6 WAYS TO LEARN FOREIGN LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION FASTER
6 WAYS TO LEARN FOREIGN LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION FASTER With your decision to pursue higher education overseas comes several new challenges. One of such possible challenges is learning a foreign language. If the language of your host country is foreign to you, then you know you’ve got some work to do.
Furthermore, if the language of instruction (in which you are taught your course) is foreign, it then becomes more imperative for you to learn the language even before you begin your program.
Learning a new language can be daunting, more so if your academic success depends on it.
There may never be abracadabra that would suddenly make you capable of understanding a new language, but there are ways that can make it easier and faster than usual. The following are a few germane suggestions.
- Start Now!
Don’t put it off until you travel or until you’re officially informed by your school. Where’s the sense in that? To wait for us to make things more difficult for you because, given the short time you’d have to gain a level of mastery, you’re likely to come under pressure. And no one under pressure learns well.
Moreover, when you eventually begin at a later time, chances are that the coaching method may not be suitable for you. On top of that, you might be engaged simultaneously in other distracting albeit important (academic) works. You don’t want that. So start now.
Most schools provide one year of preparatory class for international students whose language of instructions is foreign to them. Take this lesson seriously.
If, however, there is no such provision, do well to find a coaching class for your target language and enroll. Alternatively (and perhaps as a complement to other options), hire a personal coach. A major advantage of a professional language tutor—one that is worth his salt—is that they show you “hacks” to grasp the language faster.
- Have a Schedule
To really learn a new language within a given length of time, spaced repetition is key. You can’t afford to skip days or learn on random days.
If you really mean to have a good mastery of the language in a matter of months, then you must put in at least two hours of practice every day — the minimum.
- Get Applications
Applications like FluentU, Duolingo, and so on are almost indispensable in learning a new language. In addition to those, you should always be with a dictionary, either on your mobile device or as hardcopy, or both.
Also, practice with flashcards. These will aid your memorization. You could as well tape new words onto surfaces at conspicuous corners of your apartment.
- Immerse Yourself
Seep your mind into the language as you do to your towel into bathwater. For example:
- Watch foreign movies that have transcription
- Listen to their music
- Change your device setting to the target language
- Go into the “world” of the speakers and hear them
- Listen to news, lectures, and events in the target language
Soak yourself into it.
You might ask, “How can I speak when I can’t speak?” Well, speaking is part of learning. When you force yourself to speak the new language, you exert tremendous conditioning upon your brain to familiarise itself with the new language and assimilate it.
In the beginning, you might manage to amuse the locals who hear your attempts. But that shouldn’t be a worry to you, for, before long, they themselves will become your inspiration. So start speaking now.