View context for this page View table of contents for this book View table of contents for LinguaLinksLibrary Go to LinguaLinks home page

Stage two of language learning



In stage two input is comprehensible if the learner already knows the nonlinguistic content what he or she is hearing or if the communication situation is very predictable. There is more genuine two-way conversations with speakers of the language, although it takes a very patient native speaker to persevere in trying to communicate with a learner at this stage.


The result of getting through stage two well is quite a bit of “fluency” in comprehending language which uses a variety of structures in connected discourse, with an ever growing vocabulary.


In stage two, the learner is able to speak well in tasks that are fairly structured and predictable (as in the ACTFL Intermediate stage).


Greg Thomson, personal communication

Context for this page:

Go to SIL home page This page is an extract from the LinguaLinks Library, Version 3.5, published on CD-ROM by SIL International, 1999. [Ordering information.]

Page content last modified: 23 October 1998

© 1999 SIL International