How to choose your language Resources?

 

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Choosing resources to learn a foreign language can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. The first thing you need to realize is that everyone learns differently. Some people learn better by sitting in class and others by practicing flashcards. So how know which resources to use? The following are steps to help you figure that out.

 

  1. Determine your level

Knowing whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advance level    will help in selecting your resources. If you don’t know what level you are at there are websites where you can test yourself.

  1. Set your goals

Decide which areas you want to improve, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary, or grammar. Do you want to be able to ask directions or do you want to understand a telenovela? When setting your goals remember to make them specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely – SMART GOALS.

 

  1. Research Possible Resources

Research possible resources by reading reviews, articles and blogs. Find out what works for other language learners. Don’t forget to ask people on Facebook or on language forums.

  1. Determine your favorite learning style

Do you prefer to sit in class and have guided instruction or do you prefer to study on your own? Do you prefer to watch videos or listen to music? Do you prefer to translate or study flashcards? There are many styles of learning and resources to match them. In order to select the best resources you need to know how you want to learn.

 

  1. Matching resources to your goals

Now that you have set your goals, done your research, and determined your learning style it is now time to match your resources to your goals.

 

RESOURCES FOR WRITING

Lang-8.com – practice your writing and have a native speaker correct it.

Duolingo.com – translate articles.

 

RESOURCES FOR LISTENING

Rhinospike- listen to recordings done by native speakers of texts that you upload.

Podcasts in the language you want to learn.

 

 

RESOURCES FOR SPEAKING

Italki.com –Site where you can find language exchange partners

Verbling.com – website that uses a conversation style known as chat roulette, where you are connected completely randomly to a stranger and can start to video or chat to them.

 

RESOURCES FOR READING

Readlang.com- allows you to read articles, books or any other online texts by allowing you to pull up a dictionary by clicking on a word or phrase.

RESOURCES FOR GRAMMAR

yourdictionary.com/grammars.html – Links to a wide range of online grammar resources and language courses.

vocabulix.com – vocabulary and conjugation trainers for English, German and Spanish
RESOURCES FOR VOCABULARY

Quizlet.com- A site where you can make your own flashcards or use other people’s cards.

 

Anki.com- Flashcard program

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