3 Study Technique Tips for New Language Learners

Most of us are aware of the subtle differences in how each of us learns information, both in the classroom, and on the job or in the field. There are some commonalities in how memory works, for example remembering the first and last items in a list, or having an easier time digesting numbers in groups (it’s usually easier to remember 483 than 4, 8, and 3). But that being said, there are also distinct differences in our strengths and weaknesses. Some people truly do learn better listening to a lecture than reading a book, while others will get the most out of classes where slides and diagrams are used. Some of us like to organize our information in bullet point lists, while others need a single mnemonic to memorize an entire paragraph. But when it comes to language learning, study suggestions are so often the same; vocabulary flash cards in particular come to mind. Don’t get me wrong, flash cards are great, and sometimes they can turn rote memorization into a more streamlined process. But given how many different ways we all prefer to intake information, it’s not a bad idea to collect different techniques and tools. Continue reading “3 Study Technique Tips for New Language Learners”

How to Make the Most of Your College Electives

If you going into college already set on what you want to study and the degree(s) you hope to graduate with, then college electives may seem like stumbling blocks to the finish line. But they’re actually incredibly useful and can improve your overall job prospects if you approach them right; it’s not just universities trying to take an extra dollar out of your pocket. Although it can sometimes feel that way – try to make the most of your required electives! Plus, if you go into school with no idea what you want to do or what you want to study, they’re just that much more important and helpful for exploring. Continue reading “How to Make the Most of Your College Electives”

Too Old to Learn a Language? Think Again…

Have you always wanted to learn a new language but question how realistic it is since you didn’t grow up hearing and speaking the language? I had this fear in high school and college, and for many years this prevented me from taking language classes. If I had known then what I known now, I wouldn’t have hesitated… Continue reading “Too Old to Learn a Language? Think Again…”

‘Fluent in six months’?! Well, maybe. But…

In recent years societal views about multilingualism in the US seem to be shifting. In the past, children growing up in a home where a language other than English was spoken were thought to be at a disadvantage as compared to their monolingual classmates. I remember heated discussions with my own son’s elementary school teachers when they would recommend that I stop speaking to him in French; they believed the exposure to another language would hinder his acquisition of English!

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