Extensive research has been done to show us the best conditions to learn languages. This research has influenced the way the best language schools teach and the way you learn.
Below are some features of how life in a classroom should be. You will see you are expected to put a lot of effort into your learning but you will also see that learning a language can also be a lot of fun and needn't be the frustrating experience many of us may associate with our schooldays!
Remember it is useful and important to speak with the other students in the class not just the teacher! The teacher is also there to guide you; not just to give you a standard model.
Making mistakes is OK, though it does depend on the objective of the activity. If communicating is the main objective, making mistakes is not so important, but mistakes need to be corrected if you want to structure your sentences correctly.
Don't be afraid to make mistakes, You do learn from your mistakes!
Submitted by Saint George International, English School in London
There is nothing impossible in language learning.
by Georgina Heredia
Get ready to know a truth that will change your view towards language learning.
Nothing is impossible
Maybe you will have to try 3, 8 or 20 times, but if you give up when you're at the 2nd, the 7th or the 19th, you'll never enjoy success. Don't see your mistakes as failures. They are opportunities for you to see what's that you're NOT suppossed to do. Keep searching.
No language is too hard to be learned.
If someone is able to speak it, even if it's half-way around the world, then it means you're able to speak it, too.
Why am I so sure?
Because you being able to read this means you've learned English, which means that your brain and the organs required for language and language learning work perfectly.
Just keep trying until you enjoy the fruits of your effort. Otherwise, You would be making something impossible out of language learning. I have shown you that everything is possible. Now go and show it to yourself.
Practice makes perfect / La práctica hace al maestro
About the author
Georgina Heredia is an enthusiastic lingusitics student who writes about making language learning [even more] fun at her spanish-speaking blog, lenguaslenguas.com.