I’m determined to improve how we learn foreign languages worldwide.
The whole idea came to me while I was studying in Japan, as a combination of being frustrated with my research and watching too many TED talks. I realized that languages was something that I knew how to learn (I learned English, French and Japanese to fluency), and that language classes all over the world were doing a really bad job of teaching it, so I thought that a better way of learning languages was something that I could contribute to the world.
My experience learning English taught me that your level of proficiency at a particular language can be improved quite a bit by just doing things in the language. My experience learning Japanese taught me that it can be done right from the start, without any formal instruction at all.
Because of that, I started researching alternative approaches that matched my experience. For a few months I read many blogs and research papers (I still do) and eventually I found a method that really matched my idea of how we learn languages.
I’m talking about the ALG method that’s used at the AUA Thai school of Bangkok. When I learned about it, I read the book From the outside in by the creator of the method, J. Marvin Brown. That book hit me hard. It matched so well my experience when learning languages that it convinced me to research the method in depth.
I then lived in Bangkok for more than a year and attended the AUA Thai school for 1000 hours of class time during 1 year. I achieved my goal of testing how the method would work on me and on other people. I also drew my own conclusions about how the method can be improved and how it can be adapted to other contexts outside of the classroom.
I’m now teaching Spanish through videos. I draw inspiration from ALG and Stephen Krashen’s Comprehensible Input theory and apply it to online video so that people all over the world can benefit from it. While I was spending some time back in Barcelona I spent a year and a half working part time and spending the rest of the day making videos. I’m now working full time on the videos and trying to grow the project.
I publish my videos on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/DreamingSpanish