Growing Participator Approach
Learn language and culture in a way that is effective and fun
How does GPA approach language learning?
It's not a language to be learned but a life to be lived!
The Growing Participator Approach positions learners to reach
meaning they are a full participator with many deep relationships in another langua-culture.
What will you do in GPA?
You will follow the Six Phases of GPA in your language progression beginning with connecting to the Hindi Urdu or Punjabi world through a relationship with your Nurturer and launching to a never-ending phase of participation and growing through deep relationships and regular engagement in the language and culture. The phases and resources in between provide the necessary encouragement and challenges to support you in this journey.
Launch India provides each of the Phases described below both in person and online.
Phase 2 : Story Building
Let your personality emerge within your relationship with locals as you begin communicating your own ideas by building stories through wordless picture books.
Phase 4 : Deep Life Sharing
Develop deep friendships with locals and expand your language exposure through listening to their life stories and sharing your own. Begin regular record for feedback activities so your Nurturer can help you fix common errors in your own speech.
Phase 6 : Self-Sustaining Growth in Community
(Lifestyle Growing Participation)
Continue your language and cultural growth through the everyday relational interactions of work, play, and life.
Phase 1 : Here and Now
Start the journey of connecting to your nurturer and begin understanding the tangible "here-and-now" words of people in North India by engaging in structured play activities.
Phase 3 : Shared Stories
Using shared stories as a bridge to understanding, dive deeper into language, host culture, and your budding relationship with your nurturers.
Phase 5 : Native to Native
Widen your understanding through study of native-to-native discourse, expanding your comprehension and ability to use the colloquial language like the locals.
Ready to start your Hindi-Urdu or Punjabi Journey? Sign up today!
Frequently asked questions about GPA
In GPA will I learn how to read and write?
You will learn the letters of Hindi Script towards the end of Phase 1, will be oriented to our Hindi Script workshop and resources in Phase 2, and encouraged and supported to continue to develop your reading and writing skills as you progress thruogh the program. While developing deep understanding of Hindi Urdu is foundational in GPA before speaking before reading and before writing, we still encourage learners to grow in their reading and writing skills as it can help with pronunciation and later in Phase 6 with self-sustained language growth.
How does someone learn grammar with GPA?
It is a common misconception that students do not learn grammar using the GPA approach. Research shows that the number one way to grow in using correct speech is MASSIVE COMPREHENSIBLE INPUT. This means you have heard tons of speech said correctly over and over again by locals that you were able to understand. This is why the skills of listening and understanding are foundational in GPA. From Phase 1, you are hearing phrases in complete sentences with correct sentence structure. As you keep listening and begin speaking more in Phases 2-3, your Nurturer is constantly correcting your speech to increase your exposure to correct sentence structures. In Phases 4-5, participators are highly encouraged to regularly use the Record for Feedback activity where the Nurturer recasts every sentence a GP makes into how a native would have said it. Even if a sentence may be grammatically correct, it might not be the way locals speak.
What is a Nurturer?
A Nurturer is your guide into the amazing world of South Asia, its culture and language. A key concept in GPA is that the learner enters humbly into their new langua-cultural world like a child in need of someone to help raise them up in that new world. So your Nurturer will guide you along in your journey, and often they will be some of your closest, initial relationships in India. You can start to get to know every Nurturer a little better on our Team page.
What are the origins of GPA?
The Growing Participator Approach was developed by Dr. Greg Thompson (Ph.D. linguistics), along with his wife, Angela, based on applying the latest research on how people actually learn languages well, and a Biblical paradigm of cross-cultural relationship to their own experience learning a variety of different languages in different contexts. Check out the GPA webpage for more details: Growing Participator Approach.
What is the main goal of the GPA?
How long before I start speaking using the GPA approach?
In meeting 9 of Phase 1, you will say "yes" and "no" in Hindi. In meeting 16 of Phase 1, you will review all the words and phrases you have learned up to that point by expressing your own ideas with your Nurturer's help. From then on, you will speak daily in every class from Phase 1B- Phase 6.
What is the Iceberg Principle in GPA?
What is the main attitude of an effective participator in the GPA?
Ultimately, an attitude of humility is key to being an effective participator using GPA.
Do I have to make my own lesson plans?
Phase 1 has a set plan and curriculum. Phases 2-5 have guides, resources, and activities appropriate for learners in those levels that we will share with you as you approach the end of each Phase. GPA is designed to be a student-led approach where the GP directs the sessions using these activities and resources. Our Nurturers, however, are also trained in GPA and able to help you plan your language sessions if that is useful. Our Launch India certified language learning encouragers would also be happy to consult with you to come up with a schedule and plan to help you meet your specific goals and needs.
Does GPA work for children and families?
Absolutely! GPA was originally designed to create a way for Moms who are homeschooling their children to be able to engage well in the language and culture of a new people. Phase 1 especially is well suited for whole families to do together! We also have separate Kids Classes available both in-person and online that teach the same words as everyone else learns in Phase 1 but in an even more playful way.
Does GPA work best in groups or alone?
Either one is great! We encourage learners to consider joining a group session if possible as GPs often report classes are more fun and enjoyable with others. But individual language sessions have also proven highly effective with the added benefit of increased flexibility in scheduling and pacing. About half our clients at Launch India participate in group language sessions and the other half participate individually. We are happy to customize your experience to fit your needs.
How effective is GPA online as compared to in-person?
Launch India moved our program online in March 2020 due to COVID, and the response from GPs has been incredibly positive! Some learners even here in Delhi where we offer our in-person classes still prefer online due to the flexibility it provides. Phase 1 which is the most hands-on of all the phases has received the most positive response from GPs who have loved the program we use as it allows just as much interaction with objects just in a virtual setting. Of course, a key component to GPA is that you grow in your lifestyle participation in the new langua-cultural world as you participate in focused language sessions. So we provide students with recommendations for how to engage with South Asians while not in India to encourage that kind of lifestyle growth in addition to the online sessions.