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There Are More To The 
Basics Than Meets the 
Eye! 
Andrew Weiler
What are the basics? 
 Grammar 
 Pronunciation 
 Spelling 
 Vocabulary 
 Reading Comprehension 
 Conversation Practi...
Results? 
 Very poor rates of success in learning 2nd language 
 Nearly 100% success rate in learning first language 
Fi...
Why are rates in 
SLA so poor? 
 Infants are better learners (adults are poorer) 
 Our brains are not so good, infants f...
BUT! 
 How about people who learn a second language, 
and even more languages with relative ease, to high 
levels?
Why? 
 Are they somehow uniquely talented, whilst the rest 
are not? 
 Or is there something else at work?
Strategies are a key! 
 Consider cooking nasi goreng. 
 The ones who make it well, use the right ingredients 
and a good...
Ingredient problems 
 Learning with the intellect, 
understanding rules, 
memorising content may 
work for some subjects ...
Strategy problems 
 Skill requires that we 
develop one aspect of a skill 
and build on that. Skill 
means being able to ...
Learning Skills 
 For too long, language 
has been taught as 
knowledge 
 This presentation will 
examine what we know 
...
Facets of skill development – a) 
 Learners have a need 
 What This has to be their 
need. ( You can take a 
horse to wa...
Facets of skill development – b) 
 Learners look to learn what 
they need 
 Their mind changes, they open 
it up and loo...
Facets of skill development – c) 
 Learner decides if they are 
getting better 
 No one needs to tell you that 
you have...
Some More Basics! 
 EVERYONE has the ability to learn languages 
successfully 
 Understand that language is a skill 
 S...
Andrew Weiler 
– contact details 
Website/Blog: http://StrategiesInLanguageLearning.com 
Email: andrew@strategiesinlangu...
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There is More to Learning a Language than Knowing the Basics

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To become successful in learning a language you need to do more than the basics.
The basics of learning grammar, pronunciation, grammar and so only results in failure for most people. Successful language learners understand that learning a language is like learning a skill. If you use the right method, you CAN learn what you want.
Understanding how a car works will not help you to become a good driver. Becoming more attentive to what you are doing (and its results) and your environment are a key. If learners ( and their teachers) just understood that and knew what had to happen for them to become more attentive, the success rates would markedly increase.
Watch this presentation, which was recently delivered online to a group of EAL teachers at the 2nd ELTeaM International Conference in Indonesia

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There is More to Learning a Language than Knowing the Basics

  1. 1. There Are More To The Basics Than Meets the Eye! Andrew Weiler
  2. 2. What are the basics?  Grammar  Pronunciation  Spelling  Vocabulary  Reading Comprehension  Conversation Practice
  3. 3. Results?  Very poor rates of success in learning 2nd language  Nearly 100% success rate in learning first language First Language Second Languag e
  4. 4. Why are rates in SLA so poor?  Infants are better learners (adults are poorer)  Our brains are not so good, infants fresh and new  We have more problems, infants have none  Etc
  5. 5. BUT!  How about people who learn a second language, and even more languages with relative ease, to high levels?
  6. 6. Why?  Are they somehow uniquely talented, whilst the rest are not?  Or is there something else at work?
  7. 7. Strategies are a key!  Consider cooking nasi goreng.  The ones who make it well, use the right ingredients and a good method!!  Learning another language is the exactly the same
  8. 8. Ingredient problems  Learning with the intellect, understanding rules, memorising content may work for some subjects but not for language, which fundamentally is a skill  We need to use awareness to drive our learning  Learning to ride a bicycle  Learning to drive a car
  9. 9. Strategy problems  Skill requires that we develop one aspect of a skill and build on that. Skill means being able to do.  Does not mean remember – does mean to do, in a “creative setting”  As skills develop we can introduce others...  Confidence building side by side
  10. 10. Learning Skills  For too long, language has been taught as knowledge  This presentation will examine what we know about skill learning and how that can be used to improve the teaching and learning process.
  11. 11. Facets of skill development – a)  Learners have a need  What This has to be their need. ( You can take a horse to water but…)  Learners want to do something and they can’t  To give something, to put something, to move something , to describe something, etc  Includes sounding native like, etc
  12. 12. Facets of skill development – b)  Learners look to learn what they need  Their mind changes, they open it up and look…  This is something THEY do. Learners use trial and error to teach them  They try, fall over, get up, fall over, get up – by doing that they can work out what they need to change to so they will not fall over  The teacher has a role here…providing structured situations where they learn what is needed..not at random.
  13. 13. Facets of skill development – c)  Learner decides if they are getting better  No one needs to tell you that you have succeeded, when you are riding a bike...you know it!!  You see that you have succeeded, and from there your confidence grows  With improving skills and confidence, learner feels reinvigorated
  14. 14. Some More Basics!  EVERYONE has the ability to learn languages successfully  Understand that language is a skill  Skills grow best if the learner is in charge  Provide structured learning experiences that enable learners to grow their skills (bit like building blocks)  Provide key boundaries, so learners know if they are getting closer or not.  Issue is not good or bad, but reached or not reached
  15. 15. Andrew Weiler – contact details Website/Blog: http://StrategiesInLanguageLearning.com Email: andrew@strategiesinlanguagelearning.com Linked In: http://lnkd.in/wvWzSp Twitter: @Andrew_Weiler YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/LearnLanguageCoach Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Language.Coach.Andrew.Weiler Book: http://LanguageLearningUnlocked.com Email me your name and email address (school/personal) if you wish to be informed about or involved in trialling of spelling APP development that conforms to the ideas I have been talking about.

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