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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“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.”
. 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
GRAMMAR RULESVOCABULARY ACQUISITION
“...The ability to deliver and receive
communication that is situationally
Brought about by the clash of two or more languages…
Brought about by the unique peculiarities of a given language...
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
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."