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Language Acquisition: How the Human Mind Creates and Acquires Language. John De Mado Language Seminars, LLC 125 S. Collier Blvd./ B202 Marco Island, FL 34145 E-mail: [email protected] Web: www.demado-seminars.com ____ Specifically Prepared for the MFLA Conference

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Language acquisition how the human mind creates and acquires language
Language Acquisition:How the Human Mind Creates and Acquires Language

John De Mado Language Seminars, LLC

125 S. Collier Blvd./ B202

Marco Island, FL 34145

E-mail: [email protected]

Web: www.demado-seminars.com

____

Specifically Prepared for the MFLA Conference

~Saturday, October 13, 2012~


Attitude
~Attitude~

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the string that we have, and that is our attitude... I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our attitudes.”

Charles Swindoll


Language error and psycholinguistics
Language, Error and Psycholinguistics

. Risk-Taking: The willingness to confront more language than which you presently own.

·Vulnerability: The willingness to err for the broader goal of communication

·Intuition: The ability to sift for meaning


Differentiating mastery from proficiency
DIFFERENTIATING MASTERY FROM PROFICIENCY

MASTERYPROFICIENCY

GRAMMAR RULESVOCABULARY ACQUISITION

(vocabulary) (grammar)

TEACHING ACQUISITION

FOCUS FOCUS

METALANGUAGE INTERLANGUAGE

IDENTIFY COMMUNICATE

IMITATIONSELF- SELECTION


Defining proficiency
Defining Proficiency

“...The ability to deliver and receive

communication that is situationally

appropriate...”De Mado



Interlanguage
INTERLANGUAGE

SPEAKER/ L2

SPEAKER/ L1


Interlanguage1
INTERLANGUAGE

SPEAKER/ L2

SPEAKER/ L1


Interlanguage2
INTERLANGUAGE

SPEAKER/ L2

SPEAKER/ L1


Error vs mistakes
ERRORVs MISTAKES

ErrorMistakes

  • -Inventive - Fossilized

  • -Dynamic - Static

  • -Transitional Influence - Permanent

  • -Intuitive Selection - Conscious Selection


Types of error
Types of Error

  • Interlinguistic:

    Brought about by the clash of two or more languages…

  • Intralinguistic:

    Brought about by the unique peculiarities of a given language...


World language teacher affirmation
~World Language Teacher Affirmation~

I am a World Language teacher and, as such, I am among the most colorful educators

in the world. I am opinionated, volatile, emotional… and generally imbued with the capacity

to find humor even in the most dire of circumstances.

I am singularly patient with those around me who haven’t a clue as to the role of second

language acquisition in the American curriculum. I am patient with the mythologies that

propound the notion that functioning in more than one language is somehow outside the

scope of the American mind.

I am tenacious. The fact that mine is the only culture in the world where one can be

monolingual and still be considered literate does not deter me from my mission of

celebrating diversity.

I am risk-taking. I have dared to acquire the language and assume the culture of at least one

other linguistic group. I have traveled the world in search of understanding... allowed myself

to be vulnerable... and learned to respect the value of intuition.

I am, above all, optimistic... even in the face of absurdity. Like mythical Sisyphus, so often I

push the rock up the hill only to have it roll back down on me. Even so, I

adopt the stance offered up by Camus when he reminds me to “imagine Sisyphus happy."


JDMLS

John De Mado Language Seminars, LLC

125.S. Collier Blvd./ B202

Marco Island, FL 34145

_______

Phone/Fax (239) 394-5304

E-mail: [email protected]

www.demado-seminars.com

“Liberating yourself is nothing. What is arduous

is knowing how to be free…” Gide, The Immoralist


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