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Callan Method School Review Standards

1. Teachers
1.1 Schools must be able to show that systems are in place for the provision of training for teachers in the correct use of the Callan Method. All teachers conducting lessons must have received training in the correct use of the Callan Method.
1.2 Teachers must be able to demonstrate their ability to plan Callan Method lessons effectively, and must maintain all necessary paperwork/systems for the effective administration of the classes they teach.
1.3 There must be clear procedures for monitoring all teaching staff, and for addressing unsatisfactory performance.
1.4 All teachers must have access to Callan Method teaching materials so that they can conduct Callan Method lessons in accordance with section 3 of this document.
1.5 All teachers must monitor the progress of the individual students that they teach and take available measures to ensure that the learning of all students is appropriately managed.
1.6 All teachers must have an adequate command of English such that they are able to conduct effective lessons with the Callan Method at all levels that they teach. Teachers must be able to hear and effectively correct all types of student error.
2. Students
2.1 No student must be placed in the position of having to pay for any Callan Method lesson or product without first having had the Callan Method and its underlying methodology thoroughly explained to them.
2.2 There must be accurate records kept of all students’ attendance.
2.3 Before joining a Callan Method course, all students must be given in writing an explanation of a procedure they can follow for providing feedback to the school regarding their Callan Method course. All feedback and any consequent action taken must be recorded, and Callan Method Organisation (CMO) staff must be allowed access to these records.
3. The Callan Method Lesson
During all Callan Method lessons, teachers must:
3.1 stand up at all times – The only time a teacher should sit is when involved in the reading or dictation parts of the lesson.
3.2 ask all questions twice at speed – All questions should be asked both times at high speed. There should be no pause between the two questions.
3.3 start the answer immediately for student – An adequate prompt must be added to the end of the question the 2nd time to ensure that the student starts to speak immediately.
3.4 speak along with the student during the answer – The teacher must speak along with (“feed”) the student during the answer so as to provide constant support to the student. Feeding should be fast and urgent, and teachers must strive to time their feeding (pushing faster students and pulling slower ones) in such a way that the student can speak as fluently as possible.
3.5 ensure that students give long answers – The student must speak as much as possible. Teachers should, wherever possible, obtain a negative and then positive part to the answer.
3.6 ensure continuous speech – Throughout the lesson, either the teacher or one of the students should be speaking. There should no significant pauses or periods of silence.
3.7 correct the students’ errors – The teacher should strive to correct as many errors as possible of all types (grammatical, pronunciation etc.) Correction should be, whenever possible, by imitation. The teacher should first say “not”, then imitate the error, and then say the correct utterance (e.g. “not ‘pin’, ‘pen'”). The teacher should ensure that the student immediately repeats the correct version of the utterance and then the teacher should immediately continue feeding the rest of the answer to the student, or start the next question.
3.8 ensure that questions are not changed – Each question must be delivered exactly as it is printed in the official Callan Method books, and must not be changed in any way, unless not doing so would be inappropriate to the situation.
3.9 ensure that there is no chatting – The teacher must not initiate conversations with students during a lesson, and should prevent exchanges developing between students.
3.10 distribute questions equally among students – Both in question and answer work, and during readings, the teacher should ensure that, as far as possible, all students participate equally.
3.11 do readings and/or dictations whenever appropriate – Teachers should follow the relevant prompts in their books to make sure that readings and dictations are done appropriately so as to maintain the proper amount of revision for a class.
3.12 ensure that every student has a genuine copy of Callan material – As appropriate for their level.
4. Class management
4.1 The school must have systems in place to ensure that the progress of each Callan Method class is well managed. The school should adhere to the relevant guidelines in the Teacher’s Book or the Teacher’s Guide to ensure that adequate revision takes place and that classes progress in a suitable manner through the different lessons and stages of the Callan Method.
5. Administration
5.1 There must be effective procedures in place for the appropriate timetabling of students, teachers, courses and classrooms.
5.2 All new students, prior to placement in a class, must be assessed adequately to determine the level of Callan Method class that will most benefit their learning of English. The school must, wherever possible, place a student in the class that best meets the student’s needs according to this assessment.
5.3 The school must ensure that, as far as possible, all students are, at all times during their course, studying at the level that best suits their needs as learners.
6. Facilities to be made available to CMO staff
During any school review, CMO staff involved in the school review must be allowed:
6.1 to talk to current students in the school regarding the Callan Method service they are receiving;
6.2 to choose the lessons that they wish to observe as part of the review;
6.3 to access school records relating to student feedback on Callan Method courses and any consequent action taken.