Holistic Language Acquisition

Holistic Language Acquisition is an approach that involves multiple types of thought processes to learn new words and ideas. When we learn a language, we can use different aspects of our memory: auditory, visual, conceptual, associative and kinetic. We then need to integrate this new knowledge so that it would become part of our active vocabulary and could be recalled quickly and effortlessly.

The use of art and cultural references enhances our ability to learn a language, because it inspires and motivates us. Holistic Language acquisition provides incentives to learn a language because it reduces the routine, boring drills, which are frequently present in traditional teaching methods and increases inspiring, positive experiences.
Our writer’s group demonstrates how Holistic Language Acquisition approach can be applied to three very different cases:

Erika Nielsen writes for young children who are learning new words and ideas in their native language.

Annemarie Waugh is writing for English-speaking adults who are becoming acquainted with British English and are learning new words and phrases in the process.

Li Hong Snyder is writing for non-native speakers of Mandarin, who are taking a great cultural and linguistic leap, but visual art, songs and cultural interpretation help guide them through this novel experience.