Kick-starting Your Language Learning:
Becoming a basic speaker through fun and games inside a secure nest
© 1993 Greg Thomson. Used by permission.
Complete Table of Contents
This books describes a developmental approach to language learning for beginning language learners developed by Greg Thomson. It describes how a beginning learner can work with a speaker of the target language to learn to understand basic language structures and vocabulary to be ready to become a basic speaker of the language. This information can be helpful to anyone wanting to do self-directed language learning working with a speaker of the target language.
- 1.1. What is a beginning language learner trying to do?
- 1.2. Learning about the language versus learning the language
- 1.3. You can learn the language in the language before you know the language: an example
- 2.1. Your very first language session
- 2.2. After your language session is over
- 2.3. Some more advanced techniques for increasing your ability to understand the language
- 3.1. How soon should I start talking?
- 3.2. General principles in starting to speak the language
- 3.3. Survival expressions
- 3.4. Heavy duty two-way communication: a new phase begins
- 4.1. Some ideas for vocabulary to learn to understand
- 4.2. Sentence patterns you need to be able to understand as a basic speaker
- 4.3. Suggestions for covering a basic range of language functions and communication situations
- 4.4. Final thoughts regarding using the above suggestions
- 5.1. Going on once you're a basic speaker
- 5.2. Other Resources You Might Want to Consider
- 5.3. A Final Summary and Overview