Pimsleur Course-Greek I (30 lesson)
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Pimsleur International, Inc., a leader in the field of Applied Linguistics, is dedicated exclusively to research, course development, materials production, and publication of self-teaching, programmed instructional foreign-language courses.
The objective of the "Pimsleur" tape courses is to provide three levels of portable, spoken foreign language communication skills training within the Intermediate ACTFL (The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) proficiency range.
The standard thirty lesson-unit Pimsleur cassette courses is designed to guide professionals in any field to accomplish these levels of proficiency at the rate of one half-hour lesson per day, wherever they may be. Each level contains material for cumulative training to specific levels. In today's global marketing, The Pimsleur Tapes alternative makes it possible for an American staff to have sufficient competency in a considerable number of diverse foreign languages in a very short period of time. Pimsleur Language Learning represents the state of the art in foreign language instruction. The Pimsleur Consumer Protection plan guarantees a specific spoken language proficiency in the target language, replacement guarantees, and upgrade guarantees. You will be able to:
*Ask and answer questions dealing with everyday situations.
*Give and get information and directions.
* Participate in casual conversations.
*Give basic information about yourself.
*Avoid basic cultural errors, and have operational language skills.
Why do Pimsleur customers rave about the amazing performance of Pimsleur programs?
Based upon a recent customer survey of Pimsleur Program purchasers, Pimsleur language programs are among the leaders in the world's language markets. Based on testing results by the foremost language program in the successful teaching of spoken foreign-language communication skills to adults. Clearly any language program whose customers testify with such outstanding acknowledgments is well on the way to the Number One position in foreign-language training.
85% reported satisfaction with Pimsleur.
25% purchased 2 or more courses.
50% were considering additional Pimsleur courses and were waiting only to complete the course at hand.
Nine out of ten respondents said the Pimsleur teaching techniques helped them communicate with native speakers.
74% reported that Pimsleur is the only course they would purchase in the future.
73% did the course while commuting to work.
29% purchased for vacation; 71% for professional.
59% were male; 41% were female.
61% who purchased were between 35 to 54 years of age.
92% were college graduates.
49% earned more then $50,000 a year
Pimsleur Consumer Protection Plan
1. All 30-lesson-unit Pimsleur language proficiency guarantee(based upon the results the user has achieved after completing the program as specified).
2. A replacement guarantee (at no charge) on any defective cassette.
3. A replacement guarantee (at $15.00 per cassette) on any cassette that you lose or damage.
4. An upgrade guarantee. Because we research, develop, and publish these courses, we guarantee an upgrade exchange on any course that we re-publish in a new version within three years of publishing the initial version. We encourage feedback from our users; therefor we will take back your initial edition and supply the original purchaser with the complete new edition at an upgrade charge of $50.00 plus shipping. This applies on any Pimsleur I, Pimsleur II, or Pimsleur III 30-lesson-unit program.
5. An exchange guarantee. Purchasers of Pimsleur courses are guaranteed an exchange of an upopened, unused course for any other Pimsleur language course, in the event of a change in travel plans. The exchange will be on the basis of equivalent dollars.
It is obvious there is only one thing that could motivate purchasers of a language program to reach such opinions - and that is the fact they achieved the ability to communicate with native speakers of the language. Anyone can learn a foreign language, and learn it well -- with the right teaching system. The Pimsleur Method, which utilizes your innate language-learning skills through listening and speaking instead of reading textbooks, is that system. The Pimsleur Language Program draws on years of research. Using the open-ended questioning technique, the program provides not only a practical vocabulary and effective conversational skills, but also the means to continually enhance your language abilities.
424 ISBN-10: 0743508882
| How to use the program
To get the full benefit of each lesson, try to create the best learning conditions. Choose a quiet place where you can practice without interruption and a time of day when your mind is most alert and your body least fatigued. You might study in your car, listening to the program while you commute or travel.
Each lesson is approximately 30 minutes long. Dr. Pimsleur's research shows this to be the optimum period for learning, after which the mind loses its ability to retain new information. Try your best to work through one lesson each and every day. Whether you move on to the next lesson daily or repeat those you feel unsure about, it is important that you familiarize yourself with the language on a daily basis.
Once you've started the program, simply follow the tutor's instructions. The most important instruction is to respond aloud when the tutor tells you to do so. There will be a pause after this instruction, giving you time to reply. It is essential to your progress that you speak out in a normal conversational voice when asked to respond. Your active participation in thinking and speaking is required for your success in mastering this course.
Do not have a paper and pen nearby during the lessons, and do not refer to dictionaries or other books. The Pimsleur Method works with the language-learning portion of your mind, requiring language to be processed in its spoken form. You will only interrupt the learning process if you try to write the words you hear
Check your progressListen carefully to each lesson unit. Always follow the directions of the instructor.
Speak out loud when directed by the tutor and answer questions within the pauses provided. Do this prior to hearing the confirmation which is provided as reinforcement.
Do all required activities according to instructions, without reference to any outside persons, book, or course.
Complete the lesson units in strict consecutive order -- don't skip around! -- doing no more than one lesson unit per day, although you can repeat the lesson unit for the day. Daily contact with the language is critical to successful learning.
Guidelines for success
The simple test for mastery is whether you are able to respond quickly and accurately when your tutor asks a question. If you are responding correctly about eighty percent of the time, then you're ready to proceed to the next lesson. It is important to keep moving forward, but also not to set unreasonable standards of perfection that will keep you from progressing, which is why we recommend using the eighty percent figure as a guide.
You'll notice that each lesson contains both new and familiar material, so that just when you may be worrying about forgetting something, you will be reminded of it. Another helpful feature of the Pimsleur Language Program is its rate of saturation; you will be responding many times per minute. This saturation enables you to make substantial progress within a short amount of time.
A note on regional language differences
In any large country, and even in many smaller countries, regional differences in language are common. In the United States, for example, a person from Maine can sound very different than someone from Texas. Pronunciations ("accents") vary, and there are also minor differences in vocabulary. For example, what is called a "drinking fountain" in New York or Arizona is known as a "bubbler" in Wisconsin, and a "soft drink" in one part of America will be called a "soda" elsewhere. The differences in English are even more distinct between North Americans and Britons, or between Britons and Australians. But all are native speakers of English; all can communicate with spoken English, read the same newspapers, and watch the same television programs, essentially without difficulty.
Native speakers of a language can often tell where someone is from by listening to him or her speak. In addition to regional differences, there are social differences. Pimsleur Language Programs use a standard "educated" speech, which will generally carry you throughout the country without difficulty.
Principle of Anticipation
The Principle of Anticipation requires you to "anticipate" a correct answer. Practically, what this means is that you must retrieve the answer from your own memory before it is confirmed in the lesson. It works as follows:
The lesson will pose a challenge -- perhaps by asking you, in the new language:
"Are you going to the movies today?"
There will be a pause, and, drawing on information given previously, you will say:
"No, I went yesterday."
The instructor will then confirm your answer: "No, I went yesterday."
Before Dr. Pimsleur created his teaching method, language courses were based instead on the principle of repetition. Teachers drummed words into the students' minds over and over, as if the mind were a record whose grooves wore deeper with repetition. However, neurophysiologists tell us that, on the contrary, simple and unchallenging repetition has a hypnotic, even dulling effect on the learning process. Eventually, the words being repeated will lose their meaning. Dr. Pimsleur discovered that learning accelerates when there is an "input/output" system of interaction, in which students receive information and then are asked to retrieve and use it.
Graduated Interval Recall
Graduated Interval Recall is a complex name for a very simple theory about memory. No aspect of learning a foreign language is more important than memory, yet before Dr. Pimsleur's work, no one had explored more effective ways for building language memory.
In his research, Dr. Pimsleur discovered how long students remembered new information and at what intervals they needed to be reminded of it. If reminded too soon or too late, they failed to retain the information. This discovery enabled him to create a schedule of exactly when and how the information should be reintroduced.
Suppose you learn a new word. You tell yourself to remember it, but after five minutes you can't recall it. If you'd been reminded of it after five seconds, you probably would have remembered it for maybe a minute -- then you would have needed another reminder. Each time you are reminded, you remember the word longer than you did the time before. The intervals between reminders become longer and longer, until you eventually remember the word without being reminded at all.
This program is designed to remind you of new information at the exact intervals where maximum retention takes place. Each time your memory begins to fade, you will be asked to recall the word. Through this powerful method, you progress from short-term to long-term memory without being aware of it, while avoiding the monotonous rote repetition used in traditional language courses.
The Principle of Anticipation and Graduated Interval Recall are the foundation of the Pimsleur Method, but there are other unique components that are also important. One is the theory of a core vocabulary. We have all been intimidated, when approaching a new language, by the sheer number of new words we must learn. But extensive research has shown that we actually need a comparatively limited number of words to be able to communicate effectively in any language.
Language can be divided into two distinct categories: grammatical structures (function words) and concrete vocabulary (content words). By focusing on function words and enabling the student to comprehend and employ the structure of a new language, Dr. Pimsleur found that language learners were able to more readily put new knowledge to use. There are very few content words that are used every day. The essential core of a language involves function words, which tend to relate to human activities.
The Pimsleur Method centers around teaching, in the shortest time possible, functional mastery in understanding and speaking a language. You will be working on your vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation all at once, while also learning phrases that have practical use in daily life. It has been said that language is primarily speech. With this concept in mind, Dr. Pimsleur created his language programs on audio because he knew that students of languages would learn better with their ears, not their eyes. This is achieved through what Dr. Pimsleur called "organic learning," which entails learning on several fronts at once. His system enables the student to learn grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation in a natural and exciting way
This course is designed to teach you to understand and to speak the essential elements of your new language in a relatively short time. During each half-hour lesson, you will actually converse with two people, using the type of language spoken by educated citizens in their everyday business and social life. The program's unique method for presenting dialogue relieves you of most common learning problems.