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    Sam Hoffman
    By Sam Hoffman Comments (3)

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    Hi everybody! I'm really excited to be working with all of you this session. As a learner, I think of myself as a kinesthetic learner. I say this because I always find myself asking any kind of teacher I have to watch how I do something and then show me how to fix it as opposed to seeing (or hearing) it demonstrated, and then doing  it for myself.

    And as for a learning environment, my ideal is immersion. I have learned two foreign languages as an adult, and my progress was very fast and efficient being able to practice what I learned while I was learning it. I learned German while I was living in Poland, and my German teacher didn't speak any English. I had to really push myself learning my third language in my second. In that environment I because I couldn't keep falling back on my knowledge of my native language to translate. I got to the A1 level in that language really in a matter of days and I never lost it.

    I compare that with a semester of Latin I took in college. My professor in that class had a textbook and expected us to understand the workings of an inflected language without ever speaking it or even witness it being spoken. The course was worthless for me because I couldn't learn a language without speaking it or even hear it being spoken.

    To this day, I don't even understand how my Latin professor was even allowed to teach, but of course everybody has a different style of learning.

      • Gerald Ardito
        Gerald Ardito

        Sam,

        Thanks for sharing yourself in this post.

        I had an immersive language experience with Spanish, which has stuck with me since high school (which I attended sometime during the Civil War).

        I too studied Latin (for 7 years). Although I am sympathetic to the concerns you raised, apart from some long dead Romans and some clergy at the Vatican, Latin is not a spoken language. But I take your point.

        I thought this was interesting:

        As a learner, I think of myself as a kinesthetic learner. I say this because I always find myself asking any kind of teacher I have to watch how I do something and then show me how to fix it as opposed to seeing (or hearing) it demonstrated, and then doing  it for myself.

        It sounds as if you are also an experiential learner. Would you agree?

        • Sam Hoffman
          Sam Hoffman

          Sorry I couldn't figure out where to reply to your reply. I think I am an experiential learner. In fact, just yesterday when my coach was explaining to me all the things to do when I lead the lesson, I told him I can't remember all this, just watch and then after tell me what was bad and I'll fix it:

          • Gerald Ardito
            Gerald Ardito

            Sam,

            That is a really interesting anecdote. What is this person coaching you in?

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