During its development, a child has to learn to select the sound elements that are compatible with its linguistic environment, and at the same time ignore those elements that are absent from the phonetic structures that it perceives in its usual surroundings. The child will acquire a linguistic coding by adjusting to the sound structures of its own language. But because this coding is specific to each language, it will rapidly become a brake on the learning of a foreign language, insofar as the sounds of the foreign language do not conform to the sound patterns of its native language, which have been interiorized during infancy. A language is therefore first of all a kind of music, that is, an ensemble of specific rhythms and sounds. These rhythms and sounds constitute the fundamental sound substrate on which all other acquisitions will be based (for example, lexical, syntactical, and semantic acquisitions).
The goal of the TOMATIS® Method is to give anyone wishing to learn a foreign language the possibility of truly appropriating these rhythms and sounds by allowing the ear to adapt itself effectively to this foreign music, so that it may analyze and reproduce it. This requires that students free themselves from the usual rhythmic and sonorous habits of their native language, habits that often have a negative influence on learning a new language.
For English, Spanish, French and German language
=> Integration of rhythms and sounds of a foreign language
SOLISTEN® LANGUAGE INTEGRATION is a very easy-to-use device where the recorded music and readings are pre-programmed with the TOMATIS Effect in 4 languages (English, Spanish, French and German).
For each language, two 30-hour programs are available. The first program is designed for children and includes some children's songs, the second is designed for adults with some more specific texts. You will also find a preparation program which can be used before any linguistic program in order to prepare the ear to integrate a foreign language. SOLISTEN® LANGUAGE INTEGRATION enables to do passive training sessions to ease the perception of a foreign language.
TALKS® is a complementary tool to SOLISTEN® LANGUAGE INTEGRATION. It enables students to do active training sessions. Thanks to a specific device with an integrated microphone the voice is processed in live with the TOMATIS® EFFECT. The student only has to repeat words to work actively on his or her own pronunciation. By modifying the perception by the ear and the brain of his or her own voice, the student unconsciously adjusts his or her speech to the patterns of the foreign language.
Individual Passive Listening program : SOLISTEN® LANGUAGE INTEGRATION is a portable device. Student can have the passive integration program in total autonomy at home or at your office. A standard listening program lasts 30 hours at a rate of two hours a days.
Collective Passive Listening program: SOLISTEN® LANGUAGE INTEGRATION can be used in a Group configuration. As a school-based equipment, extensions can be added to the device : you can connect up to 25 students altogether at the same time on the same device. A standard listening program lasts 30 hours at a rate of two hours a days.
Individual Active Voice Coaching: TALKS is portable device. The student can work on his own pronunciation by reading texts and repeating phonetics exercise. (The audio recording of repetition exercices is only available in English).
Face to face: TALKS is very simple to install for you and your student. You can add TALKS to your individual lessons. Your student will hear your voice as well as his or her own voice with the TOMATIS® EFFECT.