Graduation Date

5-2006

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department or Program

Education

Department or Program Chair

Madalienne Peters, Ed.D.

First Reader

Madalienne F. Peters, Ed.D.

Abstract

Students learning a second language commonly confront insurmountable obstacles in the language acquisition process, due to the ineffectiveness of traditional, grammar-first methods. This creates detrimental effects on the learner and his or her self-esteem. Existing literature contains information about problems created by traditional approaches, the effectiveness of a natural approach and key elements necessary to establish it. The purpose of this study is to examine the failings of traditional methods and to review some important natural ways that remedy these failings, yet have their own shortcomings. This study reports efforts to improve natural approaches through on-going research at La Catalina Natural Language School that elaborates on a Holistic Model, i.e., one that considers the individual as whole by productively integrating their mind, body, and emotions. The following are appended: (1) Glossary; (2) Pilot Course Registration Form; (3) Student Psychological Profile for Pilot Course; and (4) Pilot Program English Assessment.

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