What is the ULAT?

The ULAT (Universal Language Acquisition Tool) is an extraordinarily inexpensive and yet highly effective and revolutionary 3-year language program that trains students to think as does a native speaker of the language they are learning. The program is appropriate both for the school environment and for homeschooled or independent study students. The ULAT enables students to attain fluency in the target language through its respect of the Natural Language Acqusition Sequence. This sequence involves an exclusive focus on the skills of listening and speaking for months before ever exposing the students to the printed word. Once a sound oral foundation has been established to the students' knowledge of the new language, and after some phonics instruction, the students then begin elementary reading activities. Finally, not until after an entire year composed primarily of oral skill development, combined with some elementary reading, do the students begin to learn the skill of writing the language.

As for its methods, the ULAT first makes extensive use of images, video clips, gestures and associated sound files to lay a solid oral foundation, without any recourse to the learner's native language and prior to any exposure to the written language. It trains the student to think in the 2-step thought process one finds in a native speaker (inner visualization of concepts to their outward expression directly in the target language), as opposed to the unwieldy multi-step thinking of a second language learner trained through a premature exposure to the written word and to translation. The ULAT reinforces the proper 2-step thought process by means of gradually accelerating, timed drills that do not leave the student the leisure to lapse into thought in his or her native language or in terms of printed text. The skills of reading are only developed after the student has attained a certain pre-defined rate of extemporaneous oral expression, and the first elementary written work is generally delayed until the end of the student's first year of study.

Far more powerful and convenient, and yet less costly, than a textbook, the ULAT is an appropriate instructional tool for young people (starting at approximately the fourth grade level), as well as for adults. It exists in two versions - one specifically designed for the public school context and the other for private schools and homeschoolers. The ULAT website contains extensive training materials for teachers desiring to make use of it in their classroom, as well as daily lesson plans that are simple enough to be easily followed by the independent study student. It should be pointed out that the ULAT does not involve itself with the teaching of the cultures of those nations where the target language is spoken. It is exclusively a language teaching tool.

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