Foreign language learning

 “How to learn any language in 6 months” 5 principles and 7 actions sum up much of my approach: Brain soaking, meaning, mixing what you know, core content, language parent, direct connect (developing the neural pathway to connect new sounds to the image you have in your mother tongue)

Some notes about methods that worked for me (also in Turkish)

 For me, language is a tool for communication.  I have taught English as a Foreign Language for many years, after many years  working as a scientist; I have also tried learning around 14 languages – none to perfection, just for exchanging ideas and making contact.  The brain then forgets… but can recall striking elements.  Most recently I worked out a strategy to learn the Georgian alphabet – excellent neurological training!
  • The better I know a language, the better others will be able to understand.
  • Many ideas can be communicated with limited verbal language.
  • When people want to communicate, a lot more can be understood.  People who do not want to understand can be speaking the same language but will not communicate.

Digital Language Schools Online materials, with fully accessible textbooks for learning English, German, Spanish, Italian, at Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels

Vocabulary: Word lists for learners of English from CEFR, Cambridge, New General and New Academic Wordlist an interactive way of learning a language online.

Elena – an EU project for children between 6 and 8 from border regions learn to speak their neighbouring languages: Dutch, French, German – was a website of material about ways for disabled people to learn English. All ideas and comments were welcomed…

Farsi Lessons online, by a a native Farsi teacher and social anthropologist, who has been teaching Farsi since 2009.  Az-Dur is a website with writings by learners of Farsi; anyone is invited to contribute.

Humanising Language Teaching, the only English language teaching source that I go to:  and 3 articles I published in HLTmag:

  1. Give me Mistakes (2001. Vol 3/4)  How mistakes were used to encourage learners to produce, whether at the school for the blind, or university students lacking confidence.
  2. Language Impaired (2004, Vol 6/2) written from notes about language learning, especially that of Hard of Hearing students.
  3. Signing into English (2007, Vol 9/1)  How Sign language was used to empower young children in their first week of English lessons.