The goal of the inlingua Method is to make language learning as efficient and pleasant as possible. The inlingua Method is the first of four key elements that contribute to learning success. It is based on decades of experience in language training and is continually being developed to match the needs of a changing world. The emphasis is on direct communication through speaking. The spoken language is emphasized. Language learners concentrate on their oral competence before turning their attention to reading and additional listening or writing skills. inlingua language trainers ensure that learners experience the presentation, practice and production stages in sequence. Within each stage a wide range of different training techniques and activities are used to keep training sessions interesting and motivating. The overall amount of time spent on each of the three stages may vary slightly according to the topic, vocabulary or structure.
The presentation stage is as brief as possible. At this stage, the trainer is in control and the focus of attention. The trainer introduces new language to the learners, making the meaning clear and giving examples of use. Accurate pronunciation and intonation are established. The trainer uses questions to involve learners in the process.
The practice stage involves learners speaking the language introduced during the presentation stage in a controlled manner, guided by the trainer. The aim is for learners to form correct sentences using the target language. The trainer’s task is to get the learners to speak by prompting and directing them. All mistakes in the target language are corrected. Trainers aim to get all the learners producing the new language automatically with as few mistakes and as little hesitation as possible.
Once learners have mastered the target language item or structure and can use it competently, it is time to begin the production stage. The activities here give learners more control over what they say and how they say it. The production stage allows learners to use the language in a more creative way: combining new items with old, talking about themselves, acting out situations, expressing opinions, solving problems and so on. The emphasis is on using language meaningfully rather than simply repeating it.