What is the Neurolinguistic Approach?

The Neurolinguistic Approach (NLA) to learning language builds networks in the brain that allow learners to develop their language skills naturally. Five principles support the NLA and the approach requires a lot of oral work. Learners are provided with models of sentences (at the beginning, fairly simple sentences) that they need, so that they may communicate in the language in authentic, real, situations (adapted from Netten and Germain, 2012).

Implications of the 5 Principles
The five principles of the NLA have implications for teaching. Learners must do most of the talking (work) in order for their brains to develop the patterns. Quiet listening is not enough.
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