What are our students like?
Understanding who you will teach may be important for those considering applying for a teaching position. The following is our students'information based on the data from March 2016.
The attribution of our students may be different as new locations are opening all the time.
What is the attribution of our students?
Linguage's style keeps in mind the main target of it's customers: females in their 20's and 30's. Currently, about 50% of the students are in their 20's and 75% of them are female. 30% of those are office workers and 11% of them are college students. The rest is made up of business owners, freelance workers and various other occupations. Linguage currently don't offer lessons for middle and high school students or young children.
Attribute information of our students
What are the students' English level?
No admission fee. No advance tuition payment. These unique features of the tuition system of Linguage, attract many students who had previously hesitated to register with other English conversation schools that charge a large initial sign-up fee. The majority of students at Linguage are beginners. We use the placement standard of "Direct English", the lesson materal we use.
Lesson Material "Direct English"
Teaching experience required to teach FD ~ Level 3.
The contents of lesson materials are quite simple, and making smooth communication with beginner-level students can be hard for teachers with less experience. Although lessons are supposed to be conducted only in English, there are occasions when allowing students using a little bit of Japanese is necessary to keep the lesson going. Comprehension skill of Japanese is helpful, but it is often a matter of getting used to the The way the beginner level Japanese students think and learn.
Level 3 ~ Level 7 are easier than other levels.
Students at these levels can communicate better because they have more vocabulary. Many teachers find classes for these levels are the easiest to conduct.
Knowledge in specific fields is essential for level 8 or "Direct English Business English".
Students in Level 8 are fluent English speakers. Level 8 is the highest level of "Direct English", or "Direct English Business English”, more specific text books for business English. Because the contents and vocabulary become more specific than in general conversation, teachers need to use their spare time to enrich their own knowledge in order to teach students of this level.
Encouraging begginer level students.
As a English teacher, you are expected to encourage students in all levels. Yet it is true that you need to be especially considerate towards begginer level students. Many of them are shy, and have few chances to communicate with foreigners. That’s why they often have stage fright when faced with the prospect of talking to foreigners.At Linguage, students are supposed to use only English to communicate with teachers. Although this is an important rule to improve their conversation skills, particularly beginner level students tend to feel stressed by not being able to communicate as they wish. Sometimes students feel intimidated and overwhelmed. So please be considerate.
It is not surprising that more teachers prefer teaching intermediate/advanced level students to beginners. Yet, the majority of new students at Linguage are beginners. If you are a teacher with less experience, please encourage those students as your teammates who are growing at Linguage together but in different shoes; student and teacher. In the situation that the verbal communication is challenging, acceptance and friendliness fill the silence.
Why do students learn English conversation?
The reasons for the students taking English conversation classes vary. Some have clear reasons such as "necessity to use English at work" or "to be able to travel comfortably". But some just enjoy studying English itself as their hobby. One common thing among all of them is their enthusiasm. Most of the them diligently prepare for the lesson, finding time during their busy schedule. If you teach students, the enthusiastic ones are much more fun to teach than otherwise, aren't they?
- I would like to enjoy movies in English language without subitles.
- I used to go to English conversation shcool. I would like to start it again as my hobby.
- I would like to be able to speak English with natural pronoucation.
- I would like to communicate with my colleagues from other countries well.
- I would like to bring TOEIC score higher for study abroad.
- I would like to attend my foreign patients in English.