THE ACQUISITION LEARNING DISTINCTION

Acquisition

  • Similar to child first language acquisition

  • "picking up” a language

  • Subconscious

  • Implicit knowledge

  • Formal teaching does not help

Learning

  • Formal knowledge of language

  • "knowing" about a language

  • Conscious

  • Explicit knowledge

  • Formal teaching helps

 

Teaching Method

"The Natural Approach"

Incorporates two aspects

  • PHYSICAL - This method is based on the scientific fact that memory is not involved in the learning language process.  Language is a function of a peculiar structure of the human brain.  Areas of the brain have been identified with linguistic skills, such as producing and understanding speech.

    • Parietal Lobe, Left - controls the ability to understand spoken and/or written language.

    • Temporal Lobe (right & left) - The lobe related to memory is the - controls the visual & verbal memory.

 

 

The Natural Approach theory states that language acquisition occurs in only one way: by understanding messages. We acquire language when we obtain comprehensible input. Our method goal is to supply comprehensible input, and to bring the student to the point where he or she can understand language outside the classroom.

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