Strategies to help students in learning foreign languages

People often wonder how to get interest to learn foreign languages, but with modern technology, even that is no longer a worry. We live in an age where commerce has made the world accessible from our palms. This has also meant that professionals of all ages from various geographies are mingling and for proper communication to happen, a language is necessary. Thus, there arose the need to learn languages which are not native or indigenous to the respective learners. There are a number of online tools and smart phone applications which make learning languages fun.

There are a number of foreign language learning strategies which can be employed to learn new languages of foreign origin as follows :
  • One can go to websites such as live mocha and Busuu, which serve as veritable sources for learning languages online. They can provide comprehensive learning lessons. While the repetition of everything may not be suitable for one and all. It is something suitable for many. However, the chat rooms or community forums accessible through these websites turn out be great sources for direct interactions with native speakers of target languages.
  • Students with the intentions of learning foreign languages often face difficulties which arise due to residual or current problems with the learning done in native languages. This issue can be solved by applying strategies for language education, such as directly addressing issues in morphology, phonology, semantics and syntax. Further, one must make efforts to work on difficulties pertaining to verbal memory.
  • The student should choose a language which is grammatically not a very challenging proposition to begin with. Often students choose based on grammar, but end up hating the process. Thus, it would be better if they chose a language which was not totally counter intuitive to their present language in grammar and understanding.
  • Students would be well advised to use past positive experiences in building up a sound base when embarking on learning new languages. They would be better off first analyzing their own weaknesses and strengths and then synchronizing them with the new language.
  • The new language education strategy should be based on selecting a well suited course with an appropriate curriculum. A student should check for whether the course will provide focused training in the language on syntactical and phonological aspects.
  • The approach to foreign language for students is best when accessed through auditory, visual and kinesthetic (where both verbal as well as nonverbal communication is used) inputs.
  • Students should also skim over the chapters given in the course material and work out a proper study and review program.
  • When learning foreign languages students should ask their tutors for manuals which aid self instruction, instruction through computers, audio tapes for better self paced growth in the acquisition of a new language.
  • Students should also inquire instructors for directions and guidance on redundancies and patterns in a foreign language. This involves pointing out the derivatives, which are not as familiar for root words which are used often.

Foreign language learning can be very interesting, but not very expensive. There are many online sources which provide free resources. However, it is preferable to go for a proper course.


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