I came to Ukraine in July 2017 to check out and assess the new, innovative methodology of the 6D Education English Language School in Odessa located on Shevchenko prospekt not far from the beautiful beaches of Arkadiya, the 6D Education English Language School first opened its doors a mere two years ago. The school came into being on the basis of experience gained at its more traditional sister school, the Bridge School over a period of eighteen years. As 6D Education developer Oksana Firstova relates, the motivation for founding such a non-traditional,one might say “alternative” school was to revolutionise language learning and education in general – both in Ukraine and worldwide!
So how does the 6D programme differ? The school currently offers English language courses for beginners through to intermediate level and beyond. I attended several strands of the programme, but focused on the popular A1-A2, English Master Class programme. Every course at the school strives to provide stress free and effort free learning with no language drills or homework. The student’s only homework is to sing and dance at home. 6D provides far more than just English language courses in the traditional sense. The A1-A2 English Master Class programme lasts for some five weeks. It is highly intensive in its approach. Students attend classes for 3 hours on a daily basis. The learning course is steep and focuses on speaking English in a practical context. The course is holistic in its approach as it reveals the hidden capacities of mind, body and spirit. Each lesson begins with a relaxation session to de-stress and synchronise the brain into calm state of mind whereby learning potential is maximised. Classes are small and multimedia in approach. Ancient oriental practices are used for relaxation to help you rid yourself of stress and to prepare your brain for more effective learning. Students sit on comfortable chairs and assume the identity of famous film stars or historical characters – so as to avoid the problem of fearing to make mistakes in terms of their own personality. The class is interactive through out. The relaxed state of mind enables students to learn, recall and remember words – at a conscious and subconscious level. The school owner, Oksana Firstova, describes how methods were tested and represent a significant advance on more traditional methods. Shoes, mobile phones and any other distractions are not allowed in class – the goal is relaxation, self-discovery, learning and revealing the students’ full potential
In addition to this learners at 6D eDucation attend weekly conversation classes with a native speaker!
6D Education school currently only provides courses in English. Plans, however, are under development to introduce a wide range of languages – the first of which in Russian which will be introduced in the very near future, in the coming autumn. This course, too, will be ideal for all learners, from beginners to intermediate and beyond
6D Education school continues to develop and expand, embracing new methods and technologies, including podcasts and the like.
A new expert team of Russian language teachers is currently being recruited to stand alongside the existing team of English language specialists, it professionals and supportive and friendly, administrative staff!