• World Languages Resources for Parents and Students

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    10 characteristics of a ‘Good Language Learner’

    A Good Language Learner…

    1. …finds their own way
      There is no one-size-fits-all approach to language learning, so you need to try different activities and resources and identify what works for you.
    1. …organizes information about language
      Whether you prefer using pen and paper or the latest app, it’s important to be organized and keep track of your learning.
    1. …uses mnemonics to remember what they have learned
      These are rhymes and word associations that help you to store new vocabulary and assimilate new rules. E.g. when you come across a new word, try to connect it to a song or a brand name that you know.
    1. …makes their own opportunities to practice using language inside and outside the classroom
      The activities you do in class are important for your progress, but so is what you do out of the classroom. You should always be on the lookout for opportunities to practice.
    1. …learns to live with uncertainty
      One of the frustrations of learning a second language is not understanding everything that’s being said around you. This is normal and it’s something you just have to accept. The uncertainty will push you to learn more.
    1. …lets the context help them in comprehension
      Remember, communication is not only about language. Use people’s gestures, facial expressions and other contextual information to help you follow the conversation.
    1. …use linguistic knowledge, including knowledge of your first language
      Although no two languages are the same, there are always some useful similarities. Instead of completely ignoring your first language, start thinking about what you can and cannot borrow.
    1. …makes intelligent guesses
      Until you become highly proficient in English, there will be gaps in your knowledge. It’s fine, just think about your options and have a guess! This is an important way of testing out new words and structures.
    1. …isn’t afraid of making mistakes
      Of course, some of this guessing will lead to mistakes, maybe even some embarrassment. Don’t let it get to you, learn from your mistakes and, with any luck, you won’t repeat them.
    1. …learns communication techniques
      If you can’t think of the word, try to describe it. If you don’t understand someone, ask them to speak more slowly. These are all techniques that help you keep the conversation going.