WHAT IS IAT?
IAT, or imitation action training, is a language acquisition training method developed by Seepeaking Language Labs used to help learners who wish to learn another language. Unlike traditional teaching methods, the learner does not proceed with letters, textbooks, grammar, reading, or writing. Instead, the learner acquires the target language unconsciously, like the way a person learns their mother language, and trains in the process of making guesses by looking at the behaviors and words of native speakers. IAT is a language acquisition training program that focuses on sound and imitates the actions and sounds of the speaker in varying situations to infer and understand the meaning of the language.
WHY DO I NEED IAT?
The Natural Approach to Learning a Language
Learning a language should be a natural process and should be learned as if you were learning your native language- not a discipline! Before you learn a language, listening and speaking skills like your native language are essential. Reading, grammar, and writing through the use of textbooks are conducted in most language teaching fields right away without language acquisition. These traditional language teaching methods often make it difficult to master the language, even if they take a lot of time, money, and effort.
IAT is a function of communication between people to people, which is a pre-stage of accessing the language and to naturally learn a language as though it were your native language. IAT is a mandatory language acquisition training course for learners who want to learn a second language with a language acquisition training program.
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With IAT training, the learner understands enough of the actual conversation of native speakers and goes through the training process as much as possible. The learner learns the target language, memorizes words, and learns the natural grammar structure without having to learn grammar professionally. All young children who acquire their mother tongue already have the basic understanding of their native language without the need to learn perfect grammar. This phenomenon is a natural phenomenon common to all children.
HOW DOES IAT WORK?
The IAT Language Acquisition Process
The Process of Understanding and Guessing
The learner judges the situation through the video shown. If the learner does not understand the language, the learner will try to understand and guess the language through the actions in the videos. Through these efforts, the language is the first step in the process of stimulating the brain and accepting the language as their mother tongue.
Unlike traditional education where new words or new sentences are studied every day, IAT is a simple and easy method that uses simple phrases and sentences that can be applied to daily life. These simple phrases and sentences are then repated in varying situations, so as to truly absorb the language and the meanings. Once these repeated patterns are mastered, the learner is more confident in the language and can begin to express their own opinions.
Development of Various Sentences in Simple Sentences
At this stage, simple sentence structures begin to get framed like the learner’s mother tongue through the use of IAT. At this point, most of the learners can understand what native speakers of the target language are saying. It is a process in which a second language is conceived in the brain as the mother tongue through the process of developing from the structure of a short sentence to the more complicated structure.
Completion Stage of Language Acquisition
At this stage, the learner can understand most of the conversations in the life of a native speaker of the target language, even though there is a lack of pronunciation and grammar. IAT supports language acquisition up to the completion stage and helps you decide your own interests and study direction.
The Process of Following the Language
Through either watching the short videos or following the instructor who is mimicking the same actions and sounds in the videos, we recognize language as a tool to use in life rather than just for learning. It also improves the ability to learn how the sounds of the language actually apply.
IAT VS. TRADITIONAL LANGUAGE LEARNING METHODS
The process of learning a foreign language as a native language is naturally learned by watching the actions and words of native speakers tens of thousands of times. However, it must be experienced at a visual and realistic level. The association of an action with a word not only helps to remember the meaning of the word, but also allows the learner to experience the word and situations at a realistic level.
General media outlets (news, dramas, movies, discussions, interviews, etc.) are videos that do not make sense at the beginner level. For this reason, even if you watch a lot of foreign films, you will not learn the language.
Existing children's educational resources (textbooks, software, reading, writing, grammar, memorizing) are an obstacle to language acquisition.
First-person videos produced by Seepeaking Language Lab are short videos about one minute in length and contain life-style videos that clearly show behaviors and patterns of native speakers which are easy to understand, guess, and learn. In this way, IAT is optimized for training to acquire basic language structure. The first step is to acquire sufficient listening and basic speaking skills like your native language.
PARENTAL EDUCATION AND SUPPORT
Continue to Learn From the One Who Taught You Language The Best
We believe that the best way to learn a language is through the person who you learned your mother tongue from- your parents!
That is why we offer language acquisition lessons and support to both parents and children. Children, together alongside with their parents, will be able to continue to grow their language skills long after they leave the classroom - applying the material they learned in class outside of the classroom in their everyday lives.
By using the language in their everyday lives, language learnining will not just be something studied, but something that is lived out in the learner's everyday life. Language, afterall, is alive!