Guidelines for Stage 1 of the Structured approach
| ||Here are some guidelines to follow in Stage 1 of the Structured approach to language learning:|
- Make a detailed plan that includes interim goals.
- If the language you are learning is related to a language you already know, informal interactions with people will be helpful from the beginning. If not, formal language learning sessions will be more helpful.
Work on the building blocks (sounds, grammatical structures, and vocabulary) during your structured time. These will eventually enable you to communicate with people effectively.
- Remember that time you spend with people (watching, interacting, and forming relationships) is very important towards achieving your ultimate goals.
- Elicit and learn some Survival Phrases and Power Tools to give you something to say so you can meet and get acquainted with people.
Work with a language associate in the following sorts of activities:
- Understand the principles of this kind of practice, and make up your own variations.
Expose yourself to a variety of grammatical structures by consulting a grammar checklist.
- Use your observational skills to identify communication situations you can expect to experience. Notice nonverbal aspects of communication taking place in these situations.
- Make notes about what you observe.