I always think that one of the most important signs that an idea has got potential is how the first ten or twenty people respond to it.
I usually expect that those ten or twenty people will actually need to have the idea presented to them, and to have the good points flagged up a bit, though.
That’s not proving to be the case so far with the ideas we’ve got swirling around intensive sessions using our materials, though – in fact, quite the opposite. I’ve been inspired and excited to see that even before I get the chance to give more detailed and consistent feedback about the different experiments we’re trying and/or working towards, people on the forum have been reading very brief details about the idea, and then immediately hurling themselves into their own ‘intensive’ experiments!
In just the last couple of days, Justin and Rushelle have both thrown themselves into the idea, with enormously encouraging results. Rushelle was struggling to get through to the end of Course 1, but after reading about what other people were trying with this, she finished it off in a day and a half, and not surprisingly says she felt ‘awesome’…:-) You can read more and talk to her about it here:
Meanwhile Justin really went for it big time – he’d taken three and a half years to get to Lesson 6 of Course 2 (which is a fair bit more leisurely than what we usually see, although as always the only really important thing is that you don’t stop doing it) – but then, after seeing these ideas, he did the next 11 sessions of Course 2 in just 3 days!
More importantly than that, though, is the impact it’s had on his learning. He says for the first time in his life he’s speaking Welsh to people – in fact, to ‘just about anybody’! – and that he ‘didn’t realise what a powerful effect it would have, both in terms of my confidence and competence… I’ve been waiting for a watershed moment, and here it is!’.
You can read more about Justin’s experience, and ask him about it, here:
It’s heady, exciting stuff. When the new version of our Welsh course is available, which has been designed to fit much more successfully with this kind of intense approach, we’re going to start running some 2-day tests, and seeing what kind of results we get.
If they’re as positive as the stories we’re hearing on the forum, I think it’s almost certain that we’re going to start encouraging all our learners to try and find the time (as early as possible in their journey) to do one or two intense days.
How about you, dear reader? Are you inspired to give it a go yet? If you are, I’d love to hear how it works out for you…:-)