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Sunday, July 31, 2016

EwR Speaking - The Role of Intuition Used by Second Language Learners


Second language learners should not neglect using "intuition" whenever they are speaking in English.  Grammar rules give you a set of conditions and general knowledge about how the language works, but is not the solution to all problems when speaking a language. Furthermore, an awareness of both correct pronunciation and practice understanding relaxed pronunciation are also needed in order to dominate English language speaking and listening skills.  And, of course, vocabulary building is essential for all of the learning skills, including reading and writing as well.  However, if you really want to learn how to control your usage of English while communicating with others, it is necessary to understand how "intuition" plays a very important role in this overall process.

Therefore, we are going to go over the following three topics for the purpose of discovering the importance for second language learners of English to learn how to use "intuition" during the four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) in order to carry out fluent and coherent communication.

Firstly, we are going to look at the meaning of "intuition", and describe the important aspects of it as related to second language learning.  Second of all, we are going to explore why intuition should be used by second language learners of English, and discover if there is evidence that supports this presumption.  Thirdly, we will examine how intuition can be developed and effectively used for second language communication.

On the subject of the first topic above, when you have the feeling of knowing something without using reasoning or proof, then you are using "intuition".  As related to second language learning, it's not a mystical sense, rather it is instinct based on past experiences using the English language and recollection of what you have heard and read from native language sources.

The important aspects of "intuition" as related to second language learning include the following.  Language is full of daily living experiences that are constantly changing, and intuition is a means to combat and deal with them.  A second language learner generally knows more about a language than they claim based on their intuitive instincts, but many times they don't give credit to this intuition.  Traditional grammar instruction combined with popular colloquial language usage build a library of reasoning in a second language learner's mind, but do not include intuition.  The different aspects of intuition need to be cultivated by a second language user of English in order to learn how to develop their intuitive input.

With regard to the second aforementioned topic, "intuition" should be used by second language learners of English because it can help to adjust broken communication used during normal active speech.  Intuition helps to relax a speaker in order to avoid using artificial pauses, fillers words like "uh", and confusing and erroneous conversational beginnings and connections.  The second language speaker builds more self-confidence using intuition and hesitates less to interrupt, and possibly even destroy, the flow of a conversation.

Evidence that supports this presumption can be found in the testimonials of some very famous people.  Albert Einstein said, "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.  We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift."  

All of the following successful and well-known people have reinforced the fact that their success is partly due to their usage of "intuition"; namely, Bill Gates, Ingrid Bergman, Pablo Picasso, and Carl Jung, to name a few.

Most high-level second language users of English would agree that a large part of their success with the different language skill areas stems from having trusted their own instinct when listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

As to the third topic mentioned above, a second language learner can develop and use "intuition" by diligently practicing the following steps.  Learn to quiet your thoughts and not dwell on your perceptions.  Use less head-talk and open your mind to listening better not only to others, but also to yourself.  Be an observer with your eyes and ears.  Sylvia Clare makes the following observation,Intuition is the highest form of intelligence, transcending all individual abilities and skills.

We use "intuition" in order to interpret the world around us. When you begin to trust your instincts, then the world begins to make more sense to you.  This is when your intuition is actively working.  It takes you less time to interpret oral and written communication if you connect them with your intuitive thoughts.  In order to develop the usage of intuition in your communication, you have to make yourself aware of using it.  For example, if you want to contemplate and carefully listen to the words of your favorite song, you are not going to play it while the television is turned on in the background.  Make yourself aware of your surroundings.  Pay attention and listen.  Quiet your thoughts.  Trust your instinct.  Personal awareness will help you activate the use of intuition, and eventually your insights will become an important vehicle that you can use for your oral and written communication skills in English.  The sooner you learn how to develop intuition, the earlier you will become more successful with your second language communication.

Now let's recapitulate the importance of second language learners using "intuition" during English language communication.  You can give power to both your second language learning and your language usage if you employ "intuition" in all four language skill areas.  Compare the difference of a language learning experience between that of a native child learner and that of a second language adult learner.  Small children use intuition in order to experiment and find meaning in what happens in the world around them.  They also use their instincts when learning their own native language.  They actively listen in order to interpret what is being said.

On the other hand, adult learners are more limited with their second language experience because they have already formulated opinions, experienced many years of emotions, and have adopted fears.  All of these factors hinder their language learning experience.  A child's naiveness helps them use "intuition" naturally, but adults have to learn how to develop second language instincts since they are no longer naive about the world around them.

"Intuition" is not just for children.  It's also for adults, but it has to be developed and practiced for second language usage.  Instinct is not innate in an adult learner's second language experience like it is in a child learner's native language experience.  The role of intuition is an important one for second language learners.  "Intuition" gives power and meaning to the second language learning experience.  Learning a second language is not just about using classical textbook knowledge and memorizing language rules and procedures.  Language learning also needs to actively include "intuition".

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