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Natural Learning Process    (日本語)

The natural learning process follows a simple order:

Listening  -  Speaking  - Reading - Writing

Children learn by hearing the same thing over and over. They learn when they are having fun and their attention is activated.

Input, Input, input ....repeat the same thing every day and you learn without thinking about it.

Children learn by listening repetitively, without thinking about trying to remember.

Children learn best when their Mom and Dad are excited about what they are learning.  We must not separate the parents from the English language learning process.

Children listen to their family members speak to them for two years before they begin to speak themselves. (This becomes a 3000-6000 hours of listening practice base.) Then they begin to copy whatever they hear being said.  Adults tend to repeat the same thing many times for small children.  The child memorizes, and becomes completely fluent in a small amount of the language, around 100-300 words at first, and then 600-1000 words at about four to five years of age.  This is nucleation or building a firm foundation. It creates fluency from the beginning.cavemancook

Goal:  
Become fluent in what you know.  
You’ll never forget it, and you’ll never regret it.

Very quickly this base becomes a handful of simple sentences, which can be used with all the words the child has learned.  After this, multiplication becomes explosive.  Three hundred words and ten sentence patterns quickly produce hundreds of sentence combinations.   All the time new words and sentences are being added.  But with the addition of each word and sentence pattern there is a multiplication effect by combining the previously memorized words and phrases.  See the graph below.

Explosive growth expansion happens in the third year and beyond.  There is no substitute for building the firm foundation base.

This is the Power of the Natural Learning Process.  Many people think the normal classroom style of studying English is still the best.  But if it is working so well, why are there so few people in Japan who speak English even to the first 1000 word level?

 

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"How much do I need to learn?", is a question that many of us have asked.   The English language is a huge assignment. If you just start learning randomly without any plan you’ll never reach your goal.   An adult native English speaker will use 40,000 words easily in daily life.  The same could be said for any other language, for example Japanese or Korean.  However, for the person learning English as a second language  ( ESL), 40,000 words is not a realistic target.  

After many years of study while living in Japan, my lifestyle only supports a 3000-6000 word vocabulary in Japanese.  That is very similar to  the speaking ability of a 7-8 year old child, if you look at the chart above.  There is no limit to the number of words a person can learn.  But there is a limit to how many you can remember.  Because I do not use Japanese everyday as a spoken language, my language learning has leveled off.  If I want to go up, I would need to add more time and effort in my daily and weekly schedule.    

I want to ask you to be realistic.  How much English do you really want or plan to learn?  A realistic goal for everyone in this day and age is a 600 word vocabulary, which is similar to the spoken language of a 4 year old child.  That may sound low.  But seriously, a four year old child can talk for hours.
KidsWow English Pro is design to bring both children and parents together up to the 600 word level.  In the first year of the Japanese public school English program they will introduce about 300-500 words.  However, no one becomes fluent at the 300 word level in one year, studying English three of four times a week.  That is why the failure rate in the present English program is high.  This needs to stop; there is a better way.

A native speaker, as a baby, listens to English for two years, which is about 3600 hours.  Then, in a short period of time the person starts speaking at the 300 word level by the time they are three years of age. It is possible to speed this process up with focused effort.    But very few people focus their time and energy only on learning English.  I prefer to be a realist and hit the goals that I set.

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KidsWow English Pro is designed to ramp elementary children up to the 300-600 word level easily during their Elementary school years.  Every child needs to listen, listen, listen to English material that is created to fall in the first 1000 word level. Parents and English teachers are also important in adding motivation and a reason to learn.  Children learn because they see adults or older kids doing what looks fun and interesting.  You can teach your child anything if you get excited about it.  If learning English is a task, or just another homework assignment, motivation and energy will be low.  Without motivation, language learning comes to a stand still.  

Motivation, the desire to learn and confidence are very valuable. No amount of money alone will buy these two gifts. But a mother or father willing to spend a little time watching and repeating the KidsWow DVDs with their kids can create motivation to learn that will reach the goal. I have seven children of my own. The oldest three have already scored in the top 3% of all students applying to colleges in the United States. The natural learning process will work.

Let’s set a realistic goal and reach it. Then go to the next goal.

Learn a little, Learn it well, Use it a lot.

*The first two KidsWow DVDs take us to a 200-300 word level with several sentences. Let’s hit this level first.

*Then let’s go on to the 600 word level and 30-35 sentence patterns. Which all together mix to create more than 7000 commonly used sentences.

The GOAL: Become fluent in what you learn. Confidence comes with fluency.

Fluency  is the ability to think in the language you are speaking.  Fluency can be checked very easily by the response time.  Look at a picture, and the sentence associated with that picture should come to mind instantly.  No translation or searching the memory should be necessary.  Fluency is generally effortless, though we still have to think!  The difference between fluency and a translation is the speaker is thinking in the language as they speak.  Response time is fast.  A translation is thinking in one language, translating it to another language, then saying the created translation.  The difference is easily detected both by the speaker and by the person listening.

Nucleation, or building a firm foundation, is the process of becoming fluent in a small amount of a new language and then building on that foundation.   This is the natural learning process that ALL children use to learn their first language.  Nucleation builds a home base.  These are the words and sentences that you know that you know.  You have confidence when using them.   You do not forget them, ever.  Once you have a nucleus of words you know, you build from there indefinitely the rest of your life.  However, many students in many English schools never create a nucleus of words and sentence patterns.  So, they continue to relearn the same material over and over without ever gaining confidence.

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