Here is the proof that some people might need to help them believe what I and others have been saying, namely that it is possible to reach native like levels in another language. With enough practice, some learners of a second language can process their new language as well as native speakers, research at the
“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”
Most language learning resources or materials are not for the advanced learners. Nor is it what language teachers usually talk about. There is quite a bit for those intending to study or for those going for tests (TOEFL, IELTS, etc), but as far as helping take you to the really high levels in a language,
There are many reasons why so many people struggle to learn a second language, however if I was asked to pick a key one, my choice would be the lack of “engagement”. So much of learning a language revolves around beliefs about studying, memorisation, grammar and drilling. This emphasis just does not work for most
Learning language can be more like playing a game than most people think. Games are by their nature interesting and engaging so players tend to devote a lot of time to them and get a lot of pleasure from them. So if we could make it more like a game, there would be many advantages.
I have been exploring what holds language learners back and what can be done to move forward so they can produce the outcomes that all of us are capable of, since I started this site, some 3 years ago. One issue I have skirted about but not dealt with head on is the issue of
It is of course understood that in learning a language, the importance of meaning is paramount. This is taken for granted much of the time but on recently reading an article on a blog on how actors learn their lines, I was prompted to reflect on this topic from a different vantage point. I believe
With the recent startling events concerning flight MH370 my thoughts turned to wondering about how getting lost applies to learning a language. Can we get so lost in learning a language? I believe that we can. The language learners who don’t succeed are the ones who got really lost. They are the ones who get
Traditionally, reading and writing have been used as the main instructional tools in teaching or learning languages and although there are some approaches that vary from this practice the evidence still seems to suggest that many teachers and learners use reading and writing as the main medium. There is no doubt that on many levels
There is still a lot we don’t know about the process of language learning, but there is also is a lot that we do know. Confusion arises for many learners (and dare I say many of their teachers) because there are so many views out there about it and the weight of existing beliefs tends
It would seem that the vast majority of people who attempt to learn another language give up on that endeavour well before they get to an “acceptable” level of proficiency. Arriving at the decision to “give up” takes some time and usually involves the creation of an “excuse” which provides the justification for the decision.
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