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.