Who is this video for?
This is video is meant for language teachers or language learners. English learners will need to be upper intermediate in order to follow comfortably.
What is this video series about?
This is the first video in a series on how to balance a language learning course so that you (or your students) benefit from learning opportunities in the Four Strands: Meaning Focused Input, Meaning Focused Output, Language Focused Learning, and Fluency Development.
Why learn about the Four Strands?
The principle of the Four Strands has drawn heavily from Second Language Acquisition research and is a way to ensure that you benefit from a variety of learning opportunities that are conducive to language learning. The video provides an overview of all of the activities that will be covered in the short course. Being familiar with these activities will allow you to tailor your language course for self-study if you are learning on your own or for teaching.
I wrote an introduction to the Four Strands in a previous post called “What every language learner and teacher should know: the Four Strands.” In this video I will be going into more depth.