Very often, students came into our school with a very vague idea, “I want to improve my English.”
Since at REV we know that a student’s motivation is a key factor to their success in language learning, the first thing we do is to take time to help students discover why they really want to learn English and what they truly want to achieve. These are definitely not easy questions to answer for some of them, as many of them are also just on their way to find out who they are and what they want in life.
REV teachers talk to students in depth before recommending a course for them because we know, unless the classes can be somewhat customized, they won’t truly suit and serve each student’s needs. At REV, you won’t find the conventional grammar, reading and writing, listening, and speaking classes. Instead, you’ll find an integrated program that is cut out for a student’s specific needs. I think it’s safe to say that no two students at REV are taking the exact same program because we tweak each class to help them achieve their different language learning goals.
I was 14 years old when I first really understood that French was a language.
…what?!? You didn’t know that?
Of course I did! I had studied French since elementary school, and my brain knew that it was a language. However, I only heard French in the classroom; it was just a school subject. Finally, when I was on holiday with my family in Mexico, I heard some other tourists speaking French. Suddenly, I understood: French is not just a school subject – it is real communication for real people. That was a real eye-opener for me [something surprising that taught me about life].
Language is much more than a school subject. Language is the way we interact with our world: we build relationships, solve problems, and express our emotions. Language is powerful, complex, and fascinating. If we only learn language in the classroom, we will not understand it completely. That’s why we must go outside and use our language with real people in real situations.
This is why we encourage REV students to practice English by doing real things. In Power Speaking, we visit art galleries during the Art & Décor unit and we interview a music teacher during the Books & Music unit. In Skill-Building, we go outside to grocery stores, restaurants, and cafes. In Project, we make phone calls, interview professionals, and organize events. It’s all real!