BIRKENBIHL APPROACH: BRAIN FRIENDLY ACCELERATED LANGUAGE LEARNING

June 24, 2019

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Learners are supposed to pronounce right from the start. Either during the learning of vocabulary or during class (speaking the target language from the first moment). While this approach is believed to be particularly “modern” it is not brain-friendly. Consider that babies listen to language for months before they try to imitate some of the sounds heard over and over while we expect language learners to immediately imitate sounds they are not yet familiar with.

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