Are you frustrated with your progress?
Have you ever felt disappointed, frustrated, discouraged, or even angry while learning another language — or maybe just with aspects of it, like pronunciation, grammar or remembering vocabulary.
Or do you find that your foreign language skills are holding you back in your studies, career or personal life?
What I’m about to show you could change your language learning experience and possibly life forever.
If you agreed with any of the above, chances are you are learning like most other language learners world wide.
The rates of successful language learning world wide are truly alarming. Independent studies have shown, for example, that less than 5% of adults who study English as a second language ever make it to full proficiency. My personal experience would back that. Rates of foreign language acquisition for children at school is typically even lower than that.
You may be wondering why what you are doing is so wrong, if so many people are doing the same thing you are. Well, do you want to get the same results they're getting?? I wouldn’t think so!
But it doesn't have to be that way. I want to let you in on a little language learning secret.
You see, a common trait shared by most successful language learners is they enjoy learning Why? Because they’ve figured out ways to learn that are fun...
It’s important to remember that effort does NOT necessarily lead to success. Digging a large hole with a spoon will require a lot of effort! The issue is to work smarter and find the right tools, and to enjoy it. Because without that we will soon give up.
Most language learners just keep using the wrong tools and find it all too hard. That’s why so many give up. Don’t get me wrong, learning languages isn't going to be a walk in the park. However, everything changes when you start getting results and you enjoy the process.
This is one of the most common complaints I hear. It can be just so frustrating. I know because I have personally experienced it, not to mention having seen so many language learners suffer with this problem. After you try so hard and keep forgetting it is not surprising that so many language learners get disillusioned and end up believing that they don’t have what it takes.
The thing to understand that forgetfulness happens to you for the most part because the way the language is learned not because you are deficient in some way. Just consider the things you do recall effortlessly - like songs, birthdays, some juicy gossip - and you will then see what is possible!
#2. Not having enough time
In our modern society, and that includes most parts of the world, as there are very few parts that are not moving forward, there are increasing demands on our time. Time can become so precious that it really does seem like there is not enough time. Language learning does need time, so it is usually one of the first things to suffer when pressure builds on your available time.
Well of course that may well be case but by making some simple changes to how you learn you can experience increased effectiveness so the lack of time can become less of a factor.
Many language learners experience frustration because they are not advancing as well as they expect despite all their best efforts. Anyone would get frustrated if their progress does not eventually match their efforts. This frustration many times leads to disempowering beliefs, which only worsens the situation.
Again, once we change the how, the frustration starts to diminish because results starts to flow.
This happens because you were frustrated. You want to put off learning because inwardly you are expecting more hard times and difficulties with no progress. So rather than suffer more, you just avoid doing it! We can do this in many things but in language learning the result is poor language skills
Once you start to enjoy language learning AND getting results, it is amazing to see how the procrastination disappears as a factor.
It has been shown that one of the biggest factors that holds language learners back is fear. Fear is present a lot of the time because of a lack of confidence in one’s own abilities. Overcoming one’s fears is one of the factors language learners need to master.
By learning to understand the source of fears and how to become more confident in your language and hence yourself, fears start to diminish.
Just because people used candles for thousands of years does not make them the best way of providing light during the night. Imagine finding the power of using “electricity” in language learning!
Your beliefs about what is possible could have been holding you back. Our beliefs are one of the strongest forces in our lives. If you believe language learning is hard, then it will be. The reality is our past does not have to control our future. We CAN change our beliefs once we experience learning as not hard and not a grind.
Much of the time our beliefs are built on what we heard or experienced. However 2 people can see a glass half full and they may believe different things about what is in that glass. The one who believed it was half empty would approach it in quite a different way to the person who believed it was half full.
Not knowing what works and what doesn't can hold you back and create those beliefs we were just talking about. Most of us were never educated beyond being told to study, memorise, practice and repeat. There is much more to language learning than that!
The truth is - there are some simple steps you can easily take to t.........................
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Faculty of Education, Service Skills & Environment, Holmesglen Institute, Australia
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Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne
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IDP Education 2005-2011
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My name is Andrew Weiler. I have been in the language learning field for over 30 years and in that time I have learned languages, taught languages and trained language teachers. Over that time I have seen and trialled many different approaches and techniques with myself and language learners and have observed first hand what problems people commonly face.
Most language learners I have seen believe (usually deep down) that they have not the required memory, intellect or capacity to learn another language well. The reason for that, is that the ways they have been taught or the way they are learning do not work. It's not because they don't have the capacity.
Most language courses get students to study grammar, memorise vocabulary, repeat after the teacher or a model. The “new” communicative model of language teaching, a more "recent" innovation and other blended systems have promised much but have delivered little, so improved rates of language learning have not been seen.
I became aware that most language learners were struggling, as I had in some of my language classes at school when I was young, so I looked far and wide to find ways that would overcome the problems they were having. I finally did come across approaches and understandings that I saw and experienced that did deal successfully with these problems. So I set about transforming my teaching, and eventually saw the the results of my students start to improve, many times dramatically. The answers came in the form of:
These three understandings revolutionised what I did as a teacher and also what I did as a learner.
The next piece of the jigsaw fell in place when I decided to investigate how it is that some people can become extraordinarily successful in different areas of life. By examining the lives of some successful people, it was most revealing to find the commonalities they displayed. Interestingly I discovered parallels between these commonalities and the three answers I came to above, as well as a host of other factors. I took out what was relevant and applied them to the area of language learning.
One of these factors was the importance of beliefs in determining a person's future. This explained a lot about some of the puzzling behaviours that I witnessed. I then set about applying some of the strategies that successful people use in my life and brought them into my teaching. Immediately there were positive changes with my students and I could see that I had discovered some missing pieces to the jigsaw.
One of the biggest misconceptions people have about learning foreign languages is if you follow the course, the teacher, the program you will learn the language. Nothing can be further from the truth.
At one level I believe every one understands this, but most people don’t know what to do to not be dependent upon instruction. It is impossible to get to the higher levels without becoming more and more independent. Very few people really teach you this or even talk about how you can drive your own learning. I am going to show you exactly what you need to do so you can start to take control.
Most language learners spend a lot of time "studying". However their progress does not match the amount of time they spend studying grammar, vocabulary and conversations. They either forget what they learn or are not able to use it when they need it. Most of the energy used in learning is wasted. No wonder people say they don’t have enough time to learn.
I will show you how to change that so when you learn a new language it will be more fun and your retention rate will be REALLY high.
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