The Linguist’s Sweet Spot for English Learners
The “sweet spot” is an area on a tennis racket that is the best place to hit the ball. It’s the part you want to use – hitting in the sweet spot is going to result in the best serve or return.
I’ve been wondering about The Linguist’s sweet spot.
- What is The Linguist best at teaching?
- What kinds of English learners are we best at serving?
- What level of English learner could benefit most from The Linguist’s teaching strategy?
Most of our learners have been studying English for more than a year. I find this very significant.
Most English learning systems view language as structure: put enough building blocks on top of each other, and you’ve learned the language. So they teach words, grammar, meanings, punctuation, pronounciation, etc.
The problem is that language is organic … it’s a living thing with rhythm and flow. And the whole is far more than the sum of the parts.
Which is why we attract people who have been learning english for a year or more. They’ve tried the other methods, and while they know the English words for man, tree, stick, rock, table, spoon and so on … they can’t, in spite of their long and hard efforts, actually hold a meaningful conversation with an English speaker.
That’s what we focus on – and 3 months of effort can get you well on your way.