Assisting Language Students to Learn Foreign Languages
May 09, 2017
Some language students learn a foreign language easily, while others
have to struggle to understand even just the gist, let alone the nuances
of the foreign language. Although learning a foreign language is not
supposed to be easy, learning a language should be challenging and yet
encouraging at the same time.
Today, the study of another
language is often a requirement both in high school and at universities
or colleges. However, students don’t usually learn a foreign
effectively, and sometimes, them learning a language is just taken for
Experts believe that most students who have difficulty
in learning a foreign language are those who have experienced difficulty
in reading and spelling in their native language during their early
life in school.
But, how can language teachers and schools assist language students to learn a foreign language more easily?
that have difficulties in language systems, whether in writing,
reading, speaking, or listening, may experience problems learning a
foreign language in school. Language problems can vary substantially
from moderate to severe, and students who experience the most problems
in all the language systems may be classified by the school as having
language learning disabilities or dyslexia.
So, which instructional methods are helpful in teaching students?
with learning disabilities should determine which foreign language
would be their best choice or which language they will be comfortable
learning and practising. It is important as well that administrators and
language teachers should use different tools and techniques in teaching
students, to make the class discussion interesting and convincing.
Effective language teaching strategies involve using technology, media,
or visual and auditory aids; these are beneficial in order to enhance
the memory, hearing, seeing, and knowledge of students.
challenge for students is to find the appropriate learning environment.
This is because some students need extra time to learn a foreign
language, at a slower pace and special attention. Hence, it is necessary
that students should be given a real chance, and they should be away
from distractions in order for them to absorb all the essential concepts
of a foreign language.
Learning a foreign language doesn’t only
need some visual or audio strategies, but it requires a lot of
extensive practice to be able to enhance their ability to speak, write,
listen and understand the culture of a foreign language. Languages are
not always easy to learn, it requires a long process. Thus, whatever
reasons a student has for taking up a foreign language course, they
should be encouraged to study early in their school years rather than
later on in their adulthood.
Charlene Lacandazo works for a leading translation and interpreting company called
. The company specialises in technical and scientific translations