The Learning and Acquisition (L&A) Method of teaching was developed to solve critical problems with language education in Japan.
The average English learner in Japan possesses six to twelve years of formal English study, but this background is mainly in reading, writing and translation. Very little attention is given to listening, speaking or conversation practice in public schools. It is therefore unlikely that the student has actually “acquired” the language, or is able to use it successfully outside of a structured environment.
As a solution to this problem, many private English language schools have been established to provide students with opportunities to listen to and speak English, but most of these schools have implemented direct methods, omitting the “learning” part of the English language. Usually students at these schools cannot learn how to speak English correctly due to lack of “learning” of the language structure.
LEARNING is important in the mastering of a language. The student needs to learn grammar, vocabulary, and expressions to be able to speak correctly. Although the Japanese educational system provides students with a great deal of instruction in grammar and vocabulary, not all students have sufficient knowledge of the language structure to speak it accurately. Because of this, most students did not learn it in a way which would have helped to improve their speaking skills. Also, it is not uncommon for adult students to have already forgotten most of what they learned in public school. To overcome these challenges, AEON creates a classroom environment where the language structure is taught through conversation rather than through explaining or lecturing. However, this is only the first part of the process of leading our students to become better speakers of English.
ACQUISITION of the language is essential to be able to use it in practical situations. Once the target language structure is “learned,” freer expression activities are utilized to correctly apply the structure in a variety of situations. AEON provides the students with the opportunity to use English in its spoken form. This “acquisition” process adds meaning and value to the target language structure by allowing the student to internalize the structure and use it properly outside of the classroom.
For many people in Japan, daily life is such that they have only limited learning time. Schedules are usually very busy and most activities are, of course, conducted in Japanese. The result is that many students simply do not have enough opportunities to relearn the structures that will enhance their speaking abilities, or to actually utilize English in practical situations with the structures they have learned. This is where AEON’s L&A Method is of the greatest benefit to our students.