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As many remember secrets of an intensiv

, one of the enterprises founded by the underground millionaire A. Koreyko carried the name “Intensivnik“. Why and who such “intensivnik“, vaguely represented, probably, even Alexander Ivanovich. But this mysterious artel is remembered at the sight of ineradicable advertisements in which promise to teach you foreign by some superhigh-speed “intensive“ method - time, and is ready.

it seemed to

Until recently that a grief - methodologists are discredited by life: there was an opportunity to study abroad, serious language schools in Russia opened, and those who pecked on the enticing announcement in due time, understood long ago: money and time left, and a cart that is called and nowadays there. But as if not so: on the place of one “intensivnik“ others grow up, and so will be until at the naive client the hope glimmers: and suddenly?

And so, “suddenly“ happens only in Dostoyevsky`s novels. One and all methodologists who actually wish to teach people to a foreign language unanimously go on: there is no easy and fast way. Is, however, rather fast, but difficult: these are intensive courses.

by time are Had less, it is more than hours

of Intensiv, as well as many realities of training in foreign languages, came to us from the West. Came not as a special technique as some mistakenly think. At foreign language schools the short course with a big academic load is considered intensive. Teaching methods same as on a standard course - it is more just class periods. Usually the rank of an intensiv is given only to those courses on which the number of hours in a week reaches 30.

However at the same time the person coming on a foreign language course is given by

to a foreign language all without the rest. Someone else`s speech “traps“ not only at school, but also behind each corner, on the street, in shop, in the bar, in the museum, on television... Thus, the excess class period a week how many the language environment has “leading role“ not so much.

Other business at us. Having left from occupations, we right there “cut“ from ourselves the foreign-language world, and, sometimes, to tell the truth, what flew in one ear at a lesson, right there takes off for another, hardly we again with the head dive into the abyss of the native language. It is good still if we read and we watch movies on foreign and we perform homeworks.


Besides an opportunity to attend language school daily and with full loading we have almost - unless on holiday or on vacation. So it is clear: intensive courses under our conditions have to be under construction not as in the West.

Just because our listeners, as a rule, have no a large number of free time, some schools develop “the sparing programs“. So, in the American academy of foreign languages occupations on three class periods three times a week, unlike standard - two class periods two times a week are considered as intensive. However, the program lasts not two weeks, but two months, and is focused first of all on application of language in concrete communicative situations. And all - whether it is possible to call intensive the program with nine - ten hours a week - in the West such loading happens unless on vacation programs for younger school students?

in principle it is possible for

if lessons are conducted in pass - groups (to six people). In such small group load of everyone increases. But it is even better when both to the people it is not enough, and there is a lot of hours... Therefore it makes sense to pay attention, for example, to the intensive and superintensive Language Link programs in pass - groups: colloquial or business - English, group - four persons, an academic load - 30 or 36 hours a week, duration respectively two or three weeks. If you consider that on these courses it is necessary to you heavy, you can choose the same programs, but in groups on eight people. And you want “to shoot back“ quicker - go on “superintensiv“. 60 class periods a week, groups on six people and only two weeks of occupations. So intensive program will be offered not by any foreign school.

I at other schools where are taught intensive (read: short-term) courses, skilled teachers who try to enclose for limited number of hours in the heads of listeners as much as possible knowledge work. As for program duration, it varies. As for time which will leave at you for passing of a course, at different schools it varies. In some duration of a course does not make a reservation how at the western schools, that is you decide how many to you to study. Which - where you determine for yourself the frequency of occupations: for example in EF English First you can be engaged though every day. The intensive program of Courses at trade-union committee of Diplomatic academy the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will take 3 - 4 months, ITEC will offer programs from four days (16 hours) to seven weeks (naturally, the purposes and level at these programs absolutely different). The educational center “Intensiv“ which name speaks for itself offers programs at 100 o`clock (5 weeks for 4 hours daily). The accelerated programs of Foreign language courses at an interkluba “Friends of Bavaria“ last 1 - 2 month.

of Intensiv as ideology

we Will listen, however, to Galina Kitaygorodskaya, the founder of the known school and the creator of the well-known method “Activization of Opportunities of the Personality and Collective“, in popular speech - Kitaygorodskaya`s method.“ Intensive training at all not necessarily has to be short-term. Unfortunately, widespread understanding of an intensiv such is... It is quite misleading. In this case the main sense of the term - from Latin intensus is rejected (“intense“), the emphasis is placed for a while, but not on amount of energy (activity) in unit of time“, - Galina Aleksandrovna believes.

O to “total confusion in terminology“ and “substitution of concepts“ is told also by Arnold Rubenstein, the director of linguistic school of communication “System - 3“, passionate “anti-traditionalist“ and the advocate emotionally - a semantic method of I. Yu. Shekhter: in his opinion, in 90 - e years in Russia the usual communicative method from - was mistakenly taken for frequencies of occupations for intensiv.

I will not begin to describe in detail Shekhter and Kitaygorodskaya`s methods - they are rather well-known. Let`s note only that, according to Shekhter, speech activity at a lesson has to be transferred to the area of the psychological processes staticizing personal meanings, the educational speech - in real-life communication. According to Kitaygorodskaya, the main word in understanding of an intensiv is activization of mental processes (memory, perception, thinking, imagination) and emotional resources of the personality, and also the interpersonal relations. it is easy to p to notice

that approach in these author`s techniques significantly differs from already become habitual for us communicative which is applied at the majority of language schools. Well, in VKS or in Language Link intensiv “wrong“, or dear methodologists - innovators are mistaken? At all not. Just it is about different things. There are intensive courses - the short duration plus big loading. And there are intensive techniques - it is, according to Arnold Rubenstein, “other ideology“.

It is natural, the reader can have purely practical question: where will teach better and more true? Well, any training bears fruit. If you are disciplined and purposeful - go on intensive courses where it is more hours. You differ in artistry, sociability, ability to transformation - welcome to Kitaygorodskaya or Shekhter. Here only if are lazy, will not help you any intensiv.