Motivation is at the heart of successful language learning, and many Europeans are already motivated by the numerous personal and professional advantages to be gained from knowing another language. But it is important also to understand why many others do not currently study languages. They may regard language learning as irrelevant to their lives, too academic, too time-consuming, too boring, or they may have been put off by their experiences at school. Whatever the reason, imaginative solutions are required to overcome their reluctance to learn.
This book presents 50 examples of projects, methods and events - identified by the authors of the LINGO study - that have encouraged people either to learn a new language or to make practical use of their existing linguistic skills. The examples are drawn from across Europe, ranging in size from small local initiatives to large-scale programmes at regional, national or European level. Between them, they cover dozens of different languages and cater to all age groups, social strata and levels of ability.
What is striking about all of these examples is that they reach out to potential learners, engage them in a way that is both appealing and unthreatening and, in some cases, challenge traditional notions of how and where languages should be taught.
By making the process meaningful and enjoyable, the hope is that people will come to see the personal relevance of learning a new language.
These practices have been selected not only for their originality, but also because they are capable of being transferred to other countries or contexts. Although they represent just a small sample of the many excellent and innovative initiatives to promote language learning, it is hoped that this book will serve as a useful source of inspiration for decision-makers, educationalists, teachers and, of course, to the millions of potential language learners throughout the entire world.
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2. Motivation Written on 13/10/10 at 00:40:17 GMT by muhsinhasan
Motivation is a must for an individual to learn a foreign language. I believe that this article is also emphasizing this point very distinctively. Although the teachers have the responsibility to motivate their learners, learners must also find ways to keep motivating themselves.
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