Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Accelerated Language Learning Strategies

Accelerated Language Learning Strategies

While language is one of the most important products of human evolution, it uses only a few of the many skills and senses available to our minds.

Our brains evolved to interpret, code and store very complex stimuli such as images, colors, structures, sounds, smells, tastes, touch, positions, emotions and language. The "Theory of Multiple Intelligences" asserts that there are 8 types of intelligence: interpersonal, intrapersonal, logical-mathematical, verbal-linguistic, spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, musical-rhythmic and naturalist.

In the traditional classroom environment most first and second language lessons always present in only one format - as words printed on a page with traditional instruction by grammar translation and rote memorization.

Accelerated Learning language lessons attempts to correct this imbalance by including activities which allow for the activation of the other intelligences such as: sports which involve movement, use of colour on worksheets, creating songs and music, manipulation of objects with arts and crafts.

"Accelerated Learning" is a very broad term in language education and encompasses many different strategies, procedures, techniques, methodologies and approaches. Some "Accelerated Learning" methods include: mind maps, reading to music, multiple intelligences theory, various memory techniques, mood music to influence the emotional and mental state of learners, learning environment setting, rhymes to aid learning, using patterns, neuro-linguistic programming and the use of activities, arts, crafts, sports and dramatic presentations.

One "Accelerated Learning" strategy is the use of mnemonics as a memory tool. Mnemonics help students improve their memory. They help language students remember facts, order or the structure of information. The three fundamental building blocks of mnemonics are imagination, association and location.

Imagination is used to create and strengthen "word-image associations". The more vividly you imagine and visualize a situation, the more effectively the memory is stored for later access and use.

Association is the method by which you link items to be remembered to a way of remembering it. You can create associations by linking them using the same color, smell, shape, or feeling. You can create associations by placing them together, on top, merged, wrapped or interacting in a humourous fashion.

Location provides a context into which you can place information as a unit and a way of separating one mnemonic from another. For example, by setting one mnemonic in Toronto and another similar mnemonic with images of Vancouver, we can separate them with no danger of confusion. You can build the images and atmosphere of these cities into your mnemonics to strengthen the feeling of location.

Second language learning takes a lot of time and effort and motivation. Students who use the "Accelerated Learning" strategies and methods with the assistance of a professional tutor will learn more, save time, save money and enjoy learning.

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