ACTLAN derives its name from “Action Language” and is an innovative methodology to teach language.

ACTLAN also offers a wide range of workshops and technical assistance for TEACHERS, and can design specific TEACHING PROGRAMS to meet teachers/ students needs at a school.

Natural Progression

ACTLAN methodology mimics the way we learn to speak our first native language as children. When we first learn to speak, we use hearing and sight to understand what others are saying, and then use those senses to develop the skills to have a conversation.

Students using ACTLAN communicate naturally – particles are no longer a problem. It makes scripts easy for everyone. Through this method, students truly enjoy their lesson and instinctively develop a foundation/core for the language.

Cultural Experience

Drawing on the gestures of sign language and other body languages, ACTLAN incorporates the importance of learning culture to develop effective communication skills. It uses both current cultural trends and traditional stories and customs to offer rich opportunities to raise intercultural awareness.

Student & Teacher Satisfaction

ACTLAN is a powerful and proven teaching tool for teachers, and is beneficial to school and mature age students. Its success lies in the fun lessons full of original, modern and relevant class activities. The engaging lessons maximizes the student usage of language, and allows students to recognize and appreciate their own development as they begin to understand, write and speak more and more.

ACTLAN methodology of teaching develops over two stages.  These fundamental stages are supported by reading activities, learning games and cultural activities for an effective, outcome based program.  Currently, ACTLAN is catered for Japanese language teaching, however, the principles can be adapted to any language classroom.

Stage One
Aim:  Students learn basic sentence patterns.  Tell a traditional story in Japanese and then create their own story.

Based on the principles of first language acquisition, the ACTLAN method begins with students listening and orally practising the 20 most commonly used verbs (with conjugations), nouns and particles, with hand mining.

As students repeat and mime the actions, they continue to look at the cards so that  recognition develops quickly for most students. From this springs a capacity to write the words that they have become familiar with.  So, a classic Listen/Speak/Read/Write scenario, but with the very powerful addition of DOING the ACTIONS, which aids memorisation and rapidly grows confidence.  This is made more fun by telling a story to hip hop rhythm, while using the mime hand actions.

Finally students can read whole sentences, manipulate the cards to make original sentences for all to see, and begin to write original sentences using the cards available.  Then students can describe photos/ pictures and even create original stories.

Find out more about ACTLAN Stage One on the Products page

Stage Two

Aim: Focus on reading and writing with more words for expressing their feelings and thoughts in Japanese.

Stage Two contains more word cards (verbs, adjectives, nouns) and grammar teaching cards.  Through reading the “Three Little Pigs” story, students learn more verbs, nouns, descriptions (adjectives) as well as complex sentence patterns.  There are many activities based on the story and cross curricular activities (including BLMs): ask/answer questions in Japanese, singing the “One Week Song” about their daily/weekly activity, create and write their own weekly plan schedule.

Stage Two introduces how to teach focusing on forms (grammar) in fun and easy ways. After Stage Two students are freely able to  communicate and express themselves in Japanese.

Find out more about ACTLAN Stage Two on the Products page