35 minutes and 54 seconds.
Evan Gardner and Willem Larsen discuss some of the central issues of WAYK, such as its use of sign language, as a “bridge language“, for learning spoken language.
1. Technique “Bridge Language“
- WAYK doesn’t just use ASL; it is designed to help you learn new sign languages too, along with new spoken languages.
2. Technique “Your Lips Say No, But Your Body Says Yes“
- People tell the truth in sign, and lie in spoken language. Meaning, a student will sign what they really mean to say, whatever errors occur in their spoken language.
3. Technique “Technique“
- Every technique is an accelerator for teaching and learning.
- Our goal is the most rapid acquisition of fluent proficiency in a group.
- Every technique is its own skill. Each technique looks different to each proficiency level of WAYK player. As you become more experienced, you see more depth.
- How do you know when to contract a new technique?
4. Technique “Hedging Your Bets“
- Stacking the deck, increasing the odds of the most successful learning experience possible.
5. Technique “Bridge Language“
- Let this blow your mind: the relationship of objects and people in your environment, is the “bridge language” for learning sign language!
6. Technique “Obviously!“
7. Technique “Mentoring Language“
- Try to beat them at their own game. Be more ridiculously OCD than them. They are not the last word on WAYK.
8. Technique “Language Hunting“
- Why don’t Evan and Willem already know 20 languages each?
- By focusing on developing a community of “language hunters“, rather than “trophy hunting” languages on their own, they feel they will learn languages faster in the end.
- In the end, WAYK is a method for organizing the genius of a community.