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Introduction to Language Learning

Fully online SLA course for pre-field and on-field personnel

Course Overview

Introduction to Language Learning is a three-week SLA course for beginning learners who need a basic grasp of the language for daily life activities. It is ideal for those who plan to serve 1 - 3 years and those who may serve longer but do not plan for significant heart-language ministry. We suggest taking this course either before leaving home or within the first few weeks of arrival on the field.

Our goal is to equip you to become a more efficient and effective learner of your new language regardless of the learning method — attending a language school, working with a tutor, independent learning, or a combination of approaches. The time commitment is about three to four hours per day, five days per week for the three weeks. Here are some of the topics we address:

    •    understanding the language learning process
    •    strategies for becoming a better language learner
    •    working with language helpers
    •    making good audio recordings and using them effectively
    •    addressing issues such as confidence, anxiety, and motivation
    •    setting realistic goals and planning learning experiences
    •    developing listening and speaking skills, including good pronunciation
    •    learning grammar and vocabulary
    •    drawing upon multiple resources (e.g., courses, tutors, helpers, community)
    •    dealing with individual areas/issues that may slow down your learning

Most of the work is done online using Moodle and you also meet individually via Skype with an instructor two or three times each week. In addition, you may work for a few hours with a language helper who is either a native speaker of your target language or another language. (This printable pdf version of the course description gives more course details, including FAQs.)

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