Ever wish you could acquire your second language as naturally as you did your first? True language acquisition is idea behind immersion programs abroad and immersion-style teaching.
“I’m not good at languages.”
For a long time, the dominant model used by language educators has been language “learning.” Language learning consists of learning about the language – its grammar rules, spelling patterns, etc., through exercises, drills, and memorization. Unfortunately, language learners often complete many years of study, and can correctly fill in the blanks on a grammar quiz, but can’t communicate effectively in the language. At that point, it’s easy for some to conclude that they don’t have a “knack” for language and give it up.
However, this teaching method is like having someone learn to dance by reading about theory and technique, but never actually taking to the dance floor. Although rules … Read More »