HOW THE STUDENT CAN ENSURE
THAT THE METHOD IS
BEING CORRECTLY USED
One of the problems with an invention is that people tend intially to misunderstand it, and consequently misuse it. Human nature being what it is. People cannot resist the temptation to tamper with the works and change things to suit their own ideas and theories. Like a camera, a car, or a photocopying machine, will not work to its full potential unless its instructions are carried out very carefullly. Nine teachers out of ten, of course, follow their instructions carfully all the time, but the tenth teacher might occasionally forget one or two points. If he does, the student should personally remind him of them, or he should speak to someone in the Reception about it, or write an anonymous letter to the School. Naturally, like everyone else, teachers do not like being criticized, but if it is done pleasantly, they accept it in order to know what it is that is upsetting their students. The follow is a summary of the main points that teachers tend to overlook.
Sticking Rigidly to the Method. The teacher should adhere rigidly to the Method and teach in exactlly the same way as all the other teacher.
Punctuality. The teacher should begin the lesson no later than 2 minutes after the bell has sounded. If he begins the lesson 5 minutes late, he should end it5 minutes late.
Dress. The teacher should dress smartly. He should not wear trach shoes, and except in hot weather, male teacher should wear a tie.
Ask Him a Question. The teacher should get the students to ask each other questions at the beginning and end of each lesson.
Standing Up. When asking questions, the teacher should be walking arould about 3 feet behind his desk. He can sit down when giving a reading or dictation.
Asking Each Question Twice. The teacher should always ask each question twice at top speed, and immediately start off the answer for the student by giving him the first 2 or 3 words of the answer.
Dragging the Answer Out of The Student. The teacher should not wait a second for the student to answer, but should drag the answer out of the student by a pushing and pulling process.
Not a Moment’s Silence. There shouldnot be a moment’s slience in the lesson. The teacher and students should be speaking every second.
The Teacher Should Never Stop Talking. The teacher should talk the whole time. He should answer with the student, even when the student does not need his help.
Quich-Fire Question. The moment a student finishes answering a question, the teacher should jump on another student with the next question.
A Fair Share of the Questions. The teacher should ensuer that each student receives a fair share of the questions.
Correcting Pronunciation. The teacher should quickly and constantly correct the student’s pronunciation by imitation.
Readings and Dictations. When the bell rings after 25 minutes of the lesson, the teacher should give a reading and a dictation.
Revision. The teacher should revise each lesson about 4 to 7 times so that the student can understand him when he speaks at top speed.
Chatting. The teacher is asked not to chat to the students during the lesson or hold free conversations.
What Exactly is Meant by Chatting. Anexample of chatting is when the teacher asks the question “if you were a millionaire, where would you live?” and the student answers “In the South of France” and a conversation breaks out about the South of France.
Breaking-in a New Student Slowly. Whenn a new student joins a course, the teacher should not ask him any questions the first lesson, and only one or two simple questions the second lesson.
Pointing at The Student. The teacher should not use the student’s name when asking a question; he should point at him with a pen.
Changing the Questions. The teacher should not change the questions in his Method Book(which is the same as the student’s book).
No Extraneous Material. The teacher should not use any other material than the books.
Exam Books. Only when preparing directly for the Cambridge past examination papers.
All Books Should Be Taught in the Same Way. The basic principles of the Method remain the same throughout all the books. The questions should therefore always be asked at speed and the anser dragged out of the students without a pause.
Opening windows. The teacher (or students) should open the windows at the end of each lesson to let in fresh air.