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    Language Integration

    "We can only speak a language well when we hear it well, in other words when we can analyse the sounds and recognise the rhythm of the linguistic melody". Alfred A. Tomatis

    In each part of the world and in every country, there is a different type of hearing. The Germans do not hear in the same way as the French who, in turn, do not hear in the same way as the Italians. The impedance in the air is the primary reason. The characteristics of the environment have shaped the different languages over hundreds of years, giving to each its specific features which the ear has to get used to.

    To speak a language we therefore have to adapt our listening to the acoustic frequencies of that language, which is not always immediately possible. It is advisable to give the ear a specific training.

    1. "The voice only contains what the ear hears" which means: we speak a language badly because we do not hear it properly.

    2. "If the ear is given the chance to hear properly, the voice instantly and unconsciously improves": We hear a language better, therefore we speak it better.

    3. "It is possible to transform the voice by using a system of auditive stimulation for a given time" by listening to a language with the Electronic Listening Device we can manage to "integrate" this language definitively.

    The Human Ear

    The human ear can theoretically capture a large range of frequencies

    (16-1600 Hz) and discern an infinite amount of rhythms. However, as years go by, our ear generally settles into a habit and remains efficient above all in those frequencies and rhythms where we use our mother tongue. It is difficult to break out of this habit. The French mainly use the frequencies from 1000 to 2000 Hz, while the English use frequencies which range from 2000 to 12000 Hz. It is no surprise that the French have so much difficulty in learning English and the English learning French.

    Each language therefore has a preferential use for certain ranges of sound frequencies, called basic frequency bands, as it demonstrated by the table below:

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    The Electronic Listening Device

    Thanks to the Listening Therapy, the ear will be forced to hear what it does not hear naturally. This can only be achieved by using a special system which makes use of the latest technology. These exercises are done with electronic switch-overs and by using a set of filters and amplifiers, which respond to the demands of the working of the human ear.

    The Electronic Listening Device enables the student to transform the way he ordinarily hears so that he hears the language he wants to learn in the way a native of that country would.

    Training Process:

    A listening test is undertaken to evaluate the capacities of the student to perceive sounds and demonstrates the aptitudes of the student for learning the language chosen.

    A programme with the Electronic Listening Device is carried out in various stages:

    * Sessions to make the ear sensitive to the foreign language by using the filtered sounds of the foreign language. A real acoustic immersion which opens the ear to the foreign language.

    * Active sessions using words and texts to be repeated or readings of the language to be integrated. These exercises enable to ear to be trained to control accent, music of the language, rhythm and intonations.

    For whom?

    At what age should be learning of a foreign language begin? This is a topical subject among teachers and educators who generally want nursery school children to be exposed to foreign languages. This is the ideal age to "open the ear": the small child has an ear which is capable of integrating all the sound worlds, both of his mother tongue and that of a foreign language.

    * Adolescents

    "A student who has difficulty in learning a foreign language is in the same position as a child who is not able to write, read and speak in his mother tongue. He is "dyslexic" - in other words he has difficulty listening.

    Thanks to the Electronic Listening Device, we can help adolescents open their ear to the sounds of the chosen language to be integrated. In the same way the behaviour of the adolescent will also change.

    With the extraordinary developments in communication, the growth of international exchanges we should do the utmost to give our children the opportunity to be able to communicate in several languages.

    *Adults

    Whether people come for professional or personal reasons, we need to take several precautions in order to make sure adults adopt an open minded approach to these new audio-vocal techniques.

    Two ideas need stressing: "firstly, the mother language is a barrier which it is necessary to get past, secondly, that one listens before speaking and only after does one study language structure.

    Learning to speak a language means adopting a particular mental psychology, and adopting a specific thought process and adjusting the body in such a way that is adopts the posture of the language spoken. Having a gift for languages is in reality a gift for listening.

     

     

     

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