In the classroom we are told to endlessly study grammar and memorise concepts, however, research shows that language is acquired through authentic experiences. My teaching method is based on Dr. Stephen Krashen´s second language acquisition theory, in which one uses comprehensible input to acquire a language, rather than 'learn' it. Comprehensible language input can be either listening or reading content in your target language that helps you understand the context despite not understanding every word and structure at first. I combine this type of input with additional learning material to enhance your listening skills and the learning process. With this method, you will notice faster progress while learning how to speak more like a native, and most importantly, acquiring German will be a fun experience rather than a tedious drill.
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“We acquire language in only one way: when we understand what people say and when we understand what we read“ -Dr. Stephen Krashen
Comprehensible input is native, authentic language input that uses slow speech, visual cues (gestures, pictures, etc.), familiar content, anything that engages you and where your brain is able to make connections to what is being said. The more senses are involved the better so your brain can make even more connections and starts to build patterns. Research shows that this is the best way to acquire a language naturally. With this type of input we build up vocabulary as well as a strong picture of how the language works. The fundamental factor is listening. By the time you are ready to speak and start practising language ‘output’, you will have gained a natural sense for what feels right and wrong. This means you can apply grammar without having studied the formal rules and be able to self-correct pronunciation as you also gain a more convincing accent.
There are some 'best practices' when applying comprehensible input, which we will explore in our lessons. To maximise efficiency, I will tailor specific input resources to you individually and the level you’re currently at. In addition, I will provide you with ‘practice’ plans, interactive lessons, native input, and as we go along you will understand more and more about how to best acquire a language.