How do kids learn languages so easily and so fast?

One of the questions that is often asked by many is how do children learn languages so easily, so well? In a recent study by Meredith Brinster, part of the answer may lie in the fact that kids generally figure out the words for themselves.  See the report here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/03/070315213151.htm I can’t help but believe that studies …

why study needs to happen after you already know a language

In a facinating book, “The Hidden Connections” by Fritjof Capra I found a reference to the work of philosopher Michael Polyani. To quote Capra, “Whereas explicit knowledge can be communicated and documented through language, tacit knowledge is acquired through experience…” “tacit knowledge is always a precondition for explicit knowledge. It provides the context of meaning …

age and the ability to acquire new things – even language

Two things have happened this week to encourage me to write about this topic. The first was an adult student who visited our Thai Program for a few hours and left with the feeling that I was selling a scam under the name of the AUA Language Center. This rarely happens, and never to my knowledge has …

practice, correction, and the closed feedback loop

When people learn about Automatic Language Growth, they often listen and then quickly conclude that a program of input combined with practice makes sense. [When we began ALG at AUA in 1984, we already had a successful traditional Thai Program. The ALG program grew up alongside it, and then at one point for about 3 years, …

comparing children with adults

I found this paper and it holds much of interest.  It’s a theme familiar to anyone who is connected with natural language acquisition.  I would love to begin constructive dialogue with everyone / anyone on any of the many aspects this paper touches on…http://www.literature.freeservers.com/image_polat/ccfsla.html

braingain – on engagment

Below is a letter I received that points out something we have learned through our ALG Programs – Engagement is the single most vital aspect of language acquisition there is! Dear Education Colleague, Thank you for joining our bi-monthly BrainGain™ email series designed for you, the community of education professionals. As we all know, the rudimentary …

german ci study of pronunciation

In brief: Students in a comprehension approach German class in which speaking was not required (but not forbidden) did much better on a test of pronunciation (imitation) than traditional students. McCandless, P. and Winitz, H. 1986. Test of pronunication following one year of comprehension instruction in college German. Modern Language Journal 70 (4): 335-362. Four …