Why using an ATM is different from learning a language

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Why using an ATM is different from learning a language

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Sometimes I am surprised that even with all the things we now know about how people really learn a foreign language, the old myths still persist. One myth that stubbornly refuses to go away is the “banking and ATM myth”. Believers of this myth think that when you learn new vocabulary or grammar, it is stored in your brain in the same way that you deposit money in a savings account. They further believe that once you have enough language in your “account”, in order to communicate, all you need to do is make a “withdraw”, in the same way that you would take out money using your cash card.

 

This idea is just as outdated as the “your brain is like a computer” neuromyth. Computers never forget information; your brain often does.

 

The best way to remember new vocabulary words or grammar when you are studying a foreign language is to start using them as soon as possible, instead of saving them for later. Even very young students are able to do this. First grade students at BIG BOW English Lab, soon after learning weather and food vocabulary, enjoy making books about going on a picnic and later presenting them to their classmates. They choose what they would like to take on the picnic and proudly share the books with their parents when they go home.

Students are all smiles as they choose what food and drink they want to take on their picnic.

Students are all smiles as they choose what food and drink they want to take on their picnic.

picnic book

What a healthy picnic!

 

LESLEY ITO

LESLEY ITO(レスリー いとう)

アメリカ、フロリダ州出身。両親の仕事の都合で生まれはイギリス。1992年、大学卒業後来日。日本での経験を活かしてアメリカで就職をするまでの1年の予定で帰国予定だったのが、結婚を機に日本で永住を決断。以後、英語指導法に関する研究や発表を重ね、その功績が認められイギリスの大手出版会社から世界の著名指導者のひとりとしてケンブリッジに招待を受ける。
著者として指導書や英語多読用リーダーなど数多くの英語教育関連書籍を執筆し、ドバイでは2015年に多読用リーダーで国際文学最優秀賞を受賞。
現在では、大学での講義やCLILレッスンの講演活動を日本全国で行っている。

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