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Guidelines for Stage 1 of the Relational approach


  Here are some guidelines to follow when you use Stage 1 Relational approach to language learning:
  • You probably enjoy and even feel a need to get to know people, especially one-on-one so use Survival Phrases and Power Tools to meet people and get acquainted with them.
  • If the language you are learning is related to a language you already know, you will learn a lot from interacting with people from the beginning.
  • If the language you are learning is completely unrelated to anything you know, this first stage may be frustrating because you will not be able to communicate effectively.
  • Remember that you are working on the building blocks during your structured time.

    Use the following as you work with your language associate:

    Work at understanding the principles of this kind of practice, and make your own variations. Expose yourself to a variety of grammatical structures by consulting a grammar checklist.

  • Remember that the time you spend with people (watching, interacting, and forming relationships) is very important, even if you cannot say much.

    In these situations

    • notice nonverbal aspects of communication, and
    • identify common communication situations you can expect to be involved in.
  • Start making notes about what you observe.

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