& WORLD EDUCATION
himself as a Citizen of the world, Hans Starlife has long
been an ardent supporter of the good sides of globalization
- a world coming together in peace and prosperity. But that
requires that we can understand each other, an effort which
start already when we are small kids.
years of studying traditional and often old-fashioned learning
techniques in Asian countries such as China, he wanted to
help their students to learn English in a more natural and
pedagogic way. Instead of sitting on the school bench, you
must use the language. You must have the right environment.
developed a system for learning English as a Second Language
which he calls English Language Culture (ELC). This is not
about teaching English culture, but about providing an entire
culture and environment which support students' language training.
You must "live the language" and use it just as
if you were living abroad already. And you must learn the
words automatically, in the same fashion small kids learn
words, or just translating with a dictionary.
is an advancement of the "English Salon" phenomenon
in China, evolved from mostly "talking English"
to "living English". Since Hans' concept were tested
among students in China and elsewhere, he could notice not
only improved learning, but also a much more enjoyable and
satisfactory experience for the students. The students liked
it, because suddenly, learning was fun! However,
some parents still questioned it. Education shouldn't be fun,
right? Well, it should.
China, most students there learn English in school. But often
they learn it only for one reason: to pass their exams. They
never really get used to actually use the language. And when
the day come they have to go abroad, or need to talk to a
foreigner in China, they can hardly say anything except "hello".
At worst, it can destroy a great business opportunity.
Hans didn't settle with language learning. Language is related
to culture, to customs, habits and manners which differ dramatically
between countries. Even if you know the language, you can
still have a hard time and do many mistakes, if you don't
know about these differences. Therefore, Hans incorporated
this cultural education into his strategy, as well as information
and advice about studies abroad, visa applications and other
legal requirements, providing the "whole package"
to his students.
educational concept is unique. It literally opens up the entire
world for the students, offering English conversations in
natural, lifelike environments, just as you would meet if
you travel abroad - and often together with real, western
guides. No more formal teaching in front of black boards.
Instead, the students meet in causal groups, telling jokes
or stories and sometimes even going out for picnic or sing
karaoke Why? Because scientists have found that if you have
fun while you learn, you are more likely to remember it!
same concept which Hans have implemented for students learning
English as a second language, can also be used to learn other
languages - such as Chinese as a second language. China has
become a leading world player, and people of Chinese background
can be found in every big city around the globe. By learning
to speak each other's language more fluently, we can speed
up the making of tomorrow's world and ensure that global exchange
& affairs will run much more smoothly - the objective
which motivated Hans to engage in the first place.
Hans seldom teaches English in the classrooms himself. But
he is often visiting schools and language training centers
to hold presentations and participate in various Language
Culture activities, and always take time to listen to the
views of individual students.
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