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TAII — A New Approach to Second Language Learning v.1

The history of second language learning pedagogy is a long and diverse one, offering many approaches and strategies to enable and optimize Second Language Acquisition.

With the arrival of the digital age, multimedia and internet technologies have brought new possibilities to the field, the current approaches, however, are for the most part enhanced continuations of past paradigms.

Rather than modelling these established strategies, it is hereby suggested to make a leap in language learning didactics, by taking full advantage of existing and future technologies to create personalized, immersive, challenging, effective and efficient learning environments.

The proposed name for the paradigm is Technology-Assisted Incremental Immersion (TAII).

To enable TAII, 4 elements are needed:

1) General and specialized Language Corpora (text, speech) derived from suitable sources

2) Structured Vocabulary Databases with semantic, grammatical, syntactic and phraseological annotations

3) Computational Linguistics for the analysis and provision of formally correct and semantically appropriate learning materials

4) Adapted Language Learning Didactics for the utilization of the generated capacities

The interaction of the above elements can provide a learning environment that is personalized, immersive, challenging (“i+1”, see Krashen´s Input Hypothesis), efficient, effective, but most of all, fun.

The hereby introduced paradigm will hopefully serve as an initial framework for future deliberations on the optimization of language learning.

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