We’ve been promising our friends at The Everyday Language Learner that we would review their Guide to Self-Assessment for a while now, so it’s about time we did. If you haven’t checked out the site, have a look at www.everydaylanguagelearner.com where you’ll find plenty of blogs to keep you motivated as a language learner.
This ebook is a rather unique product as far as language-learning material goes. It doesn’t actually teach you a language, or even how to learn a language, but rather encourages you to assess your current method of learning. On the surface, this may seem like a lot of unnecessary extra work, but you’d be surprised at how useful it can be.
Like many other subjects, your ability to speak another language is usually assessed by an exam. While this obviously provides the student and the teacher with a good idea of the progress made, it’s not the be all and end all. “Limiting assessment to tests of knowledge is a bit like a personal trainer showing up and weighing his or her client once every six months,” says Aaron Myers, who wrote the e-book. A good point and one well worth being aware of in the early stages of studying.
This e-book asks you the questions you should be asking yourself, and encourages you to grade your attitude to your language-learning as well as your ability and knowledge. This is key and can make the learning process far more enjoyable and efficient.
We’ve all had classes where we just couldn’t be bothered, preferring to think about what you were doing after the class rather than irregular verbs or the passive voice. This book helps you pinpoint what areas you are not so keen on and how to motivate yourself through them.
Teachers can also gain a lot from this book. If they are only focussing on the students’ knowledge of the language they are teaching, they may be overlooking key factors such as their interest in the class, their motivations and how best to get their attention. It also provides teachers with a useful guide to assessing where their students are academically with a useful proficiency scale.
Overall, this e-book is useful reading for anyone in the language-learning industry and takes a fresh perspective on the learning process. Download it from www.everydaylanguagelearner.com
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