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Tips For Teaching Foreign Languages

In as much as learning foreign language seems very easy to achieve with my PIDP steps mentioned in Tips For Learning Foreign Language, teaching foreign language can be a big deal to contend with. It is exactly like trying to domesticate a feral cat, however difficult it may seem, it is actually possible and easy with the right techniques. Here are some tips for teaching foreign languages in the best possible ways.

First thing a foreign language teacher needs to understand is the cultural diversity of the learner(s). As a foreign language teacher, you need to be multicultural or at least learn about the learner’s culture as well as your own culture. This knowledge will go a long way to inform your teaching.

You have to learn about learner’s lifestyle and relationships. By doing this, I bet you will not out-step your bounds. There could be some topics or terms that will be offensive to some learners but appealing to others. Knowing your learner will help you help them feel free and uncomfortable in class.

You need to learn to understand your learner’s needs. Why is he learning the language? Is she obliged to learn it or at will? What is the focus of your learner? You don’t want to go about teaching agricultural terms to an accountant. That would be a blatant waste of information and time. Knowing his/her needs will help you customize the lesson.

Use multicultural examples and materials to foster cross-cultural understanding. The use of literature that are deeply rooted in the honor of the learner’s culture is a gesture that gives your learner a sense of belonging, hence aids better understanding.

Finally, you have to be attentive to the learner’s reactions towards your teaching strategies and be willing to adjust as quickly as possible to set a comfortable learning environment for all.

In conclusion, the fact I get to understand is that we are all learners irrespective of your position in the classroom, be it student or teacher. So, as a teacher,  you need to continually develop yourself, which you can do by joining and getting language materials from Montessori Helpers.

Have any of these teaching techniques worked for you in the past? Or does any of the aforementioned strategies sound familiar to you? Leave a comment as we, together, nurture the proper ways to teaching foreign languages.


Tips For Learning Foreign Languages.

Language is a structured system of communication. It is a means by which we pass information to others. Language comes in many forms- written words, signs, body gestures among others, though I am not writing as an academic ready to bore you with the classroom topic on Language but I will highlight some tips for learning foreign languages like Chinese.

We are in a time when the world is nothing but a global village with about 7000 human languages. Language could be a hindrance to touring or learning about other people and their cultures. It could also stand in the way of landing that big job/ gig.

 For instant, we are all familiar with the word “kangaroo”. If you ask me what that is, I will gladly tell you it is an animal with my head up high. But truly, the word “kangaroo” comes from an Australian Aboriginal word meaning “I don’t know”. Yea, yea, I was amazed the first time I got to learn that too. The ill-fated poor animal got that name as a result of miscommunication due to language barrier. See where the word “kangaroo” really came from.

More reason to learn foreign language, huh? You don’t want to go about with misinformation due to language barrier. In this article, I will highlight some tips for learning foreign language.

Purpose

You need a purpose to motivate you in learning that new language. Purposes can vary from person to person. You reasons for wanting to learn a new language can be for fun, for employment opportunities, making new friends, relocating to a new neighborhood or country, or planning a trip abroad. Whatever your purpose is, it should motivate you to hit the class.


 

Interest

As a learner, willing to travel to another country and make the best out of every minute spent there, or willing to expand his/her chances at opportunities to make a living, the next key is interest. You need to be interested in learning that language for you to be able to assimilate it. If you aren’t interested in eating beef, no matter how nicely grilled, baked or fried it is, you won’t enjoy the meal. So, you need to grow personal interest in learning the language.

Dedication

After interest comes dedication. With dedication, you give it all you’ve got to make sure you start speaking like a local in no time. So I repeat, it’s either you give it all you’ve got or you give it all you’ve got. There’s no two ways to go about it.

Practice

What use is the dedication without practice? Like the saying “practice makes perfection”, you need to put yourself out there with confidence and without fear of making mistakes. While you practice, you make mistakes that you learn from on your way to fluency in the language.

Irrespective of what language you want to learn, PIDP is the way to go about it. Thank you for reading. Leave a comment, if any of these tips for learning foreign languages sound true to you or has helped you in the past.

Thinking of a new language to start with? Beginners Guide To Learning Chinese will perfectly kick-start your learning adventure.

And don’t leave just yet; you might want to read my next article on the tips for teaching foreign language.