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STRATEGIES IN LANGUAGE LEARNING

Better ways for busy professionals to learn a language

Passive Language Learning: Is it Effective?

Everywhere on the internet and in magazines you find people advocating the benefits of passive language learning. They promise you'll be able to speak the language of your choice if you buy their programs and "listen" to them whilst asleep. Sometimes, we language teachers, recommend that our...

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How To Simulate Effectively Language Immersion

Language immersion has always been considered the ideal situation to learn a new language. We have pointed out countless time that this is not entirely true. There are multiple examples of people living in a country for a number of years who are unable to communicate in the language spoken in...

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Can Nonverbal Communication Help Improve Speaking Ability?

In second language learning, even when we excel in reading and writing, and are knowledgeable in grammar structures in our target language, we often encounter a big hurdle in our race to fluency and this is Listening Comprehension. Listening comprehension is indeed important; but it takes time...

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11 Things The Best Language Learners Do

I've been writing for a while now about strategies to improve your language learning experience if you apply them in your language routine. But some people find it easier to go forward in their journey while others struggle. I put together some attributes of the best language learners based on...

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How To Overcome The Fear Of Speaking A Foreign Language

Foreign Language anxiety is the feeling of unease, worry, nervousness and apprehension experienced when learning or using a foreign language.[ Wikipedia] It happens mostly when the learner is using productive skills like listening and speaking. Three theories have been developed trying to...

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How Metacognitive Strategies boost your Language learning

Language learning strategies are the processes and act used by language learners to help them to learn or utilise a language effectively. In 1990 O'Malley and Chamot developed a classification of three types of language learning strategies. On the other hand, Rebecca Oxford came with a more...

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How to learn a Language Effectively and Efficiently

In 1993 Michael Lewis wrote the book " The Lexical approach" criticising the traditional method of teaching a language whereby the teacher's attention is focused mainly in grammatical rules and isolated lists of new vocabulary both to be memorised and hardly ever are taught how to integrate them...

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How to sound more like a Native Speaker

Some of my students have repeatedly asked how they can sound more like native speakers and my answer has been that they should aim at easily communicate their thoughts and understand the native speakers in exchange. But when you move to a country were your target language is spoken, it might be...

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How to start Learning from Mistakes when Studying a Language

Communication is our target when studying a new language; at least it should be our main priority. But why do most language learners feel discouraged at the first hurdle they encounter: making mistakes. Since preschool years, we've been conditioned and the term mistake has been associated in...

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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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