Jonathan Solity

The Learning Revolution

Most of us don't look particularly fondly back at language lessons at school, and probably don't feel that we got a great deal benefit from them. In Michel Thomas Method:The Learning Revolution Jonathan Solity explains how a different method of teaching has brought impressive results.

The book starts with an account of the life of Michel Thomas - the struggles of his early life, and his development of new ways of teaching, which have been successful in teaching languages to those who had seemingly been unable or unwilling to learn them. Michel Thomas believed that learning was primarily the responsibility of the teacher. Solity contrasts this with the attitude of traditional teaching methods, which are too keen to blame the student for problems with learning. He also argues that teaching methods have been adopted with insufficient testing of their effectiveness. The later part of the book goes into detail of how the Michel Thomas Method is used in practice, in particular in teaching Spanish.

I felt that the book spent a lot of time going over the same arguments against typical teaching methods, and that this space could have been put to better use going into more detail about the structure of Michel Thomas's method. However, if you are interested in implementing new ways of teaching then you will find many useful ideas in this short book.

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Product Description
The publication of the Michel Thomas ground-breaking, all-audio language learning materials has been a publishing phenomenon. Sales of over one million units in just eight years and the universal acclaim his method has excited would indicate that there is a large body of people who want to know more about how and why his method works where so many others have failed. The book will give a brief history of Michel's fascinating life and summarise how he became interested in teaching foreign languages, before going on to look at the experience of learning a foreign language in general and Michel's method of teaching in particular. It examines the barriers to language learning in both the UK and the US, Michel's focus on the role and quality of the teacher rather than the learner, and Michel's core belief that with the right teaching anyone can learn another language quickly and easily. The reader will be introduced to new trends in psychology and their relationship to the way Michel teaches foreign languages as well as examining conventional wisdoms. There follows a detailed analysis of Michel's programmes for foreign language teaching and the implications for schools, colleges and universities if they wish to adopt his methodology and at the same time meet the requirements of the public examinations both in the UK and the US.