Learning to Speak a Second
How to speak fluently in less time — whether in an established school or when studying alone.
Their promises sound good to you as a new arrival in the country. A number of language schools advertise that they will teach you to speak fluently in a short period of time. While telling you they will teach you to speak, however, they will actually teach you to read, to write, and to memorize grammar rules, but they will largely fail to retrain your tongue to speak the local language.
Or you may be in an area where there is little formal language study available. You may find a tutor or a small school that will claim to teach you the language. Again, however, the language instruction will likely do little to retrain your tongue to actually speak that new language.
In either case, you face the same obstacle. On the one hand, there are prestigious institutions that will expose you to current methods and enriched cultural life, but they will fail to provide the necessary retraining so that you can rapidly learn to speak the local language fluently. On the other hand, there are inadequately prepared schools trying to teach their language courses without understanding what learning to speak a second language entails.
This book was written to show you how to effectively learn a new language. It will give you important information regarding methods to use, whether you enroll in a highly esteemed university language program or study in a remote area with few formal language learning resources. Its primary purpose, however, is to show you how to retrain your mind — and your tongue — in order to acquire a new language.
With that information, you can learn to speak your target language in considerably less time regardless of the resources available to you.
Chapter 1: The Proprioceptive Sense in Language Learning explains the concept on which the new Feedback Training Method described in this book is built. Chapters 3 and following will tell you how you can apply that information as you learn your target language.
Chapter 2: Focusing on the Target Language addresses the critical concern of choosing the kind of language instruction that is best for you. Too often a language course is selected for no other reason than that the name of the target language is included in the course title. This chapter evaluates the important step of selecting appropriate language instruction by showing the choices made by a fictitious international student as she selects her own English study program.
The appendix material is taken from the free downloadable website course Spoken English Learned Quickly at www.FreeEnglishNow.com. The appendices demonstrate various types of spoken language exercises that you could develop in your target language during your study.
We wish you the best of success as you begin studying your new target language.
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