Muscle Memory

What Jane so rightly describes here is, apart from common sense, an approach favoured by a number of other language teaching and learning specialists. I’m reblogging this useful article as it might save a few repeated explanations. It had been on my list of things to do for a long time – here, you can benefit from another language tutor’s input.

If you are a language student and would like to make progress as rapidly as possible, try to remember NOT to respond “OK”/”Oh, OK”/”Ahh, right…” (etc.) after feedback or a correction. Repeat the new language and practice making the connection from thoughts to words!

I hope this helps.

Happy learning!


There is a language teaching method called “Total Physical Response” which requires students to respond physically to instructions.  I’ve never quite seen how this can go very far beyond “stand up” “sit down” and “open your book” in adult classes, although it is basic to teaching small children who are happy to run, jump, skip, colour, pick up and touch whatever you tell them to at the drop of a hat.    However, there is more to this physical response business than meets the eye.  In my classes I always make sure that students repeat sounds out loud and become aware of how their mouths are shaped, where their tongue and lips go and whereabouts in a word they should be putting the emphasis.  This is in fact another form of “physical response” albeit not “total”.

The problem is that as adults we spend so much time internalising our thoughts, emotions…

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