Is your learning strategy giving you the expected results? (2)

Your fellow students from the The Augustine Club recommend that you:

  • Make your mouth or hand do what your mind is learning. Study out loud. If you study out loud, you double your efficiency by adding auditory memory and you make your mouth work, helping with pronunciation and speech.
  • Try to write sentences or a short paragraph using the skills you have practiced orally. Augment your learning potential even further by writing what you have read and spoken.
  • Study day-by-day. You cannot get by in a foreign language course by cramming at the last minute. You may be able to “learn” vocabulary items that way, but you cannot teach your mouth to use them in sentences. (Can you cram for a swimming test or a piano recital?)
  • Work on the audio and video clips. In addition, study with a friend, thus involving yourself in speaking and listening.
  • Occasionally go back and review “old” topics and vocabulary. Language learning is cumulative. You learn new skills on the basis of old ones. The more you “recycle” familiar information and skills, the better you will be able to integrate new ones
  • Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Self-consciousness can be a mighty obstacle to learning a language. Perhaps part of the reason small children readily acquire languages is that they are not afraid of making mistakes: their egos do not restrain them from acting like “little clowns”. If you are prepared to goof from time to time, or even frequently, you’ll feel much less restraint in practicing and trying to speak.

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