What this means is that the teacher tries to stay in the target language 90% of the class time and it probably has a positive impact on the student's ability to learn. After all this is exactly what #immersion is. You are singled out, feeling almost alone. Although it's often unpleasant, we believe it's a natural part of learning a foreign language. The real problem arises when the student doesn't stay in target language 90% of the time. However, just because there is something or someone making noise in the background, doesn't mean the student is actively listening and trying to understand what is being said. Students can simply tune out a teacher or their fellow students when they are not actively engaged.
Arithmetic is not the most popular subject for people with liberal arts degrees, but let's do some simple math. Let's assume a normal class is 40 minutes long and it's scheduled 5 times a week, giving us a total of 200 minutes of potential #immersion. Let's further assume that the teacher has done an excellent job and stayed in the target language all 90% of the minutes allotted, which makes it an even 180 minutes or 3 hours a week. Finally let's assume that there are 6 students in the class and, if we divide 180 minutes by 6, each student gets 30 minutes of direct one-on-one interaction. This is spread over 5 days, meaning that in total a student gets 6 minutes per day to practice speaking.
What is more effective?
Our offer lets students teach their peers in another country in their native language once a week and to be taught a foreign language by their peers a different time that week. That means the student is not staying in the target language for 40 minutes a week, which is in direct conflict with the rule of staying in the target language 90% of the class time. According to our data, students who study just twice a week via direct one-on-one interaction without any supplemental group classes are improving 1 proficiency level ON AVERAGE every 25 lessons. It's up to you to decide what is more effective. Is it 30 minutes a week broken down into 5 days of active speaking a week or 40 CONTINUOUS minutes of one-on-one with their peers every week. You will still have the remaining 3 days to do you normal class activities. We believe that 40 minutes CONTINUOUSLY helps immerse your brain in a target language MORE vs doing it for 6 minutes A DAY 5 times a week. As mentioned by #Bill_Gates in the above video, if you are reading a book for less than an hour, it's harder to focus on what happens in the book.
You can read a much more detailed description of our vision about how foreign languages should be learned in the classroomhere. Our first semester comes at NO cost, so there is nothing to loose. You can test it and if it doesn't work, you have lost nothing.