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segunda-feira, 16 de setembro de 2013

I do have a thing or two to talk about my language learning.

I have been talking to my students about language learning for a long time. In fact, we usually do that one thing. Since I have pupils that really need to speak English fluently and are really worried about their progress in learning that language, they usually ask me questions about my own learning experience. (This semester I’m only teaching elementary level students and I do think they feel more comfortable when they get to hear something about our 'adventures' in language learning from us).

At the beginning of this year, I decided to go back school. My first idea was related to (another, if I can say that) language learning process (both learning and acquisition). I wanted to live that whole experience once again (maybe, more and more in the future), so I enrolled myself in a Spanish language course. Actually, I had decided to study a completely different language, something like German, French, or Italian.

The only problem was that the university where I enrolled in did not offer those courses anymore (in fact, it was possible to study French there, but only on Tuesday or Thursday nights, and Italian on Saturdays, but their approach didn’t seem to work well. There was too much Portuguese in the classroom). 

Having said all of above, I decided to study Spanish. Well, I have studied that language, say, a billion times, but I have never finished the whole course (because of many reasons). I started all by myself (same thing I've done with my English) and then I studied (for a while) at the university – it was mandatory. Ever since I realized I would need another language in 'my repertoire', I always took some time to study and learn a thing or two in other languages (Spanish mostly).

From now on, I will be taking some time to talk about this experience and, of course, compare it to my English learning process. I intend to show the pros and cons of this one.

I have recently seen on Scott Thornbury’s blog (Man, I love that guy) something very similar. Obviously, he has much more interesting things to say about his experience than I do, but I had planned to write about mine a long, long time  ago.

See you next Thursday.

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