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So you’re an Adult – But can you DO what the child Does?

We know that adults are different in many ways from young children.  But in what ways are they deficient?  Is it true that children are better at language learning because they have some ability that we lose as adults?  At ALG World we believe, and have been demonstrating since...

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Level B 1-2 Guidelines

If you’re in Beginner Level, this page is for you. This is the most basic entry point. It is designed for those with little or no understanding in Thai. It is not for those who have studied previously or have practiced Thai. Each class has two teachers, and they interact...

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Introduction

Sometimes, when I tell adults that they have the ability to acquire a language in very much the same way as young children, I get these looks like I’d just fallen off some distant star.  I wonder, what it is about this (to me reasonable) claim that is so...

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Play

I believe that the single most under-realized , under-used, and potentially most beneficial technique in language learning is play.  It seems so obvious that it would be easy to not even mention it – but one huge difference between children and adults, is that children play – adults work. ...

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Level I 1-4 Guidelines

(description) The Intermediate Level is now getting into more abstract and advanced Thai. The classes are generally held within a particular subject for about 6 weeks. Students will feel a jump from Basic to Intermediate just as was felt from B 1-2 to B 3-4. (feelings) Longer plateaus and...

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My Blogs About Speaking

I’d like to use this page as a sort of index on the topic of Speaking.  Probably over 1/2 of all comments, discussions, and criticisms of the Automatic Language Growth Approach have to do with the subject of Speaking.  We maintain that speaking early (i.e. before a person is...

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Recommendations for all AUA Thai students

ORIENTATION Take some time to understand what we’re doing, and to get the most benefit from our program, every student should view the “David Long on the ALG Method” videos. For students who began in level 1 and are now in level 3, I’d encourage you to go visit a...

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Learn to Speak in only 30 hours!

I can’t begin to count the number of times I’ve read ads for books, tapes or language programs that made claims like “Learn to Speak in ONLY 30 hours!” There are two things that interest me about this. Have you ever met anyone who had learned to speak a...

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Think Thai, Feel Thai, Speak Thai

Many things set the Thai Program at AUA apart from other language study programs. When I was a student here, I enjoyed the fact that there were no tests – but I wasn’t sure how students were assessed! Several years later, many students are still unware of how we assess...

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