I bet you don’t remember struggling to learn your native language, do you? 😉
Most likely you picked up the sounds and words and chunks from just being exposed to the language and from the fact that you had opportunities to use it. Whenever children have the chance to communicate, they do. The wonderful thing about being a child learning a language is that the will to communicate is stronger than any possible setback. A kid will never feel embarrassed if they make a mistake or if their sentences are not perfect. Kids will explore language just like they explore the whole world around them.
Then, we grow up and decide to learn other languages. The task seems so daunting at times we feel discouraged because we believe our time to learn is over. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Of course, children learn faster; not only their brains are more equipped for the task (there’s more storage room in their brains, let’s put it this way) but also they have no fear of failure. But it is fair to say that adults are also likely to be successful in their learning journeys.
Wouldn’t it be amazing to start a language learning journey with the absolute understanding that you’re about to be successful?
Did you know that some adults do experience that?
No magic tricks, no miraculous gadgets or methods.
The secret to a successful language learning journey will be here – on the Vertices blog – next Tuesday afternoon.
Hope to see you soon.
PS: If you’re an ELT professional in Toronto and would like to know more about language coaching and learner autonomy, please come join us at The Disruptive Education Conference at the CSI – Annex (Center for Social Innovation) on April 6th and 7th.