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STRATEGIES IN LANGUAGE LEARNING

Better ways for busy professionals to learn a language

What's the Best Age to Learn a Foreign Language?

Some of us have had the opportunity to be exposed to a second or third language at an early age, but this is not generally the rule. As parents we want to offer the best opportunities of better job prospects in the future to our children in this globalised world in which we live nowadays. We...

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How to easily boost speaking skills with Shadowing Technique

Speech shadowing started as an experimental technique used by linguists to measure the reaction time between hearing a word and pronouncing it. It was soon to be transferred to language learning were they studied the effects of speech perception ( the process by which the sounds of language are...

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Why should Children be Encouraged to learn a Second Language Part 2

How can we secure a better future for our children? One of the ways is by introducing them to a foreign language from an early age. Last week we named some advantages in part 1, this week we'll talk about a few more. Learning a second language makes them better at mastering their...

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Why should Children be encouraged to learn a Second Language Part I

The summer holidays are over, the children are going back to school. It's an appropriate time to talk about the multiple advantages they can reap by learning a new language. * The first benefit is that they become smarter. Speaking another language improves the brain functions. They...

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How to avoid stalling (plateau) when learning a new language and how to overcome it.

You decided which language you want to learn. You've got plenty of reasons. You're an absolute beginner but you're resolute and determined. You bought a beginner's course or a book and set an amount of time a day for your studies. You learn fast and absorb quickly all the new vocabulary. You...

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How to avoid translating in your Target Language

When learning a new language, the truth is that we're hoping for fluency at some point of our journey. We're all nurturing the thought of being able to easily sustain a conversation with native speakers without the inconvenience of having to retrieve words that seem to be deeply buried in our...

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How Reading Strategies help in the acquisition of a Second Language

Reading is the process of building meaning by interacting with a text; and a strategy " is a plan selected deliberately by the reader to accomplish a particular goal". [ Paris, Lipson & Wixon, 1983] In language learning this goal is to understand the meaning of a particular text and to...

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Listening Strategies: What it is, and how to use it in your language learning.

Listening plays an important part in the development of speaking skills and mental representation in the target language; hence the need to give a great importance in developing skills that can help students achieve their goal of speaking confidently in a foreign language. In second language...

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Learning a language abroad? How to make the most of it

Immersion has been referred to as the best way to learn a language and it is defined as extensive exposure to surroundings and conditions that allow the object of study. Immersion is a deep mental involvement in something. Well, now you're living in the country where your target language is...

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Communicative Language Teaching: What is it? and How does it work?

The frustration of educators with the traditional system of grammar-translation methods of foreign language instruction has been the reason for implementing COMMUNICATIVE LANGUAGE TEACHING ( CLT) also called " Communicative approach". What is it about? CLT is an approach to the teaching of...

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