NLP and Language Learning

What is NLP?

NeuroLinguistic Programming (NLP) is the science of running your own brain for the results you want in your life, business and family. NLP helps you understand the structure of your experience to change the experience and emotions. Our experience of the world is created by gathering information through the use of our five senses. However, each of us tends to develop a favorite mode of focus, or a modality, as it is often called.
Some people are more impacted, for example, by what they see. For others, sounds are the trigger for the greatest of life’s experiences, while for others, feelings are the foundation.
Even within each of these modes of experience, though, there are special elements of pictures, sounds, or other sensations that can be changed in order to increase or decrease the intensity of our experience. These foundational ingredients are called sub-modalities. For example, you can make a picture in our mind and then take any aspect of that image (a sub-modality), and change it to change your feelings about it. You can brighten the picture, immediately changing the amount of intensity you feel about the experience.

They affect how you feel about virtually anything, whether you feel joy, frustration, wonder, or despair. Understanding them enables you to not only change how you feel about any experience in your life, but to change what it means to you and thus what you can do about it.

Working with Sub-modalities
If you tend to focus upon your visual modalities, the amount of enjoyment you can get from a particular memory is probably a direct consequence of the sub modalities of size, color, brightness, distance, and amount of movement in the visual image you’ve made of it. If you represent it to yourself with auditory sub modalities, then how you feel depends on the volume, tempo, pitch, tonality, and other such factors you attach to it. For example, in order for some people to feel motivated, they have to tune in a certain channel first if their favorite channel is visual, then focusing on the visual elements of the situation gives them more emotional intensity about it. For other people it’s auditory or kinesthetic channels. And for some, the best strategy works like a combination lock. First the visual lock has to be aligned, then the auditory, then the kinesthetic. All three dials have to be lined up in the right place and the right order for the vault to open.

Remember, how you feel about things is instantly changed by a shift of sub modalities. For example, think of something that happened yesterday. Just for a moment, picture that experience. Take the image of this memory and put it behind you. Gradually push it back until its miles behind you, a tiny, dim dot far off in the darkness. Does it feel like it happened yesterday, or a long time ago? If the memory is great, bring it back. Otherwise, leave it there! Who needs to focus on this memory? By contrast, you’ve had some incredibly wonderful experiences in your life. Think of one right now, one that happened a long time ago. Recall the imagery of that experience. Bring it forward; put it in front of you. Make it big, bright, and colorful; make it three – dimensional. Step into your body as you were then and feel that experience right now as if you were there. Does it feel like it happened a long time ago, or is it something you’re enjoying right now? You see, even your experience of time can be changed by changing sub-modalities.
NLP has the power to change almost any experience.

How NLP helps language learning
Motivation is the key factor in learning any language. NLP does three things to the English Language Learners:
  • It motivates learners: It changes learner's bad experience and emotions to motivate him. 
  • It changes their beliefs about language: It hits beliefs like, 'English is difficult' or I am not good at English. 
  • It creates a strategy for them to learn English fast. It creates a working method that helps the learner English fast. The strategy that NLP creates is 100% working according to the learner's model of the world.

It is not English alone; it is even with our life. The challenge is that most of us take our limiting patterns and make them big, bright, close, loud, or heavy – whichever sub modalities we’re most attuned to – and then wonder why we feel overwhelmed! If you’ve ever pulled yourself out of that state, it’s probably because you or somebody else took that image and changed it, redirecting your focus.

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