Sometimes a fact comes along which is so far out of kilter with what you believed, it stops you dead in your tracks….and I saw one a few days ago in The Guardian about language learning. The article itself was about the mental health benefits of bilingualism. It was nugget tucked inside, however, that caught my attention. Before I reveal the answer, I am going to pose the question, to see whether you were any closer in your perception than myself…. What percentage of the world’s population do you think speak at least 2 languages? [...]
Many language systems are actually very poor. The result? You find it difficult, you become demotivated and start to believe that you don't have the skills to learn (which is simply untrue). The good news is, there are great resources available, if you know where to look.
Learn these and your ability to express yourself quickly and easily will grow exponentially. That's why it's a great place for language beginners to start.
A Study of The Power of Games to Motivate Learners Teaching languages is no easy task We have a lot of empathy with language teachers. MFL is, without doubt, a difficult subject to teach - more difficult than most. Teachers need to somehow motivate students to learn lots of data (words) which are also annoyingly fiddly and work to some arcane grammatical rules. That would be OK if every student in the class was a model student and prepared to knuckle under...but that's not the universe we live in. In reality many students tune out as soon as the tough stuff comes long. [...]
When you use the power of Discovery Learning coupled with placing words in context and then wrapping the whole experience in a game - a strange thing happens. Picking up words becomes automatic and almost effortless.
We learned in a natural way - picking up the words we wanted to know, when we wanted to know them. It's called Discovery Learning and it's the most powerful way to learn a language.
Trafalgar Junior School learn to speak Spanish by playing KLOO. The children show how easy it is to play and make foreign sentences. Language Teachers explain how KLOO accelerates learning while making language fun.
Summer Holidays are coming! Tune into the language People find learning a language difficult...and some say that the best way to learn a language is through total immersion. I don't think many people would argue with that except it's difficult to arrange and somewhat costly - most of us cannot just up sticks and go to Italy for 2 months (I wish)! But many of us are going on hols - for a week or two abroad. This is when we can immerse ourselves in the language. We are surrounded by foreign signs, menus, and people! So [...]
In this minor medical drama in Italy, I had to explain my relationship with my daughter and what she was suffering from. The doctor would then ask me questions to ask Sasha - she would reply and I translated back. Having a second language felt extremely valuable.