It is well known that children learn English in a way different from adults.
Children are able to absorb other languages without being taught grammar.
Adults have a different way of learning. Sometimes they feel they need
grammar. But I think what Maggi is saying, is if you can learn more the way
you did as a child, without worrying about whether you make mistakes or not,
then this might help you make progress in that language. Language is a
skill. You can only learn so much of a skill through studying ABOUT it.
Mainly you have to DO it, practice it over and over. That is how you
acquire any skill. To learn the skill, the practice is more important than
the rules (of grammar, for example).
This is what we do (Maggi, Michael and I). We give you opportunities to use
and practice your English skills. Language is communication, so we also
give you real reasons to communicate. All of us in this community, the
teachers and the learners, give you an audience. We are interested in what
you have to say and we encourage you to say it. Eventually you come to like
the others in the community, and it's interesting to get to know them. You
want to communicate with them and you want them to communicate with you. So
you have real reasons to write and speak to them.
It's also interesting that a community such as this has been together for
over a year and is growing both larger and closer. We are about the right
size. There aren't so many of us that we don't know each other personally.
It's an interesting experiment, and Maggi, Michael and I would like to see
how far we can go with it. We'd like to know what we are doing right that
keeps it together and what makes is a community.
But Felix makes an important point as well. If there is something missing,
what is that? Is there something we can do to make the experience better
for you? There are a lot of sites on the Internet that might be able to
teach you what you want to know, if that's the approach that's comfortable
for you? Would you like for us to identify some of them for you? Would you
then go out and look at those sites and report back?
But what is that "something missing"?? Any ideas from any of you?
At 11:59 PM 2/21/00 -0300, you wrote:
>of course I didnt learn grammar first Mad, but you are to remember that we
>involved in English all day long, so you don't practice it a lot. That's
>necessary to know grammar rules although you have to practice speaking much
>than grammar.. What I meant is that I think there's something missing..
>grammar... Maybe it's not.. But of course I do like Webheads and I've
learned a lot
>with you all (culture, behavior, new words). But I think there's something
>Margaret Ann Doty wrote:
>> Felix wrote:
>> > I agree with you Denilson.. And I remember that once someone at
>> > argued with me when I told that. I think you remember that, right Mad??
>> > I do like the classes here, but as you said, it's missing something. I
>> > learning a language involves many things, and we are getting to almost
>> > everything. But it's still missing something.. How knows if it's grammar
>> > topis, or exercises, or something like that?
>> Too many people think grammar is how you learn a language, but think
>> you learned to speak your native language...did your parents teach you
>> You could speak the language before you went to school. How did you
>> Maggi (Mad)