Effortless Language Acquisition: Thai Innovators
Fun. Friendship. Two of her three key elements address NON-LINGUISTIC factors… ie. emotional/social factors. Aj. Arisara recognizes the primacy of the student’s emotional experience. Without “fun” and “friendship”… there is no “firm foundation”.
I’ve said it before and will keep beating this tired drum… EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE should be the first consideration of any lesson plan. Before goddam “language points”. Before “learning objectives”. Before “class management” issues. Before everything else.
I’ve found that f2f interviews with students individually have greatly helped to form an emotional basis for my relationship with students. I find both students and I can be more honest when no-one else is listening to us.