Language Learning/Teaching
Thread poster: Amikanto
Amikanto
English
Oct 7, 2004

Hi all!

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!

Kind Regards,
Julia Wright


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Terese Whitty
United States
Local time: 09:54
Member (2004)
English to Swedish
Immersion Oct 7, 2004

Hi!

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.


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Silvina Morelli
English to Spanish
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formal study Oct 7, 2004

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,
Silvina.


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Amikanto
English
TOPIC STARTER
Your replies Oct 11, 2004

Thanks for your feedback.
Would it be ok with you both if i were to copy your entries into our forum, Lingva Prismo http://www.lingvo.info/forumo/?lingvo=en ?
Thanks!


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Silvina Morelli
English to Spanish
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comment Oct 12, 2004

Of course you can. Hope it helps!
Silvina.


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