Routine Efficiency Method (REM) – The future of language learning?

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Chris ReevesAnglais
12 janvier 2018
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Routine Efficiency Method (REM) The future of language learning?

The world of language teaching is made up of various teaching methodologies. These methodologies are the techniques that teachers useto help their students learn a language.

The most common method in the English Language Teaching world is the Communicative Method. It's core principles are attending regular classes, and activating the language by speaking either with your teacher, or your fellow classmates. It is the primary method used in language schools all over the world.

At the start of my journey into the English teaching, I had the opportunity to meet some of the pioneers of the communicative method. Having always been fascinated by the way that we learn languages, I used the opportunity to ask questions about some of the thinking behind the methodology.

During one of these conversations, I commented how I found it odd that out of all the various methods of language teaching, the with the slowest results was the most popular and widely used. The response I received from one of these pioneers is one that I will never forget for the rest of my teaching career:

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'But why would we want to teach languages quickly? The longer that students are in the classroom, the more money we can make..'

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I was initially very shocked by the response, but sadly, from a purely business point of view, what he said made sense.

Frustrated by this, I began searching for a new teaching methodology. I eventually came across the Routine Efficiency Method also known as REM.

More of an umbrella method, it utilises a number of different techniques which have a strong basis in the science behind linguistics and memory training. One of it's core ideas is the utilization of a student's 'dead time' - spare time that can be found in every students day no matter how busy their routine - in order to learn vocabulary and basic grammar. This increases learning speed, and frees up time in lessons to focus on other areas.

After trialling it with a number of new and existing students, I was converted. The progress I saw in my students was almost unbelievable, and really inspiring. As my students satisfaction increased, so did my number of referrals.

Ultimately, there is not one single method that can truly claim it's the best. Both students and teachers should try a number of different methods to discover the one that works best for them. However the simple truth is that it is possible to learn and master a new language quickly. You just have to adopt a method of learning that is was built out of a desire for students to succeed, and not as a money making venture.
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Quick look: Teacher from the UK with 6 years experience, having taught all levels and ages. I specialise in business English and Exam Prep. When I’m not teaching, I perform magic professionally. The whole story: Hello everybody! My name is Chris and I am an English teacher from the UK who is currently living and working in Asia. My journey into teaching started when I was completing my undergraduate degree at the University of Essex. During the exam term of my first year, I started creating private study groups. I was motivated to solidify my own understanding of the material by hosting revision lessons in empty classrooms for fellow students. My efforts were soon noticed by my academic department, who offered me further opportunities to teach and lecture for the purposes of study support and revision. This continued into my final year and subsequent Masters degree, and really kickstarted my love of teaching. My journey into the world of language teaching started in 2014, when I completed my Cambridge CELTA teacher training at International House Budapest. Achieving a Pass B, I began working for International House, teaching general, business and exam prep English to all mixes of age and language level. I also began working in a Hungarian Private School called Babérliget Általános Iskola, which provided me with excellent experience teaching young learners. In the summer of 2016 I worked for my first Summer Boarding Courses Ltd teaching International Relations to young learners using the CLIL method. During the following academic year I was invited to rewrite the entire course, and was promoted to the role of Student Director for the summer of 2017, which gave me my first taste of educational management. After a brief hiatus from teaching to focus on my secondary profession as a magician, I am excited to be returning to teaching. I believe teaching to be a profession that takes a large amount of preparation, hard work, and skill in order to deliver great lessons. I take my professional development within teaching very seriously, and I am constantly on the lookout for new ideas and resources that will expand my arsenal of teaching methods. Shortly after completing my CELTA, I became fascinated with the science behind language learning, and the linguistic theories behind the development of languages. I believe that the key to learning anything - but especially languages - is consistency. Thats why I offer all of my students not just lessons, but a personalised learning program tailored to their lifestyle and timetable. My teaching style is mainly about having fun, and I plan my lessons to be exciting, engaging, and effective. From my own experience as a student, learning is much harder if you are not enjoying the lessons or finding them interesting. The second focus of my teaching style is achieving measurable results. Learning any language is definitely a lifelong pursuit, but it saddens me when I see students that have been learning English for 5 years, and have shown very little sign of improvement. The methods I employ seek to break these learning plateaus, elevating students understanding and practical usage of English to new levels. I was introduced to the idea of teaching via video chat during my time working at International House Budapest. It wasn't long before I was teaching nearly half of my students this way, and was even invited by the school to give a professional development seminar on the advantages of teaching via video. A former colleague of mine recently told me about Verbling, and after taking a look and doing some research, I just had to try it. Verbling is the platform that teachers like myself have been waiting for, I just wish I had discovered it sooner! Either way I am glad to be getting involved now, and I am excited about meeting some new students and contributing towards the success of this fantastic global community.
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Flag Anglais
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Anglais
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Allemand
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Quick look: Teacher from the UK with 6 years experience, having taught all levels and ages. I specialise in business English and Exam Prep. When I’m not teaching, I perform magic professionally. The whole story: Hello everybody! My name is Chris and I am an English teacher from the UK who is currently living and working in Asia. My journey into teaching started when I was completing my undergraduate degree at the University of Essex. During the exam term of my first year, I started creating private study groups. I was motivated to solidify my own understanding of the material by hosting revision lessons in empty classrooms for fellow students. My efforts were soon noticed by my academic department, who offered me further opportunities to teach and lecture for the purposes of study support and revision. This continued into my final year and subsequent Masters degree, and really kickstarted my love of teaching. My journey into the world of language teaching started in 2014, when I completed my Cambridge CELTA teacher training at International House Budapest. Achieving a Pass B, I began working for International House, teaching general, business and exam prep English to all mixes of age and language level. I also began working in a Hungarian Private School called Babérliget Általános Iskola, which provided me with excellent experience teaching young learners. In the summer of 2016 I worked for my first Summer Boarding Courses Ltd teaching International Relations to young learners using the CLIL method. During the following academic year I was invited to rewrite the entire course, and was promoted to the role of Student Director for the summer of 2017, which gave me my first taste of educational management. After a brief hiatus from teaching to focus on my secondary profession as a magician, I am excited to be returning to teaching. I believe teaching to be a profession that takes a large amount of preparation, hard work, and skill in order to deliver great lessons. I take my professional development within teaching very seriously, and I am constantly on the lookout for new ideas and resources that will expand my arsenal of teaching methods. Shortly after completing my CELTA, I became fascinated with the science behind language learning, and the linguistic theories behind the development of languages. I believe that the key to learning anything - but especially languages - is consistency. Thats why I offer all of my students not just lessons, but a personalised learning program tailored to their lifestyle and timetable. My teaching style is mainly about having fun, and I plan my lessons to be exciting, engaging, and effective. From my own experience as a student, learning is much harder if you are not enjoying the lessons or finding them interesting. The second focus of my teaching style is achieving measurable results. Learning any language is definitely a lifelong pursuit, but it saddens me when I see students that have been learning English for 5 years, and have shown very little sign of improvement. The methods I employ seek to break these learning plateaus, elevating students understanding and practical usage of English to new levels. I was introduced to the idea of teaching via video chat during my time working at International House Budapest. It wasn't long before I was teaching nearly half of my students this way, and was even invited by the school to give a professional development seminar on the advantages of teaching via video. A former colleague of mine recently told me about Verbling, and after taking a look and doing some research, I just had to try it. Verbling is the platform that teachers like myself have been waiting for, I just wish I had discovered it sooner! Either way I am glad to be getting involved now, and I am excited about meeting some new students and contributing towards the success of this fantastic global community.

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