Apparently, exposure to the sound of the language is critical when learning a foreign language. Of course going abroad and living fully immersed in the language and culture of the place is super-effective and can speed up the learning process for …survival reasons! Anyway, talking to and listening to the language spoken by native speakers can work as a booster, in particular in a context where assessment is left out of the door…and students feel free to express themselves and are willing to say something.
According to a study carried out by Dr Sulzberger at Victoria University, New Zealand, the best way to learn a language is through frequent exposure to its sound patterns.His main hypothesis is that listening to a new language shapes the structures in the brain which will make us learn the words.
Believe it or not but, listening to people talking and watching videos in English can make the difference and improve your English, especially if supported by some curiosity and a pinch of motivation!
It definitely will not work forcing students to learn a foreign language, nor filling them up with homework. The main road to success, whatever it may be, is motivation. There are hundreds of teachers who can testify it: old teaching recipes do not work with the iGeneration!
With this in mind, our school has started a project to support students preparing for their final exam. Thanks to the precious and qualified help of Peter David Medley, students are deepening their knowledge of four main topics (Fair Trade, Marketing, European Union and Human rights) through video watching, cooperative learning and interactive lessons. Oh yes…. and having fun while learning!
To help students Peter has prepared a lot of engaging materials that can be found in his blog: