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Getting More Out Of A Language Course

Aug 17, 2007
When taking a language course, most students are only interested in passing it quickly and get the final diploma, which may be required for a job or simply so that their CV will look more consistent. Still, there are some students that take these courses because they are genuinely interested in learning that particular language, or perfect some part of it if they already have a solid base. If you're such a student, then you'll want to make the most out of the course's lessons and that's exactly what the following article will focus on.

First of all, we need to understand that each course (if it has a good design and structure of course) will have gradual, linked lessons that build up like a card castle, on one another. If you miss one lesson or if you fail to understand it, it might not be that big of a trouble since it may not be one of the cards holding the main structure of the castle. If you miss two or more than you start dealing with a problem as the castle will either collapse or it will have an unsteady build from the start. That's why it's extremely important to take each lesson, or course unit, one by one and try to fully understand it before going further. If you have trouble assimilating a lesson or a particular part of it, you should ask the tutor or another student for some help and avoid letting the problem unsolved. This is especially important when you're learning the foreign language's grammar, as most grammar lessons are sequential and you might have serious trouble understanding more advanced concepts without the basics.

It's almost extremely hard to learn a foreign language from scratch by simply following such a course. A course can, at best, give you a solid foundation of that language's grammar and expand your vocabulary as well as correct pronunciation problems, but it can't guarantee you'll be a fluent speaker after you graduate it for example. This can only be achieved by studying extra hours on your own, perfecting what you've learnt at the course and filling the gaps, if any. It's also a good idea to look for different approaches on learning that language and search for concepts that are not in the course's agenda, studying them in your free time as a complement to the lessons you take. This tactic of concentrating the learning process might be a bit tiring to some, but it's definitely efficient. And if you can pull it off for a couple of weeks or whatever the length of the course is, then you can rest assure you'll have a strong grip of the new foreign language in no time.
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Michael Gabrikow has spent all his life learning languages, he knows all about language learning. http://www.InternetPolyglot.com - Find out how you and your children can expand your horizons in language learning.
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