- LANGUAGE METHODS
- systems to learn languages
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Language_acquisition this wixi has bias in support of a simple theory of "language acquisition" via "comprehensible input".
language "acquisition" differs from language "learning". "learning" tends to prioritize "correctness" "acquisition" tends to focus on "communication"
"comprehensible input" is essential resource for language acquisition according to dr. stephen krashen http://sk.com.br/sk-krash.html
if input is not meaningful to people, or too hard to comprehend, people get bored or stressed.. boredom and stress may not be the best teachers.
method to learn rules for correct construction of "foreign" language.. grammar can be a useful complement to other methods.. exaggerated focus on grammar can cause boredom..
"sink or swim" method forces you to adapt to a new language culture while excluding all use of your native language.. immersion works for many, but many find immersion successful..
if input is meaningful to people, entertaining and easy to comprehend, people tend to "acquire" or learn language more easily..oh whatever...
increasingly introduce "foreign" language words into native language contexts; make step-by-step' context-rich transition into the new language..
total physical response language method developed in 1960's james asher http://tpr-world.com/ABC.html
total physical response storytelling or teaching proficiency in reading and storytelling blaine ray http://blaineraytprs.com/explanationpage.htm
comment: tprs may better be described as storyasking
language instruction method involves students in interactive development of unfolding story.. storyasking is more widely known as TPRS method
eg TEACHER: ? E L M O N O E S V E R D E O R O J O ? the monkey is green or red STUDENT: ! V E R D E ! TEACHER: ! Q U E S I'! E L M O N O E'S V E R D E ! right - - -
circling method is instructive art of - asking questions - answering with repetitions - rephrasing questions - repeating rephrased answers TEACHER: ?es el mono rojo? STUDENT: !NO! TEACHER: !no, el mono no es rojo.. !el mono es verde! ?es el mono verde? STUDENT: !que si!! TEACHER: ! C O R R E C T O ! el mono es verde correct circling repeats comprehensible input in variable contexts
twext translations help you learn the lyrics to popular songs and many other meaningful texts, including sayings, quotes etc etc etc.
different strokes for different folks.. various people have various learning styles, typically combined in various proportions..
remember, this is wiki.. you can edit this page. above all, before bias to any method or dogma, wixi's intent is to serve language learners..
is there room for improvement in language methods? what methods do you use to learn languages?