Students become fluent by understanding what they hear and see, NOT by memorizing vocabulary words or studying complex grammar.
STUDENTS & INPUTS
The 5 Pillars of Comprehensive Input
Students acquire language best in a low stress, positive community.
Acquisition happens when you understand what you hear and read.
Students learn best when they focus on meaning (understanding the communication) rather than form (grammar and spelling).
The order of language acquisition is constant for every individual.
Grammar is only useful for editing speech and written language under specific circumstances for specific learners.
The R.I.C.H Input
Our goal is for students to communicate spontaneously and freely about topics they have not rehearsed.
We move at the speed of your child.
We talk about what your child is interested in.
We stop to make sure your child understands every single word we use.
We build our curriculum around the Sweet Sixteen, the most versatile and useful verbs in any language.
WHY VIRTUAL REALITY?
Virtual Reality makes understanding a language easier because students create personal, concrete, and memorable experiences that they can see, touch, and feel.
The Perfect Match
Virtual reality multiplies the power of Comprehensible Input.
The essential principle of Comprehensible Input is that learners only learn language when they understand what is being communicated to them in that language.
Everything parents do to teach their children language (tell stories, speak slowly, use facial expressions, point, touch, move, etc.) helps connect the sounds of a language to their real world meaning.
Creating language is about making concrete connections with words and sounds. VR is the best tool for doing that because the possibilities for concrete experiences to which students can attach language are infinite.