It’s funny that I just learned what Comprehensible Input was. Even though it’s a new concept to me, it’s the way I’ve been teaching for the last five years and the most obvious practical and efficient way I know to learn ANYTHING. Not just language!
Basically, Comprehensible Input means that you learn best through focusing on things you like. So if you’re learning to read, you read stories that interest you. If you’re learning to cook, you cook foods you enjoy. And if you’re learning a language, you speak, read, and write about things you actually care about!
We learn faster that way. Doesn’t that make complete sense? I have no clue why schools haven’t caught on yet. Interest based learning feels like the best way to learn not only because it’s been proven efficient, but because it’s FUN!
I teach through this method by directing conversation in Spanish or SPANGLISH. We talk about things my clients actually like. Currently i’m working with a client who is preparing for a restaurant internship in Spain. Next week we will be cooking something together in my kitchen speaking only Spanish to get her ready for her adventure! Another client is into tech, we talk about computers and his next outreach in Mexico of building a computer lab.
These kinds of lessons get you involved and pull you along so that you want to continue forward instead of feeling like you’re dragging through grammar all day and learning words for things you’ll never actually use! Geeze! Come learn Spanish with me. Through conversation and interest we will grow together! ¡VAMOS!
Image: Valparaiso, Chile
Brittany is a bilingual Spanish teacher who has lived in Spain and Argentina. Through this blog, she hopes to relate her travels, insights, and Spanish speaking journey!