a recording made by a native speaker and speaking simultaneously. As a result of performing three processes that are new to the learner, the habit of translating the incoming information into his or her native language is turned off automatically. This tool allows adult learners to automatically form the direct wiring between English words and images or symbols described by the words. The student starts to think and function in English before acquiring an extensive vocabulary list or memorizing grammar rules.
The introduction of Special English (reading one-third slower than regular speech) helps to make the conversation understandable even to beginners and alleviates the fear of speaking. Adults who begin learning a new language may find that they do not have the ability to recognize the language phonemes; for them, using regular speech would cause too much frustration. Special English helps new learners recognize, imitate and pronounce English words correctly.
Each lesson on the Android app 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, no learning occurs. To speak fluent English the learner may work with the new lessons the same way as the prerecorded lessons: speaking simultaneously with the text-to-speech program while reading the text. 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 application for active training English skills 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 text-to-speech program 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.
Inspirational poems recorded by a native speaker provide extra engagement. After multiple simultaneous repetitions of the poem the student will be able to recite it by heart, the same 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 voice.
Our 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 to work on the next lesson. The built-in reading and speaking fluency tests 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.