NALA or Natural Language Acquisition; is a language learning program for young children and their parents. Unlike other language programs, NALA teaches both the child and the parent at the same time. Both parent and child attend classes together and learn together. As the child progresses and acquires language skills, so does the parent.
Natural Language Acquisition is based on exposing the child to a language naturally, in the same way that he would learn his native tongue. This innovative teaching style allows for students of varied language skills to attend the same program at one time. The teacher modifies the activities to reflect the student’s abilities in order to build on their existing skills and acquire new communication aptitudes. The NALA program becomes a tailored, individualized program allowing both parents and child to learn in tandem.
Non-Native Speaker as a Teacher: It is possible for a non-native French speaker to teach this program. It is recommended that the teacher can read and understand the basic French in the case where this program is taught to a group. If pronunciation is difficult, there are many programs on the internet that offer assistance where you can hear the word said properly by a native French speaker.
The Parent-Teacher: So you’re a parent and you want to adventure yourself in the world of learning/teaching French along with your child? Or maybe your homeschool your child/ren? This program allows you to start with the basic elements, along with your child and scaffold your learning/teaching simultaneously. Most of the teacher instructions are given in English and the French ones are simple and easily understood. To assist you with the proper pronunciation of the words, refer yourself to one of many French pronunciation assistant online. Simply type in the word and listen to a native speaker say the word with the correct intonation and accent. This one works well: http://www2.research.att.com/~ttsweb/tts/demo.php . Mistakes are part of the game! It is ok for your child to see and hear you make mistakes! It shows them that adults are humans too and it’s never too late to learn something new! Make it fun and keep it light; success will come quicker for both you and your child.