Why language learning (& teaching) is just like Lego!

I put a quick version of this on Instagram the other day, Β and here is the more in-depth 3 minute version πŸ™‚

Language learning (or teaching) is just like Lego.

At first you start with a blank piece of paper. (Although a skilled teacher will be able to show you that you already know many β€œsecret” words πŸ™‚ )

Then you add some blocks.

And you play.

And make new structures and new toys.

And often you’ll learn blocks in prebuilt chunks, like an aeroplane or full sentence. And you can break it apart and swap bits from other sets.

The teacher will give you feedback and ask you what you think.

And of course the key is play.

If all you do everyday is study the textbook without any play you won’t get far at all.

So grab yourself some new bricks and play away as much as you can!

Be Genki



Richard Graham

Hello, I'm Richard Graham. When I was a kid I found school to be sooooo boring... So I transformed my way of teaching. I listened to what the kids were really wanting to say and taught it in ways they really wanted to learn. The results were magical. Now I help teachers just like you teach amazing lessons and double your incomes!

One Response to “Why language learning (& teaching) is just like Lego!”

  1. Zuzana Koike

    Totally agree with you! This is exactly what I was thinking! That’s how I experienced my English as a Second Language learning in Austria. I always marvelled at how much more I could say. After 2 years of really good basic grounding, which involved lots of grammar focused speaking, I started reading original English literature. Not the graded readers. And learned all the higher level grammar through books, ahead of the curriculum.
    So, I was longing to give these building blocks to the kids over here, in Japan, where I am now. And I sensed that with Genki English I was going to give them just that. It’s a cool toy!

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