Helen Doron method

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Helen Doron Method
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The Helen Doron method, developed by linguist and educator Helen Doron, was one of the first early English educational systems in the world.[1] In operation since 1985, children as young as three months learn English with this method, assumedly just like they learn their mother tongue. As of 2009, over one million children have been learning English through this method.".[2]

Learning programs using the method are based on a comprehensive 18-year curriculum for children from 3 months up to 18 years. Courses are geared to both small after-school groups and also kindergarten and school courses for early elementary grades. The Helen Doron method utilizes play, games, stories, workbooks, flash cards, story cards, original songs and music CDs to reinforce spoken English, pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary and reading and writing for older children.

History[edit]

Doron began developing the method when she was researching violin lessons for her first daughter, Ella. She became intrigued by the famed Suzuki Method of violin learning, which closely associates learning music with language study.

Dr. Suzuki called his method "the mother-tongue approach".[3] As a linguist and educator, Helen understood the importance of this principle in teaching English, along with ideals of encouragement and reinforcement.[4] These became the first building blocks of the Helen Doron Early English method. In addition, the teachings of Glenn Doman- known as the Doman method- and his Institute for the Achievement of Human Potential was another influence in the founding of the Helen Doron method as pertaining to accelerating child development[5] and multiplying babies’ intelligence.[6]

In 1985, Doron further augmented her English teaching method using her own homemade song cassettes, rhymes and stories to children from non-English speaking countries. The Helen Doron method provided an English-speaking environment that successfully mimicked the natural process of mother tongue learning.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.univ.rzeszow.pl/wfil/ifa/usar2//sar_v2_19.pdf
  2. ^ http://www.helendoron.com/Helen-Doron.php
  3. ^ Nurtured by Love, Sinichi Suzuki
  4. ^ Ability Development from Age Zero, Sinichi Suzuki
  5. ^ Glenn Doman, Janet Doman (2005-10-12) [1964]. How To Teach Your Baby To Read (Revised ed.). Square One Publishers. ISBN 0-7570-0185-8.
  6. ^ Glenn J. Doman, Janet Doman (2005-11-05) [1983]. How To Multiply Your Baby's Intelligence (Revised ed.). Square One Publishers. ISBN 0-7570-0183-1.
  7. ^ Nora Nagy, philologist and teacher (MA)in English Language and Literature specialized in Applied Linguistics, Hungary