Learn how to learn a language (overview)

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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:

  1. Learn in an active way (don’t just study passively).
  2. Reflect on your own learning (what methods are you using? Why? Are they working? etc.)
  3. Be flexible (resources are EVERYWHERE. Use a variety of resources and methods to help you learn).
  4. Have short, focused grammar study sessions (think about the language you are learning and study grammar when necessary).
  5. 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.

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