by Ekaterina Stoliarova
Have you ever had a situation when you were learning a language for a long time and kept questioning yourself: “Am I making enough progress?”
First of all, it’s a very reasonable and good question to ask yourself no matter whether you are learning a language or any other new skill. Even though it’s sometimes difficult to measure how well you are doing in the language learning process, you can still analyse some steps you take towards your perfection.
Read the questions below and think of your own progress. Take your time, allow yourself room for reflection and hesitation:
Being able to analyse what you feel and how you see yourself as a language learner is an important part of any learning process. It can seem boring and useless sometimes, however, allocating just 5 minutes a day everyday and reflecting on what has been done and learnt can lead you far and significantly ease the whole process.
You can start with a “language journal,” otherwise known as a “language learning journal” is, in essence, a notebook for foreign language acquisition. A notebook dedicated to new words, forgotten words, vocabulary rules, verb conjugations, irregular verbs– you name it!
So, it’s time to get started! You’ll need:
You don’t need to have all these, you might just get away with a notebook and a pen, depending on how creative you want to be.
Step 1. Design a cover
Make it “yours”! Have your name on it and the colour you love. You might also want to think of a theme of your journal and whether you want to keep it in your language or the language you are learning.
Step 2. What is your journal for?
It can be about ab-so-lu-te-ly anything. Seriously! Write your thoughts about your progress, write down new words, draw. Here are some ideas:
Step 3. Most important! Get creative!
Tailoring the journal to your personal needs and interests is arguable the best part of the experience. Self-proclaimed foodie? Draw some of your favourite foods and see if you can translate their names into your designated language. The language notebook can become a way of adding language to what you enjoy and love.
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