She doesn’t have a certificate or a Masters in teaching Korean. If she had one, maybe she would be too stubborn to learn the real secrets of language acquisition. Input based teaching is the most powerful way to get the student fluent and speaking spontaneously. So many people just don’t understand this.
To prove my point, if you have an hour to kill and you don’t know any Russian, watch this video:
Okay, so how much Russian did you learn?
Compare that to an hour of TTMIK podcast. Which do you think is better?
I’d pick story telling any day of the week over boring explanations of grammar from people who have no clue about language acquisition.
The one and only one way we learn language is when we understand messages. I understood 100% of the story we made together today. We only spent 30 minutes making the story today. Just look at how much we were able to create!
Last week in my city hall class, we learned phrases and vocabulary for riding the bus, the train, airplane and boat. I actually forgot a lot of those phrases now. Mostly because it was boring and painful. “Practice with the person next to you!” (and then she proceeds to speak in Korean assuming we understand what she’s saying.) She often goes out of bounds with words (Says things we don’t know or won’t know.)
Don’t get me wrong, I love the class and get lots of input from the teacher. She is really smart and explains the grammar well. But as for language acquisition the way the class is taught is slow and a bit painful.
Okay, enough of my rant. Just to show you how much we can accomplish in 30 minutes with my TPRS tutor, here is the story from today’s Korean class:
지난 일요일에, 한 승객이 버스정류장 앞에 서있었어요. 그 승객은 10시간 동안 서서 버스를 기다렸어요.
잠시 후에 빠른 버스가 왔어요. 하지만 불행하게도 그 승객은 버스를 타지 못했어요.
왜냐하면 그 버스는 빛의 속도로 달렸기때문에요.
그 승객은 버스를 타기위해서 같이 빛의 속도로 달리기 시작했어요.
갑자기 누군가가 소리쳤어요. “할머니!! 뛰지마세요”
할머니는 멈췄어요. 한 경찰관이 할머니 앞으로 다가왔어요.
Here is my translation:
Last Sunday, a passenger was standing at the bus stop. This passenger waited for the bus for 10 hours. After that, a fast bus came. But unfortunately, this passenger could not ride the bus. This is because that bus ran by at the speed of light. That passenger started to run along with the bus at light speed in order to ride it(the bus). Suddenly someone cried out “Granny! Don’t run!” The grandmother stopped. A police officer came up close in front of the grandmother.