KAMMS’ mantra has always been: It’s all about communication! Forget about the grammar and about pronouncing words perfectly. The goal is to get your thoughts out of your head and relayed to another person. That’s it. No stress, no worries, just interact with another human being. That’s why language was developed hundreds of thousands of years ago. (For an interesting article on the origin of language see: Origin of Language). Why do so many language teachers and language teaching programs insist on complicating the process by teaching us grammar and irrelevant vocabulary we’ll never use?
Of course, a language professor will probably argue that grammar is essential to language learning, but that’s probably because they haven’t read the latest language acquisition research. They are also, more than likely, one of the less than 3% of the population that actually enjoys learning about grammar. The rest of us are bored to tears by it and quickly become disinterested in learning the language.
Stephen Krashen, an expert in the field of linguistics, did extensive research on second language acquisition and came to the following conclusions: “Language acquisition does not require extensive use of conscious grammatical rules… Acquisition requires meaningful interactions in the target language – natural communication – in which speakers are concerned not with the form of their utterances but with the messages they are conveying and understanding.”
Thank you Dr. Krashen. That’s what KAMMS’ programs were designed to do; give people the short and simple phrases they need to know for specific situations, so they can immediately interact and communicate without worrying about grammar.
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