Learn to speak English, or more accurately, listen to a language that isn’t your own.
That’s the goal of this video series by Learning English in a Language, or LELA, which was created by LELO, an organisation dedicated to teaching English and learning the languages of Australia.
The series is aimed at anyone with an interest in learning the language and how to get the most out of it.
“I’ve always loved learning languages, but never thought I’d be able to do it professionally,” says LELP founder, Lisa B. Heaps, who has a PhD in history.
“As a young person, I thought, ‘How can I make the most of my time?'”
She began the series after she found a lesson plan on YouTube, which suggested the most effective way to learn a language was through the use of an audio book, and by listening to an audio.
She then began working on the project to find ways to use that information to her advantage, starting with a podcast.
“It was a really fun challenge to go through and discover all the different ways I could use the resources I’d already made,” says Heaps.
“For example, in this podcast, I use a lot of audio resources for the sounds I create.
I can tell when I’m getting ready to talk and when I can’t.
I’m not always ready for the next word.”
In a language video series, the aim is to have learners learn the language from the perspective of a native speaker, using the resources they’ve already learned to understand the language in context.
LELLAs videos, which have been around since 2006, are now being watched more than 5 million times per week, says Heap.
The idea behind the series is to help people to get an education through the language, without having to learn it themselves.
“We want to give people a better understanding of the languages they are studying, so they can be better equipped to speak them,” she says.
The goal of LELAs is to give learners an education in the language they love, with a focus on the native speaker.
“By doing so, learners can get the best out of their language learning and use that language to better their lives,” says B.Heaps.