Spoken language. Written language.

Every widely spoken language in the world has two quite different and independent symbol systems that represent it. Learning each of these requires a very different process.

Audible symbols

In the primary spoken form of a language vocal sounds are combined to represent meaning aurally.

Visible symbols

In the secondary written form of a language a range of visual symbols physically represent the sounds the words make when they are being spoken.

We confuse these in our minds

Most of us are comfortable with both symbol systems. When we read, we see the written symbols on the page, but we can also ‘hear’ the spoken sounds of those words in our mind. When we hear words, we can also ‘see’ the written symbols in our mind.  Both systems seem interlinked and inseparable, but they are not.

The two symbol systems are independent  

It is possible to be able to speak a language fluently without ever being able to read or write the visual symbols for the sounds you are making.

It is possible to be literate in terms of the written form of a language even if you are profoundly deaf and unable to ever hear the sound of it being spoken.

Neither symbolic form is dependent on the other.

Different systems, different skills  

Learning to speak a language fluently is a psychomotor skill development process – you must physically practice making unfamiliar sounds until they become familiar. You cannot learn to speak a language by reading about it.

Learning to read and write a language is an intellectual process. It helps to be able to speak the language, but you can’t learn to read or write it by hearing it spoken.

YES is uniquely designed to facilitate English speaking skills.

Most language courses are built around the written form of the language, but YES is an innovative learning system that concentrates exclusively on helping learners build and practise their English speaking skills, as simply and as rapidly as possible.

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