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How much time do you spend studying a languange per day? and, what has been your routine?

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Thoughts on Rosetta Stone

So to start off I just wanna say that I know that Rosetta Stone isn’t a replacement for classes, 100%. But as a starting tool is it worth it?

I learnt my second language by just being immersed in it all of a sudden at the age of 9 and just picked up on it out of necessity. Would Rosetta Stone get those same gears turning again? And is it worth the investement?

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Back to school: 5 ways to establish SMART goals

We’re at the start of a new term. With many students starting courses in September, now’s the perfect opportunity to help your students establish their learning goals for the year.

Early goal setting is essential as it helps with motivation, focus and a sense of direction. Defining those goals, however, can be overwhelming.

Use this goal-setting checklist to make sure your students are on the path to success.

Make your goals SMART

SMART is an acronym that you can use with your students to help guide goal setting. It stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timely. 

1. Specific 

To make a goal specific you must focus your attention on what you want to achieve. Instead of saying ‘I want to improve my English’, a more specific goal might be ‘I want to be able to pass a retail job interview in English’. Your student will still be learning English, but their goal is more focused.

Note – the Global Scale of English (GSE) Teacher Toolkit is a great tool to help you set specific learning goals, especially when it comes to jobs. It allows you to look for specific language objectives for different professions, meaning you can tailor your classes to your students’ career interests and consolidate the knowledge of students already working in those fields. 

Read more in our post: Preparing learners for the world of work using the GSE Teacher Toolkit.

For work and education-related goals, your student may also need to prove their level of English, which leads to new goals like: ‘I want to pass an exam such as the Pearson Test of English (PTE) General to prove my skills in English.’ 

To help your students set specific goals, get them to ask questions such as – ‘What do I want to accomplish?’ ‘Why do I want to accomplish it?’ and ‘When do I want to achieve it by?’

Broad goals: 

  • To learn English
  • To improve vocabulary
  • To improve reading 

Specific goals: 

  • To pass an interview in English
  • To read a whole book in English
  • To pass my Level 3 PTE General exam in English

2. Measurable

Goals need to be measurable, so you and your students can see when progress is being made. To make a goal measurable, guide students with questions such as ‘How much/many do I need to do?’ ‘How do I know when I’ve reached my goal?’

This indicator should be something visible or tangible. It could be moving up a level, getting the exam grades they need to get into university, or reading a certain amount of chapters of an English book.

Measurable goals:

  • I aim to add 10 new words to a vocabulary list every week
  • I aim to read one chapter of a book in English a week
  • I aim to complete one Level 3 PTE General practice exercise a week

3. Achievable 

A goal must be achievable. This means students must feel challenged but the goal must remain possible. To help consider if a goal is possible, look at if the student has the right resources available to them. For example, if they want to improve their listening skills at home, do they know which websites to visit and do they have a plan of action?

If passing an exam is their goal, do they have the correct preparation material to give them the best chance? If they don’t have the right resources, how can they access them?

Other questions they should ask are: ‘‘Have others in the same position done this before?’ ‘Can I realistically do it in the time frame I have?’ and ‘Am I able to commit?’ 

Achievable goals: 

  • I will learn 10 new English words a week (rather than 50)
  • I will begin by reading a graded reader in English (rather than a complete novel)
  • I will pass Level 3 PTE General (not level 5) 

4. Relevant 

The goal should be personal and relevant to the student: if it matters to them they will be more likely to accomplish it. 

Encourage students to ask questions such as, ‘Am I interested in this topic?’ and ‘Is this the right time for me to achieve my goal?’ And have them consider why it’s important to them. 

Improving situational communication skills, for example, might be relevant for a student who is about to spend a year abroad in an English speaking country. Or a child that loves stories but struggles with writing, might decide to write a story in English by the end of the first term. 

Relevant goals:

  • I struggle using a wide range of vocabulary in English so I am going to learn 10 new words each week
  • I love sports so I am going to spend 15 minutes every morning reading BBC Sport
  • It’s my dream to study abroad and therefore I am going to pass my Level 3 PTE General 

5. Timely

The final consideration when setting a goal should be the deadline. Students should consider ‘When is the start and finish date?’ and ‘When will I need to achieve this goal by?’.  

If you think of completion of the chapters of a book or practice papers as your micro-goals, they should eventually result in a finish line such as finishing the book or taking the exam. Providing time restraints is useful because it pushes for action and provides a sense of urgency. 

Timely goals:

  • I aim to take my PTE General exam in June next year
  • I will build a list of 200 new words in English in four months
  • I will finish a book in English in one month

Examples of SMART goals for learning English

Eventually your student is left with a breakdown of a goal to focus on. To make sure it is clearly defined ask them to review what they have written and write a summarising SMART goal.

Encourage them to record it as part of a bigger language learning plan and tell them to refer back to it regularly. Take a look at these examples of SMART goals to get you and your students thinking.

Broad goal – I want to improve my listening in English:

  • Specific – I will subscribe to an English podcast
  • Measurable – I aim to listen to one podcast a week 
  • Achievable –  I will download them to my phone so I can listen on the way to school
  • Relevant – I will choose a topic that interests me to keep me engaged
  • Timely – I will listen to one podcast a week for 6 weeks and then reassess 

SMART goal: I will listen to a different English podcast once a week, for six weeks, on my phone. I will listen to a range of topics that interests me, and I will listen on my way to work to build the habit. 

Broad goal – I want to move abroad 

  • Specific – I will use role plays to improve my situational conversation skills in English
  • Measurable – I will use my phone to record practice dialogues of myself and a partner speaking in English
  • Achievable – We will record one dialogue per month to give us time to meet and prepare 
  • Relevant – I will choose 12 common situations in English to base the role plays
  • Timely – I will set a deadline of one year before my plans to move abroad

SMART goal: I will record one English dialogue between me and a friend once per month on my phone. I aim to have a collection of ten situational dialogues such as going to the doctor, or going to the bank, that I can then refer back to before moving abroad. 

A SMART goal for teachers

Broad goal – I would like my young learners to feel motivated in English

SMART goal: I will prepare my class of young learners for the PTE Young Learners exam and will measure their progress with practice papers. I will use textbooks and my own material to help prepare them with the aim of taking the exam in June next year. 

Next steps

When goals are SMART they are much more focused, easily tracked, important to the student and therefore more likely to be accomplished. 

When you return back to school, why not consider creating goals for yourself and help your students create their own goals?

Find out more information on SMART goals and take a look at the benefits of goal setting in education.

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Can i get to B2 in French in exactly 1 year (I am A2~)

Background info:

I am a Native Dutch speaker, fluent or near fluent english speaker, in the middle of B1-B2 german speaker and a A2 french speaker.

I was thinking the best way to about this was to continue with studying vocab obviously, but also starting to read books at my level, watch movies with subtitles (later to french subs, then without) and speaking in my class? Do you agree?

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Those of you who improved your language ability by watching TV, what exactly was your studying process?

Hi all!

I've heard from many people that immersing themselves in media provided a noticeable boost in general ability in their target language. However, whenever I watch media in my target language I'm not sure what the general learning process should be like, and I don't feel like I get much out of the experience.

I'm starting to wonder if maybe I am just more receptive to other styles of learning (specifically visual and kinesthetic rather than auditory), because when I visited the country in which my target language is spoken, I learned so much even in just 2-3 weeks by interacting with locals via body language and limited knowledge of vocab and grammar.

So I'd like to ask you: - how did you use media as a way to study? what did you focus on? - for how long? - what materials did you use to create immersion? - in what ways did your ability improve as a result? were there noticeable differences compared to before?

Thank you!

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Is learning multiple languages still going to be worth it in the future?

Being able to communicate with different people has always been a major advantage whether in a business setting or as a tourist, but as technology advances I can't help but think: is language learning and knowing more than two languages going to be as beneficial in the future?

In 2019 we have Google Translate, and even though it might give you some silly results every now and then, it is surprisingly powerful and with the development of technology it's going to become more and more fluent. One day it might reach a point where you can't tell whether a post you're reading has been done by someone who speaks the language or someone just using a translation software.

That's not all: companies have started developing earbuds that translate languages you hear in real time.

What do you think? Is language learning still going to be worth it in the future?

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Is it possible to learn Latin in a year and a half

If so how?

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Hey I was wondering if anyone is up to create a Duolingo course for Old English for English speakers. I will also cross post it to r/Duolingo. IDK any of it though.

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Learning tip from Lingodeer: Hang yourself

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Hi everyone! Can you help me plz

Hi I want some friends who i can speaking to them to improve my E Because I’m bad with grammar and speaking So who wants to help me plz!

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Best approach to learn Russian for me?

I’ve completed one year of learning Russian at my high school recently, and I’ve got a pretty good grasp of the language. I can read, write, I know a good bit of vocab, and I have a handle on many of the grammar concepts (most of the types of Cases). I think I’m probably around a lower A2. Before I start my Advanced Russian course this year I want to get a head start so I do well. Currently using Duolingo but it seems a little easy, I’ve completed around 15 skills. I know this isn’t quite the best approach so I’m open to some advice.

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About the IPA

Does learning the international phonetical alphabet helps you in any way in the process of learning languages?

I noticed a lot of dictionaries in french and english use it to show the correct pronunciation of certain words, but i.e. if I wanted to learn japanese or swahili, could the IPA help me to get a headstart in basic pronunciation or adapting to the foreign alphabet?

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Anyone here knows anything about the Awarak , Caribe, Yanomamo or other Venezuelan Native Languages?

Need help translating fairly accurately some modern and not so modern english/spanish words into one or more of these languages.

Any help will be appreciated! :)

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Private lessons on Skype (When the lesson starts)

Hi! I have a question for those of you who have taken/are taking private language lessons on Skype.

What is your preferred way for the tutor to start the lesson?

1- When it's time for the lesson to start, they call you.

2- They send you a message first, asking if you're ready, and after you say "yes", they call you.

3- They send you a message telling you that you can call them whenever you're ready. So, you're the one calling the tutor, not them calling you.

The reason I'm asking is because I'm a private French tutor who has mostly been doing #1, but I'm now worrying that it's perhaps a little stressful and startling for some students. So, I'm thinking that either #2 or #3 are better options. What do you personally prefer? Or do you think that it doesn't really matter?

Thanks in advance for your replies!

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Any Italian podcasts?

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How I learned to read music by "sipping"

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I'm having a ton of difficulties with reading. What do I do?

So, I've been learning German for around 3 years now and can converse in it (mostly). I had never read a book in German before, so I wanted to give it a try. I had tried to read Harry Potter in the past, but that proved too challenging. My friend recommended Emil and the Detectives, so I downloaded a pdf and tried to get to work. However, although I knew I'd be encountering unfamiliar words, I was surprised by how many I didn't know. Eventually I got to the point where even with a translator I just couldn't understand, and to be frank, I actually broke down and started crying (thank anxiety). The worst part is that online it said most of the vocab was A2, so if I wasn't understanding that, I felt that my German must be way, way worse than I thought. I tried again tonight but after struggling through a couple pages I just gave up and now I feel dumb. I know it might be best to just power through and learn on the way, but I may not be able to handle that mentally. What should I do? Am I just bad?

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Which software is the best?

So i’m planning to go to europe next year and I’d love to learn french so i don’t feel like a big idiot when i get there. I’ve read through the resource page but it just kind of gives overviews of each one. I’ve seen pimsleur, assimil, fluenz, and rocket, but I’m not sure which is the best one. i’d really appreciate any guidance you guys could give me.

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Does anyone else wish they could learn 2 languages at once?

I get that it's technically possible but most people don't have enough time/motivation to do that (including me).

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Sindhi Resources

I've been looking around Reddit and many websites for Sindhi resources (and have looked for many posts requesting resources), but I have not found anything substantial. I am looking for something free (website, app, etc.) that I can use and be able to share with others who are also interested with the language.

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Ordered assimil Chinese with ease volume 1, but it didn’t come with any audio.

Could anyone provide me with some links for the audio for the lessons please? I want to try and complete the book by the end of the year.

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Need help

(Ireland) Recently started to learn german as its always been a language I've wanted to learn and would have prefered to learn it over french but unfortunately me school didn't offer it. I'm going to learn as much as I can during Transition Year ( A gap year in Ireland with a lesser academic focus but more of a career deciding focus in before the Leaving certificate (College deiciding exam).

Recently have been acquainted with the cefr while learning german. It is not used in Irish schools, so I decided to test my french and consistantly got A0/beginner level. I have done french for 3 years in school and in the junior certificate I'm hoping to recieve an A if not definitely a B I got 79% in my pre-exam but I am capiable of much more. I understood the majority of the french on the tests but they were often orientated on prepositions/ link words e.g que et qui. For the junior certificate you must do a listening exam comprehensive texts and then write a simple letter + postcard.

TL:Dr/last paragraph: Can someone please tell me a way of improving my grammar so I can use the good portion of french I have to obtain an accurate CEFR score after getting AO?

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Are czech/polish worth it

I am a native Bulgarian speaker. I was wondering whether Czech and Polish are good choices because I love languages and I want to translate for a living.

I have an option in a University to study Czech and Polish simultaneously.

They're both considered "rare languages" therefore will be paid better. Also, I love slavic languages and it will be an interesting journey.

Compared to German/French, are they the better choice career-wise?

My English level is C2 and I am studying Spanish at the moment. So, those 2 will be great additions (I reckon).

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