Love and understanding, and meaning

„Language acquisition does not require extensive use of conscious grammatical rules, and does not require tedious drill.” – Stephen Krashen

Now that’s something I can work with. And it’s backed by science. What a change in perspective!

We must remember that most of us went through compulsory schooling, and thus have been strongly indoctrinated into accepting many unhealthy and highly inefficient practices when it comes to learning.

For second language acquisition we have been made believe that the study and memorisation of grammatical rules is an absolute must. Most text books indeed have more grammar rules, technical tables and word lists than conversations and prose. And that’s just one of the many things that always put me off in language learning classes.

The same, I guess, is true for movement learning. Studying anatomy is not an absolute requirement, neither are the numerous, standardised functional movement assessment tests and techniques.

We simply need comprehensible input. And an environment that supports our quest for learning. In other words: Love and understanding. Meaning and purpose (if those two are separate things).