Special information for university and college language instructors
As the developer of the Feedback Training Method I need your help.
This entirely new method for spoken language instruction is extremely popular with students because they are learning spoken English so much more quickly than they have ever learned it before. But that does not mean that the method is complete. Far from it. The method actually needs much more work before it is fully developed.
The world’s truly great ideas and technologies have never been perfected by a single individual. Typically, there is an innovator who initially introduces the idea. Yet before that idea becomes truly successful, many others need to make significant contributions and changes. Just as this has been true in the development of flight, powered ships, electronics, and photography (to name just a few), so it has been true in every area of education.
I believe that the emphasis the Feedback Training Method places on training the tongue’s nerve receptors simultaneously with memory is totally new and different from all other language learning methods. (See Chapter 1 Teaching Your Tongue to Speak English in the downloadable book Speak English.) It certainly is not a part of ESL methodology. It was not a part of the Direct Method, and it was not a part of the Audio-Lingual Method.
Yet the originator of the Feedback Training Method is not the one to perfect it. You who are instructors of spoken language are the ones to do so. This method needs evaluation, criticism, and correction by many others who are in the field of language instruction. It also needs that evaluation from a large number of language specialists who do not speak English as their first language.
The Feedback Training Method’s greatest weakness is that it has not been statistically compared with other methods. It also needs to be applied on a larger scale than it can be as a single course on this website, even though hundreds of thousands of students are using the course and over one million CDs containing the Spoken English Learned Quickly lessons are being downloaded each year.
Finally, I am not interested in promoting my name as the developer of this method. I want the method itself to succeed after others have assisted in improving it. My greatest desire is that, by using this method, students studying spoken languages will become fluent speakers of their target language in considerably less time than it now requires. To that end, it serves my purpose best if others who evaluate and develop this method receive full credit for their work.