The thinking behind Sydney Alive Study Tours
Sydney Alive Study Tours is English Language Teaching (ELT) outside the traditional classroom of a school, it is experiential learning. An innovative combination of education and tourism, Sydney Alive Study Tours makes English as a Second Language (ESL) learning fun and unique, and tourism a more intelligent experience.
As education has moved from the industrial age to the information age, traditional ideas of education, and ELT, are becoming obsolete. One example is the classroom. A by-product of the industrial age, it has served its purpose to create line workers for factories and other industrial age work environments and processes. Outcome or product orientated, it valued uniformity, stability, permanence and security.
But now that we are in the information age, a new type of classroom is needed. A classroom that is person or process orientated. One that values diversity, personal potential and fulfillment, through flexibility, choice and personal control.
Students and teachers in the information age are expected to be innovative, communicative and collaborative, not receptive, compliant and dependent. Sydney Alive Study Tours embodies all these expectations, engaging the learner through its Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) based approach to ELT.
Based on the social learning theory of social constructivism, CLIL is an approach for learning content through an additional language (foreign or second language), thus teaching both the subject and the language. It is an umbrella term which encompasses bilingual education, content based instruction, immersion, English (or other languages) as medium of instruction, and other methodologies.
Numerous studies have shown that ‘learning by doing’ is far more successful than traditional pedagogies, which form the basis of Sydney Alive Study Tours. Often the best school day for students and teachers alike is excursion day, where learning is taken out of the classroom and happens in the real world. The new environment engaging the learner and enhancing the learning process.
The study tours in practice
The first thing that sets Sydney Alive Study Tours apart from your standard study tour is the high level of collaboration that brings all parties together to create a unique learning program.
The second thing that sets Sydney Alive Study Tours apart is that it has moved the classroom to where the tour is. Why learn in a school classroom, when you can take the classroom with you. Walk along the Sydney coastline while on a treasure hunt, then finish your adventure in a conference room at a beach side club with dinner and drinks. Learn vocabulary and grammar associated with golf at the clubhouse before walking out on to the course or driving range and teeing off.
The third thing that sets Sydney Alive Study Tours apart is the novel use of technology. With the mobility of smart phones and tablets, along with the ubiquity of wireless Internet connectivity, technology no longer keeps you stationary. Perhaps on the treasure hunt mentioned above, a smart phone or tablet is used for orientation. Or a trivia competition at a pub using either to answer questions and win prizes.
Sydney Alive Study Tours rescues English from the boredom of textbooks and classrooms and brings it to life in the real world by making it kinesthetic (‘hands on’) and active. It has a strong emphasis on speaking & listening using audio & visual materials and technology, all of which create deeper engagement for the learner. A mix of game show, variety show, conversation club, trivia, the classroom, corporate training, and anything else really, makes Sydney Alive Study Tours the new standard of education
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