He is bought face to face with the beautiful and fascinating Suzi von Rummelsberg - now his ideal dream is turning into reality. And the answers to all questions he dare not ask lie at his diplomatic fingertips in the files of the British government.
This comprehensive reference and practice grammar is designed for advanced students of English as a foreign language. It takes language functions as its basis and explores these in terms of the language units that realize them. Form is related to meaning which in turn is related to situation. Chapters are divided into modules, which are designed both for class work and self-study use. Examples are given from various texts and transcripts, and summaries are used to emphasize the main points of each chapter. There are also tasks that are designed to broaden the understanding of the ways in which language may be used: these include text analysis.
The Natural Approach is based on the following tenets: 1). Language acquisition (an unconscious process developed through using language meaningfully) is different from language learning (consciously learning or discovering rules about a language) and language acquisition is the only way competence in a second language occurs. (The acquisition/learning hypothesis) 2). Conscious learning operates only as a monitor or editor that checks or repairs the output of what has been acquired. (The monitor hypothesis) 3). Grammatical structures are acquired in a predictable order and it does little good to try to learn them in another order.(The natural order hypothesis). 4). People acquire language best from messages that are just slightly beyond their current competence. (The input hypothesis) 5). The learner's emotional state can act as a filter that impedes or blocks input necessary to acquisition. (The affective filter hypothesis).