By “massive comprehensible input”, I mean a little more than hearing htings you can figure out.
This means a LOT of language – recombined, twisted, turned around, repeated, tweaked a little and repeated again, so that it’s not just straight repetition, but making sure you hear new words and phrases and grammar patterns over and over and over but never just the same thing. You have to work that little bit to understand, but you will understand, and if you don’t, the teacher will stop immediately and make that happen. You cannot acquire language you do not understand.
People talking about learning Pinyin to master tones: that’s completely backwards, sorry. The language needs to be in the ear correctly, then we link written forms to it. You need that little “mp3” in your mind to drive Chinese reading and to avoid “pinyin accent”. If you don’t know how the words sound before you try to read Pinyin, you naturally use what you know about written systems (English) to “sound it out” with horrific effect. lol
Most language programs are now finally talking about CI (Comprehensible Input, not Confucius Institute, lol) but they are twisting the original meaning of it. Many are convinced that if there’s a story involved somewhere in the chapter, that makes it CI. (Shita, I’m looking at you. Did two workshops there, and the attitudes haven’t shifted.) It takes a loooong time to make 5000 glorious years of language teaching history budge.
I think in the future you’ll see more of it. If you want to have a lesson or two with me first to see what it’s like, PM me.