Natural Aural Approach: Guide

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General Language Acquisition

Almost all children learn their first language smoothly and painlessly in the home situation rather than in the contrived learning environment of the school or clinic.  There is much research and literature that reports the process and makes clear the diversity of homes and yet their effectiveness in ensuring that children develop the skills they need to communicate and learn.  Researchers and authors such as David Crystal , Toni Cross and Gordon Wells are a good starting point for those wanting to explore more.  

The British Council has outlined typical language development and typical development for a child learning language a second language.