Language Learning Birkenbihl-Approach

Note that many so-called ‘modern Language Learning’ methods have the same problems (for example, when students have to speak from the first moment). Therefore, most “modern” approaches (including “Superlearning”) pose the same problems for the learner.

PROCEDURE: The lesson is presented with a word-for-word translation in which the translation appears below the word. Example (target language: Italian, source language: English)

The task of the student is simple to read the word-for-word translation with automation (optimal: emphasize with a felt-tip pen) to get the general feel for the lesson and visualize its content (the integration of both hemispheres in the learning process).

Each student decides individually which of the following three skills he or she wants to learn:

  • Speaking the language
  • Reading the language
  • Writing the language.

These three learning tasks will NOT take place before the fourth learning step…

Learners, therefore, learn the CONTENTS of the lesson in their native language before trying anything else. If students already have a lot of knowledge, they can only mark the passages they did NOT immediately understand and jump to the word-for-word translations here, reading the target language where it is easy to understand.

However, the beginner will concentrate fully on word-for-word translation first, as none of the target Language Learning words are known at this stage.

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