Uma coisa de cada vez!
Entendendo a ordem natural das coisas no aprendizado da lingua Inglesa.
Semana passada eu falei da Importância da língua inglesa para o profissional de TI o artigo mostrou que a maioria de nossa habilidade em falar inglês vem da maneira como nós o adquirimos subconscientemente. Agora, neste artigo é mostrado que quando adquirimos uma nova língua alguns aspectos são adquiridos mais facilmente que outros, seguindo uma ordem natural. Também é falado como funciona uma dieta de Inglês.
Espere ai!! Por que este texto esta em Inglês? Você deve estar se perguntando.
Para saber a resposta leia o artigo anterior. Clique aqui.
Mas antes que você desista em ler esse artigo, eu os encorajo a tentar. Se você não esta muito familiarizado com o Inglês, não se preocupe, o vocabulario esta fácil. Leia com atenção e calma, leia várias vezes se necessário, procure o significado de algumas palavras (de preferência use um dicionário ingles->ingles). Evite ficar traduzindo tudo, apenas tente entender o significado das coisas seguindo um contexto.
Tenho certeza que ira aprender muito se esforçando. Let´s go…
First things first!
The second thing that an informed English student should know is that some parts of a language are acquired before other parts. There is a natural order, with some parts acquired early and other parts late.
For example, the progressive – he is reading – is acquired early while the third-person singular – he eats – is acquired very late. And we cannot change this natural order by studying.
Why is it helpful to know this?
It’s helpful, first, because it might help students understand why they get frustrated when they keeping having trouble with the same part of the English language, like the third-person singular. Maybe it is just too early to acquire that part.
So what should English students do ?
I think they should use the sameapproach (method of doing something) they do when they eat!
We all know that our bodies need certain vitamins and other nutrients (specific foods needed to live and grow). But we don’t eat only Vitamin A for one week, then Vitamin B the next week, do we?
No, we feed our bodies a healthy diet that contains all the nutrients, and trust it to use the nutrients it needs. We should treat ourselves to a good, balanced diet of English and trust our minds to acquire the parts of the English language that it needs when it is ready for them.
There is a second reason why this information is helpful.
Many English students worry too much about their mistakes.
For example, I recently received an e-mail from a student who apologized (said he was sorry) for his English. He wrote, “…from this e-mail you may know that I use ‘broken’ English.” What he meant is that he thought there a lot of mistakes in his e-mail. I hadn’t noticed!
While we are acquiring a new language, we develop an “in-between” language. Language teachers call this inter-language.
(1) the new language we have already acquired,
(2) guesses about the new language, and
(3) influences from our first language.
Some of my Spanish-speaking students even have a name for their inter-language. They call it Spanglish! (Como o nosso famoso Portunhol!)
Inter-language, our in-between language, constantly changes while we are acquiring the new language. If English students continue to read and listen to easy-to-understand English, their inter-language will continue to become more and more like the English they want to speak and write.
Do you know what was important about that e-mail I received? It was easy to understand. It was effective communication, even if it wasn’t perfect English.
Inter-language. It isn’t broken! It’s just different. It shows that you are somewhere in between where you started and where you are going. And it will keep changing as you move closer and closer to your destination (the place you are going): fluent English.
Let me show you a nice and enjoyable place for you acquire English, we called it ESL Podcast Google Group. You are invited to join us and enjoy making nice friends, discussion and the most important: to improve your English in order to acquire it.
Just access: http://groups.google.com/group/eslpodcast
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