How Do You Learn a Language?
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How do we learn a language? And, perhaps equally important, how do we teach it?
The application of language correlates directly with reality—learners feel immediately the intrinsic and worldly need for communication, unlike math or some aspects of science, whose processes and efficacies need to be tested and reasoned with to understand. Yet learning a language continues to be a difficult task for many students. What practices can be integrated to make language learning an easier challenge to tackle?
Building a Base
Before a learner is able to recognize and solve bigger, more structural problems in a certain subject, he/she must have cemented fundamental concepts in their cognitive repertoire. Most specifically in languages, where some words or grammar points don’t mesh nicely with mnemonic device, repetition is key to success.
FactSumo works as an excellent supplemental educational tool that not only encourages understanding of key concepts, but does so in an effective, streamlined manner. What is also important is how we leverage different methods of knowledge acquisition, such as aural and visual aids, to help students better grasp the ideas they’ve learned in the classroom. Parts of a subject that students haven’t yet mastered will take priority in the learning paths that FactSumo has designed.
Another facet to this methodology lies in meaningful learning: applying the foundational and structural skills learned in FactSumo to real-world scenarios. Though the obvious choice is found in a conversation partner, this type of learning can come from TV and magazines, billboards and ads, or virtually any media that can be extracted for and used in a classroom setting. These things need not be from a country that speaks the language, as multilingual information is everywhere, but authenticity never hurts!
Practice Makes Perfect
An important part of learning a new skill is to keep practicing. Make a habit of searching out media and entertainment in that language--even if it’s just ten minutes a day! It is vital to accentuate the basic building blocks of a subject so they become second nature. It’s also crucial to set realistic goals that can show tangible progress. No one expects to study a language for a month and suddenly be fluent, but having a two minute conversation by then is certainly achievable!
Take It Slow
This is all to say that learning a language is a slow process, and not all learners are created equal. But each move a learner makes builds confidence in their ability to speak, read, and write. Every mistake is still a step forward! The good news is FactSumo streamlines the process of studying content, so classroom activity can be focused on higher critical thinking and progress!