The weekly mini lessons on the smithweb site are really helping students to get the most out of the Smith’s curriculum by preparing them for part of the next week’s lesson. Now there is also a video sample included in which one of the teachers explains the meaning in Japanese and English and gives a few examples of how the phrase is used so the students can hear it. They can also practice saying it right after they hear the example. This is great for the students. After reading that week’s mini lesson on the site, watching the video sample and practicing the examples, they can then think up an example of their own and bring it to the next lesson to demonstrate to the teacher and the other students. Then the teacher can check it and correct any errors in grammar, intonation, pronunciation and stress to make it truly perfect. This process is great for the students and they move a step closer to speaking like a native speaker with each lesson. I highly recommend it.
I know that there are many students who read this soapbox so I encourage them to do the mini lessons every week and really strive to get the most out of their experience at Smith’s School of English. Don’t forget to make your teacher work hard to make you the best English user you can be! T.E.A.M. = together everyone achieves more!