How To Learn A Language

Product Overview


Part One: Helping Yourself

Explore Your

Strengths and


This chapter does just that: it outlines good practice in all aspects of language learning, and asks you to review these so that you build up a picture of your individual strengths and weaknesses. You are then shown how to construct an action plan to deal with any areas of concern.

Manage Your


How motivated are you to learn a foreign language? Here we look at motivational issues such as target setting, building up self-confidence, approaching difficulties positively, and enjoying your learning. Effective communication techniques are outlined, and advice is given on how best to review and reward your own progress.
Improve Your
Here you learn how to make the most of your time in the classroom. Practical advice is given covering pre-class preparation, anticipation of what the teacher will be doing, how best to participate, questioning strategies and after-class reviews.

 Organise Your


The practical organisational skills and techniques needed to learn a language are described. Extensive guidance is given on the following areas: forward planning, time management, presentation of work and storage of resources.

Part Two: Practice Makes Perfect


We look at the different types of listening you will come across when learning a language, and show you how to improve your listening skills. Ways of practising your listening and improving your overall performance are described in detail.


The various forms of speaking tasks you will encounter as a language learner are listed. You are then taught a range of strategies for dealing with them. The chapter concludes with advice on how speaking skills can be actively developed and practised.


This chapter describes the wide range of text types and reading comprehension exercises tackled by language students. Effective reading techniques are described in detail, and suggestions are given for improving and consolidating your reading skills.


A detailed review of the different types of writing task students are required to tackle is followed by a step by step guide to effective writing. This covers drafting, reviewing and checking techniques, as well as advice on how best to practise these skills.

Part Three: Going It Alone

 Using Your


Using your textbook effectively is a vital skill in language learning. Reading this chapter will give you a better idea of the form and layout of the average textbook, and will show you how you can actively exploit the wide range of features and resources contained within.

Using a


Advice is given on choosing a dictionary. The basic features common to all dictionaries are described in detail, and explanations are given on how to access them. Guidance is given on how to acquire and practise advanced dictionary skills.



This chapter begins by looking at two areas: the different types of foreign language homework set by teachers, and the issues that arise when students are doing it. You’ll also receive practical advice on making sure that homework assignments are completed as well as possible.



Information is given about how best to prepare for foreign language examinations. Revision techniques are looked at in detail, along with strategies for maximizing your performance during the actual examination.

Part Four: Living the Language



The chapter offers practical advice on all aspects of using computers to support foreign language learning. Useful information is provided on word processing, language-learning software, Internet-based resources and e-mail.

Sound and


Information is given about the wide range of audiovisual language-learning resources now available on television, DVD, radio, CD and MP3, along with suggestions as to how best to use them.



The roles of those individuals who can help you with your language learning are described: teachers, fellow students, friends, family members, language assistants and tutors. Guidance is given on how to establish effective working relationships with these people.



All the important aspects of learning a language in the foreign country are covered here: the advantages for you, the student, the types of stay available, and advice and strategies on how to make the most of your time spent abroad.