Thread poster: Amikanto
Lingva Prismo (http://www.lingvo.info/?lingvo=en) is a multilingual website for and about languages. Each month we discuss different current linguistic issues in our forum "Topic of the Month" (http://www.lingvo.info/forumo/?lingvo=en) and we were wondering if anyone would be interested in contributing to our debate.
Our "Topic of the Month" for October:
The Council of Europe have designated the 26th September as the European Day of Languages. The advantages of multilingualism, the importance of lifelong learning of languages and the awareness of the existence and value of all the European languages are the key areas focused upon.
However multilingualism can only be achieved by language learning which is often lifelong. The correct teaching methods are an important requisite for effective language instruction.
Therefore our October question is:
What is required for successful language learning?
We hope to hear from you in our forum!
| | Terese Whitty
Local time: 10:15
English to Swedish
I would say that the most important thing in learning languages is immersion in the language. Spending time in the country where it is spoken, reading the language, listening to radio, music in the language, corresponding, and of course communicating.
I agree on the fact that one of the best ways is through immersion but I´m sure formal and academic study is necessary. Nowadays, there is a tendency to base the learning of a new language on fun and games all the time and at all ages. Therefore we, teachers, become kind of clowns and students themselves get confused believing learning a language is just fun and not a conscious, formal and academic experience. My best regards to you all,
Of course you can. Hope it helps!
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