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Dr. Schnee Builds Language


With Dr. Schnee, children learn to be language users; they learn a linguistic practice. 

With Dr. Schnee, children learn to 'do things with words' such as to make promises, invite, explain, assert, negotiate, ask, tell, etc. Therefore, they learn the practice forms of a language. They learn a social technique(s). Our goal is that children learn to do the things that others do in language, not to accumulate verbal operants (which, despite claims to the contrary, is not language - is not about the normative use of symbols).

With Dr. Schnee, children learn the conventional use of symbols (words and gestures) and how to appropriately manipulate them across a multitude of circumstances, transactions and contexts.

With Dr. Schnee, he clarifies the ways expressions are used and how to teach them.

With Dr. Schnee, an ordinary language approach is employed, which is to say that  learning a language is to learn a linguistic/cultural practice informed by cultural norms for the use of words and expressions. Language is an anthropological phenomenon which is accounted for descriptively not theoretically.

With Dr. Schnee, behavioral tools, strategies and procedures are used in order to increase learning efficiencies and to provide clarity during instruction. 

With Dr. Schnee, language learning is systematic, active and experiential. Words are introduced under highly contrived arrangements and then systematically traced out within experiences of doing, making, manipulating, using, asking, explaining, reporting, describing, instructing, planning, solving, seeing, searching, hearing, feeling, etc. Word use is mastered progressively and finally 'mastered' when words are used effortlessly within a linguistic practice across all practice forms.

With Dr. Schnee, children do extremely well because the work is intensive, because it is informed by the appropriate conceptual framework for teaching a

language, because it is constructional, because the instruction is behaviorally based and because of the expertise of Dr. Schnee.

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