Vocalus: a Latin expression meaning ‘let’s talk’
The ‘Vocalus’ language-learning system is based on the need to create an innovative and transformational system of language learning for the 21 st century. This new system reflects more accurately the needs, requirements and time constraints of today’s modern learners by incorporating the most recent developments in communication technologies. The system adapts the two most effective and successful, modern approaches to language learning, the ‘communicative approach’ and ‘blended learning system’, to 21 st century technology.
The ‘communicative approach’ is an approach to language learning that emphasizes interaction as both the means and the ultimate goal of study and is the methodology behind the most successful language teaching system of the 20 th century.
‘Blended Learning’ is an approach to teaching and learning that uses a variety of different delivery methods, combining web-based learning, teacher-led online training, offline learning with the more traditional, classroom-based learning.
“Blended learning is important as it allows for a variety of different teaching modes and can address different learning needs and styles. A ‘Blended Learning’ approach enhances and extends learning activities through the use of technology.”
At ‘Vocalus’, we use an approach which combines learning undertaken in online sessions with a dedicated teacher with other web-based learning activities such as writing exercises, reading texts, grammar exercises and listening comprehensions as well as with ‘off-line’ exercises. ‘Blended learning’ mixes different kinds of media and resources in order to achieve the optimum training solution. This includes:
Face-to- face, online, interactive learning with your dedicated, highly-qualified and experienced teacher based learning with your own, dedicated coach
Provision of module related documents in electronic format
Regular formative and summative assessments with feedback
Face-to- face learning in a traditional classroom
The rationale for supporting each of these perspectives is that every learner is able to:
Participate in online learning sessions with a qualified and experienced teacher
Receive supporting feedback on progress
Use synchronous collaborative learning which extends online learning, managed by learners at a time and place best suited to their needs
Understand how to act on feedback so as to become more effective and successful as well as collecting evidence on achievement to enhance employability / business / professional and academic success as well as social prospects