Learning foreign languages, as with learning anything, needs to be interesting or else it can quickly become a chore. Here are six top tips to keep your motivation high and to get you learning and speaking that foreign language you always wished you could!
The challenge of learning foreign languages
Learning a foreign language well can take years. There are few short cuts but the reward is well worth the effort. It’s really important therefore that when taking any language course, you have the content and materials tailored to your unique needs and requirements.
When learning foreign languages in a group
Obviously, if you are in a group then you have limited control over the material provided. Whatever your preference and learning style, however, the methodology and content of the language course needs to be adapted appropriately to create maximum impact.
What we forget is that you are essential to the success of the learning process. As a matter of fact, learners are consulted more now than they ever used to be about their interests in an effort to ensure the most appropriate material is being used.
For younger learners in schools, this is rarely the case as there is a curriculum and a lot of pupils to cater for. For professional adult learners, however, there is much more flexibility in the way that language courses are adapted.
The idea of working together with others to do activities, often referred to as task-based learning, has become an important approach in language learning
You have the power to create your own motivation – use it!
If you make sure you have the right level of motivation, curiosity and open-mindedness about the language, you will certainly see concrete results. Here are 6 top tips for you to make your language course as effective as possible:
1. Be Open Minded
Be open-minded about how learning a foreign language through different training approaches can benefit you
2. Match Learning a Language to Your Personal Interests
Be open about your personal interests and learning style so that the trainer can adapt the course in such a way that will remain interesting
3. Be Curious
Show a curiosity and willingness to understand the different structures of the target language and the way its grammar works
4. Be Inquisitive
Ask questions and be inquisitive about the language, this will create the most learning opportunities and will be beneficial in the long term
5. Be Collaborative
Share knowledge and ideas with other learners in group language courses – it can help solve problems and facilitate progress.In fact, the idea of working together with others to do activities, often referred to as task-based learning, has become an important approach in language learning
6. Be Consistent
Make sure you learn a certain number of new vocabulary items per week. As vocabulary is essential for communicative purposes, it is arguably more important than grammar
Motivation, open-mindedness and curiosity are all essential when learning foreign languages
What is your own learning style?
By understanding your own learning style and sharing this with your trainer you can not only enjoy your training more but you will also learn more effectively.
Motivation, open-mindedness and curiosity are all essential when learning a foreign language, not only in the training room, but also in practising the language in the real world.
Good luck with your language learning.