At Groupetude, we encourage our students to push their limits and discover that by working together, anything is possible.
Our tutoring and language programs offer affordable and unique solutions to all learners.
Collaboration and teamwork are the key to success within our immersion and tutoring programs. Learners communicate with one another and help each other find solutions to set problems. Our philosophy is based on the idea of deliberate practice, as put forward by researcher Carol Dweck; the focused and intense practice of a specific skill. At Groupetude, we exercise this through project-based work in both our virtual lessons and workshops.
Our method works because it ensures that our students have regular contact with their target language. We are here to help students learn how to learn and consolidate their knowledge. Regular, deliberate practice is the key to success.
Our objective is simple: teach our students how to be autonomous in their learning, both within a group dynamic and hen they are studying on their own. In this way, we will help them learn transferable skills.
We emphasize group work based on specific weekly themes.
Our learners are guided in their work by teachers who will help steer them on the right path towards finding the solution to their problem. The ultimate goal is for our students to learn how to come to their own conclusions and arrive at solutions while working alone and within a team.
Ambitious instruction is based on the idea that a teacher must push his or her students to reflect on the material that is being taught. Students are encouraged to ask each other questions, to think, to express their ideas and their worries, and to questions themselves.
While acquiring another language, a learner must be able to practice their skills, put them to the test, and gain confidence. It is by speaking, by interacting with others and by using their knowledge, that students will make progress and feel comfortable in the target language.
Our teachers are trained to facilitate a unique approach at every level. Our mission is to engage our students and to lend meaning to their studies. We work within the scope of the European framework, and present our learners with elements from literature, pop culture, music, art, science and more. We use original material from the web, from books, from newspapers and journals in order to engage our students.
School may not be for everyone, but learning should be. Each person is unique and everyone should be able to find their hook, the thing that makes them ant to learn. We’re here to help do that.
In her book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, the researcher and psychologist, Angela Duckworth explores the idea that grit is what pushes us to succeed in life.
Our objective at Groupetude is to teach learners how to pursue their goals and learn the kind of work ethic needed to succeed in language learning. One of the crucial points in our method is the development of a growth mindset. Of course, this is not something that a school alone can instill, however, research has shown that even by only helping students understand how the brain works and learns, we can help them understand that failure is not a permanent condition. (Duckworth) Everyone has been there, failure must be used as an opportunity to learn rather than to give up; it is a step in the learning process. In order to succeed, one must try, and try, and try again.
Here, we mean to help students surmount their fear of failure, to not give up, to persevere. We mean to help them see that their effort can be rewarding, help them step out of their comfort zone, to reach beyond, step by step. To do this, we use challenging material; challenging but attainable by continuous effort, deliberate practice and interesting material.
In her book, Angela Duckworth studies what leads to success, and one of the most important factors is deliberate practice. Deliberate practice: continuous improvement, the spirit of Kaizen; 1. it is extremely intentional 2. requires 100% focus 3. specific and immediate feedback 4. refinement, or reflection.
The quality and frequency of practice are very important. This is why our programs invite students to a minimum of 2 (adults) sessions per week, while always focusing on a specific skills, approached from various angles. Students will not only learn the principles of the language, but also understand and appropriate it for themselves. They will develop reflexes and long-term habits.
Even if many of us study alone, in groups is where the learning really happens.
Another researcher, Sugata Mitra, has shown how important group work actually is. This doesn’t only equate to sitting in the same room with your peers, but interacting with them in a meaningful way.
Far from a full classroom concept, we’ve opted for small groups of 3 to 6 students of a similar level of proficiency. This will help create an atmosphere that is conducive to learning, emphasize speaking practice and put each student at ease.
Our teachers are facilitators; they guide learners and help create discussions and foster communication within the group. The objective is to teach students how to work within a group dynamic, leaning on one another to find answers and solutions to problems. Our teachers do not provide answers, the students do; and they are guided by our instructors and assisted on an as needs basis.
We provide training for all of our instructors, who are qualified and experienced professionals. They act as mentors and foster a caring, comfortable and growth-oriented atmosphere, maximizing the learning potential of each student.
Our teaching practices have been specially designed to work within a 100% online environment.
Each student joins his or her lesson via a unique link through the application Zoom.
With this simple app, all you need is an internet connection, a microphone and headphones, as well as a webcam (it really is a plus to be able to see everyone in the group)!
Our teaching resources will be freely available to all students in their Google Classroom interface, so that they (and for teens, their parents) can keep all their materials in one place, keep track of their schedule, and communicate with their classmates and teacher throughout the week.
Our concept creates a community learning experience where students form life-long connections with each other and their teachers. We are social creatures, and language is by nature social; to put it differently, to learn a language efficiently, one must use it in a social context.
We are a small school, we care about our students, young and not so young, their parents, and our staff. If you like what you read, give a call or send us a message, even if it’s only to ask for advice; we’re here to help!