Last week I finished a course called Learning How to Learn a Language on Udemy.com. There are two reasons why I took the course:
- I recently moved to Portugal and want to improve my Portuguese. I only have 30 minutes a day to study, so I wanted this course to show me the methods and techniques that expert language learners use to learn languages super fast.
- So that I can share what I’ve learned with my IELTS students to help them make rapid progress with their English.
What did I learn?
Based on studies in neuroscience and language learning, the course is designed to help people make a plan to effectively and efficiently learn a language, and avoid the most common pitfalls that language learners make.
*pitfall = an unexpected difficulty or problem.
The course has 5 key messages:
- Learn in an active way (don’t just study passively).
- Reflect on your own learning (what methods are you using? Why? Are they working? etc.)
- Be flexible (resources are EVERYWHERE. Use a variety of resources and methods to help you learn).
- Have short, focused grammar study sessions (think about the language you are learning and study grammar when necessary).
- Connect! (Make connections with English speakers and their culture so that you have a genuine desire to understand and communicate).
In the next few weeks, I’ll explain each of these 5 areas in more detail.
I’ll also show you how I’m using them to learn Portuguese and explain how they can help you prepare for your IELTS test.