Students learn better when they are motivated. This has always been the fundamental principle behind Castle School’s teaching philosophy. We believe that enhancing each student’s motivation is the key to a successful and enjoyable learning experience.
Students are motivated (and demotivated) by a wide range of factors, and there are many different types of motivation. For example, most students are motivated to learn English because it will improve their employment prospects, and many people also want to learn English so that they can communicate and socialise more easily when they travel. These are examples of why students book an English course in the first place, but what about motivation in the classroom, during a lesson?
There are many factors which influence how motivated a student may be at any moment during a lesson. If the student has a genuine interest in either the topic of the lesson or the language point that is being taught or practised, they will be more motivated than if they are bored by the topic or language point. This is why teachers at Castle School use interesting materials, and have a genuine interest in the language, which stimulates the students’ interest and motivates them.
If students like their teacher and the other students in their class and feel comfortable with them, they will be more motivated to learn and will have more confidence to ask the teacher or other students questions about what they are learning, and be more prepared to practise their English by speaking in the class. On the other hand, if they are distracted by the stress of feeling disconnected or alienated from the group, they may become quiet and unhappy and not learn as much. This is why our teachers work hard to make sure the group of students has a good atmosphere and everybody feels comfortable.
It is important that all students in a class have confidence and belief in their teacher. It is very demotivating for a student to think that the teacher does not know the linguistic theory properly, or does not have technically good teaching skills. Students correctly expect their teacher to have a deep understanding of what they are teaching. Complaints about teachers are rare and are always taken very seriously.
Another important factor in enhancing student motivation is by working hard to create lessons which are different in topic and structure each day. A wide variety of recognised teaching methods and approaches are used at Castle School.
We also understand that students will be demotivated if they are troubled by circumstances in their life outside of the classroom. These kinds of problems can be very distracting for students and have a negative effect on their concentration. We encourage learners to talk to our student services team about any problems relating to accommodation, employment or any personal problems which are making them unhappy. Obviously, some problems in life cannot be solved but we will always do our best to help.
As we have seen, our philosophy, which is based on the fundamental principle that students learn better when they are motivated, has far reaching effects on the overall quality of our teaching. We believe that this school has excellent standards as a result of this philosophy.
Here at Castle School, staff can offer students help on: Welfare & Counselling, Passports & Visas, Insurance & Personal Security, Health & Safety, University Placement Advice and Airport Transfer.
We are situated a stone's throw from the main Brighton Shopping Centre of Churchill Square and a mere 10 minutes walk from the train station.
With both Home Stay and Self Catering accommodation on offer, you can find the right accommodation suitable for you. The average commuting time from nearby accommodation to school is just 15-30 mintues.
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