I actually let out a pleased little squeak when I saw this because ohhh man, that is beautiful.
Chris Lonsdale TedX talk (How to learn any language in six months)
5 principles and 7 actions generalised for learning anything.
- Focus on content that is relevant to you (give problem then teach the ‘tools’ then the tools are relevant).
- Use your learning to communicate/solve problems straight away
- When you first understand the message, you will unconsciously acquire the language (comprehensible input)
- Physiological training. If you can’t hear it, you’re not going to understand it. If you can’t understand it you’re not going to learn it.
- Psycho-pyhsilogical state matters. Happy, relaxed, curious, tolerant of ambiguity.
- Listen a lot. Doesn’t matter if you understand it or not.
- Focus on getting the meaning first (before the details)
- Start mixing. How many different things can you do with what you already have?
- Focus on the core: the most commonly used methods.
- Get a learning parent. Give the student a safe environment for confidence by understanding and reframing correctly what the student is doing. Talk with language the student understands. Someone interested in you as a person. 4 rules: 1. Works hard to understand what you are saying. 2. Does not correct mistakes. 3. Confirms understanding by using correct language. 4. Uses methods the learner knows.
- Copy the face
- Direct connect to mental images
Changes I could implement:
- Allow students to be creative. Get them to invent questions with methods they have already learned. Encourage them to think about how many different problems they could solve with what they have already learned.
- Be a ‘learning parent’ for students. Consider ad follow the 4 rules listed above.