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As a student, it is important to know that even if the teacher can give you a lot of information in the classroom, the time when you really learn is when you sit and study alone outside of class. More than anything, when learning a language the best way to learn is to speak - speak, speak, speak! We will try to create as many opportunities as we can for you to practice your language both inside and outside the classroom but you also must try to use every possible chance to speak and use the new language.
LC Rules of Language Learning
Believe in yourself
Language is all about confidence. If you want to be able to communicate in a foreign language, you have to practice and so you must take every opportunity available to use your language in speaking to others. Don't be scared to say something wrong or not have the exact words - just go for it!
Unfortunately, for most of us, language does not simply enter our heads and stay there. Even if you are in the country and hearing the language every day, it does not mean you will automatically learn. You must open your eyes, your ears, engage with the people in the environment around you and of course study hard, not just in class but outside too.
If you feel like you aren't making progress, think back to the days when you knew nothing and compare it to what you know now. For sure, you will realise that you have already come a long way. Also, at higher levels, it is often more difficult to recognise progress because it does tend to slow down but this does not mean that you are not still learning.
It takes time to learn a language - even our own native language we are still learning every day! Pressure can create stress and the memory does not work effectively under stress so try to relax a little and allow yourself time.
Deciding to learn a language for whatever reason (school, work, self-satisfaction) is a great decision and one that involves opening your mind to a new culture, way of thinking, alphabet, sentence structure, grammar, literature and more. This no small task and many people do not even attempt it - so, you are already the better person for trying!
If you can read this, it means you have perhaps already learned a new alphabet, spent hours studying grammar and learning new vocabulary and trying to understand foreign people when they talk. You have made that effort and you have achieved success! Well done!
LC Rules of Self-Study
Every weekend (on Sundays), you should write a record of your week. You could write about:
- At school - What did you learn? What did you find difficult? What did you and did you not enjoy?
- At home - Were you happy? Why or why not? What did you do?
- Outside - Where did you go? What did you see? What surprised or interested you? Who did you speak to? What did you learn?
This diary can be corrected on Mondays. It is a nice way for you to keep a record of your time in England and also for your teachers to understand how you are doing here, not to mention a great way to practice your writing.
Learning Action Plan
Part and full-time students will be asked to complete a learning action plan. This will include a list of areas the individual student would like to focus on and a matching list of exercises to be completed. Try to complete at least one or two tasks per week and keep these in your file.
Revise new vocabulary and grammar
In class you should have a separate small notebook for your vocabulary. Try to revise the new words each day - on the bus, on the way to school, before you go to bed. Remember that you need to be exposed to a new word on many occasions before you might be able to remember it and use it. Also, revise your notes on new grammar points on a daily basis.
Student learning file and links
At school there are a number of books to study from and also a file with a variety of exercises to practice your language skills. Try also the websites provided on the links page.
Read, watch and listen
In the school there are a great deals of books, magazines and DVDs that you can borrow. If you are lucky enough to have a TV in your home, the TV can be a great way to learn more about the culture of the country as well as the local accents. Music is also a wonderful way to learn new words and phrases and people often find it easier to remember song lyrics than singular words in a vocabulary book.