A given English statement is now
understood of its sense, grammatical structure, etc. The most important thing
to do next is to talk English by immediate use of an English statement, which
we have just now learned. It is because our final purpose of learning English
is to use English for some work. Therefore the practice of using English is
very important. Then what is the most effective practice ? It is to use English
upon learning it. But it must be done without using any new words, which will
give learners confusion. The practical use of English is better covered with
the talk of English than with the writing of it. Thus if we think about the
best way of teaching English, it is to realize that we are facing a question of
how to speak English by immediate use of a given English, which we have just
now learned, without addition of any new words.
If we have to speak English by use of an English statement, which
we have just now learned, without any new words, all we can do is to make a
change in the position of each word and/or each phrase in the given English
statement, make questions and answers, and do conversation with the questions
and answers between a teacher, who is a questioner, and each learner.
Questions are of two
types, one of which has question words and the other is the one without
question words. If question words are not used, what we can do with a given
English statement is to make only a pair of a question and answer by exchange
in position between subject and verb "be" or "have", or by
addition of the word "do" or auxiliary to subject. We have no desire
for making only one pair of a question and answer. For effective English
practice we have a desire for making as many questions and answers as possible.
But if we use question words we will be able to make many
questions and answers out of a given English statement and then the amount of
our practice will be accordingly increased. Thus the most effective practice of
talking English is to make questions and answers from a given English statement
by use of question words and do conversation with all these questions and
answers. The use of question words does not form any substantial addition of
new words to a given English statement because question words are few and quite
In order to make questions out of a given English statement we
must make a decision of which part of a given English statement has to be made
into a question. For this purpose a given English statement will have to be
analyzed into each part, which will be changed into each group of a question
and answer or questions and answers. But there is no rule of how to analyze a
given English statement into each part. Therefore an English teacher must be
well experienced in making this sort of analysis of an English statement. If an
English teacher is not used to making this analysis, he will give learners only
Learners read statements, questions and answers together several
times by looking at them on the first paper by following the way a teacher
After that, in turn
the teacher puts each question to each learner every time he says each statement
to each learner and lets him give each answer. Learners look at the second
paper which give statements but not the questions and answers. The teacher puts
questions by looking at the second paper. When a learner is going to give
answers he has to do it by looking only at the statements. So the learner gets
serious but interested because of being able to give answers theoretically and
experimentally from the statements. This learner's psychological process keeps
a learner's interest fresh and gets it increased gradually. This process is the
only answer to a learner who has been at a loss what to do between a
conventionally fixed conversation, where a learner tends to get bored, and a
conventional free conversation, where a learner often finds it uneasy to be
less guided in a new language.
The most exciting situation, however, comes
out when the conversation using the questions and answers is done between a
teacher and a learner without looking at any other paper than List of Learners'
Seat Numbers which gives only few words at the head of each statement and is
detailed below under title "List of Learners' Seat Numbers". Then the
conversation is almost like the one which is seen when people talk with each
other in English. This will certainly put a learner in as much near a position
as that where he is talking English almost by himself.
Basic Englishは最も推薦されます。何故ならBasic Englishは世界的に有名な言語哲学者によって開発されたからです。
の基本的概念は、言語とは何かということに付いて、これらの学者達が研究した結果、誕生したものです。これらの哲学者達は、言葉とは私達の心、或いは、判断、或いは意識であると言っています。何故言葉は互いにつながれ得るのでしょうか？何故なら言葉には見たり振れたりすることは出来ないが私達をコントロ－ルしていいる意味があるからです。そのために私達は物事の意味を常に求めています。Basic English の単語は簡単ですがより多くの意味があります。そのために他の言葉を自分自身につなげることができます。これらのつなぎが人々が英語を話すのを可能にしているわけです。
The selection of a text book also has much to do with whether
learners' interest is kept. An interesting short story in each lesson is
advisable. It is also important to give learners words to learn as an
international second language, for example, such as BASIC English. BASIC
English is the most recommended because BASIC English was developed by
world-widely famous language philosophers.The fundamental ideas of Basic
English were given birth through these philosophers' research and study about
what a language is. These philosophers say that a language is our mind or our
judgment or our sense. Why is it possible that words are connected with each
other ? It is because words have senses which cannot be seen and touched but are controlling us.
That is why we are always looking for senses of things. The words in Basic English
are simple but have so more number of senses that they are able to get other
words connected to themselves. These connections make it possible for people to
If statements, questions and answers in this teaching method are
put into voice program, such as "ReadPlease", a learner is able to
learn the conversation in American voice though the situation is different from
that in which he is facing a teacher.
This teaching method is applicable also when English speaking persons want to learn Japanese.
This method is proper for a learner coming to a stage where he understands a given
English statement in sense, grammar, etc. But even to beginners this method is still
quite effective if a text is selected according to the level of learners.
Though there is an above mention of no rule of making questions
and answers out of a given statement, there is a rule if the rule is based on
experiences of long years of practical English use and teaching of it at the front.
In a conventional method, English reading, grammar, and making sentences are separated
when they are taught. Terada method gets these three different teachings simultaneously
done to save the time of teaching. In fact, why do Japanese people not
generally speak even a bit of English though after their total 9 years' of English learning
at middle school, high school, and university ? This is one of the most
innocent questions to which most English teachers in Japan seem to keep quiet
for an answer.
Thursday, December 04, 2003
Rev. Nov 22, 2004