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ERIC Number: ED501257
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 36
Abstractor: Author
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From the Outside In: The Secret to Automatic Language Growth
Brown, J. Marvin
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This paper tells the story of Dr. J. Marvin Brown's life as a linguist and physicist in his quest to develop the means for adult, second language fluency. This is a combination of his auto-biography, which provides the context, and the lessons he learned in his 50 years as linguist, and language teacher. Brown's experiences indicate that adults can and do learn language with similar efficiency as children, as well as the seemingly non-intuitive idea that language itself should not even be taught, if one is to achieve maximum fluency. The paper covers ideas on what is language in our brain, assessment methodology, why "reality" is often backwards from our perceptions of it, as well as why adult style learning can actually harm or interfere with the ability of a person to really make breakthroughs in their field, (or acquire a new language). This book also tells the story of the Thai Studies Program at the AUA Language Center in Bangkok Thailand, as well as the beginning of the ALG, the methodology developed by Dr. Brown.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Thailand (Bangkok)