Welcome to Beyond Language Learning.
Most language learning blogs are focused on how to go about learning languages in the world as it is today, making do with what’s available.
Beyond Language Learning is about building a world where, as much as it is possible, language learning at any age is effortless, fast, and fun, leads to native-like levels of fluency, and can happen while enjoying and learning many other things.
This blog advocates for more research on language learning, especially on areas that have not received much attention, like controlling for the differences between typical adult and child second language learning.
- Language learning research and opportunities for comprehensible input: a “chicken-and-egg” problem
- The ALG-shaped hole in research on second-language acquisition
- The ALG-shaped hole in second-language acquisition research: a further look
It also advocates for better language learning opportunities, especially for comprehensible input, which is lacking for adult beginners in particular, even though experts widely agree that it is essential for language learning.
- Where is all the comprehensible input?
- Learn languages like children? Adults aren’t even given the chance!
- Listening classes
- If language learning is harder for adults, why give them less and not more?
This blog also looks at language learning approaches and techniques that might help adults effortlessly approach native-like fluency in second languages.
It has focused in particular on Automatic Language Growth, a theory and method that claims that given the right opportunities and approach, the average adult can effortlessly learn new languages to near-native or even native-like levels of ability.
- What is Automatic Language Growth?
- How ALG relates to other comprehensible input approaches like TPR, TPRS, and Story Listening
- What is the future of Automatic Language Growth?
The ALG approach has been applied in a number of programs, mainly the AUA Thai Program.
- The difference between ALG and AUA
- Are ALG and AUA really that different from other language learning methods and programs?
I also discuss my own experiences with language learning and using ALG techniques such as Crosstalk.
- Is correction needed to learn to speak a language well?
- My experiences using Crosstalk to learn Thai
- My experiences using Crosstalk to learn Mandarin Chinese
While focusing on a future where language learning is effortless and leads to very high levels of ability, this blog also endeavors to share information and resources to give ways for language learners to move toward this kind of learning today.
- Audio description of TV and movies: a great source of comprehensible input for language learners
- AUA Thai Program alumni create comprehensible input for beginners
If you’re also interested in a world where language learning can be as effortless and effective as possible, I want to hear from you. Leave comments and get in touch! Also, please follow this blog, link to it, and share those posts that you find interesting or helpful.