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  • Language Learning Strategies November 1, 2007
  • Today’s goals…
    • Goals and HW (2:00-2:05)
    • Warm-up (2:05 – 2:10)
    • Language Learning Inventory (2:10 – 2:30)
    • Motivation – temperature activity (2:30 – 2:40)
    • Listening Strategies (2:40 – 2:50)
    • Vocabulary (2:50 – 3:15)
  • Homework for next time…
    • SA pp. 173-201 (Review)
    • Complete the profile “ Identifying the Characteristics, Strategies & Techniques of Successful Language Learners”
  • Warm-up: Do you speak English?
    • Write an equivalent US English sentence for each of the following:
      • Ben had been watching the telly since half five and was starting to feel a bit peckish.
      • Evan is in a nark. He thought he was going to get a pay rise at work, but instead he was made redundant.
      • When Alex moved to London, all he could afford was a bedsit.
  • Language Strategy Use Inventory
    • Look at your results from the LSUI -- SA pp. 21-28
    • Go to the board and write down one strategy that you use and one that doesn’t work for you in each category
  • What is your motivation for language learning?
    • Discuss in small groups:
      • How good do you perceive yourself to be at learning languages in general?
      • How much do you like a particular language?
      • What is your affinity toward the people who speak that language?
      • Describe your experiences (positive and negative) as a language learner.
      • Describe your language teacher(s).
      • On a scale of 1 (extremely) – 10 (not at all), how do you characterize your motivation for language learning?
  • Taking your Motivational Temperature on a language task
    • SA pp. 170-172
    • Take Your motivational temperature
    • Think about your results….how might you increase your motivation?
    • Remember that motivation is not constant but fluctuates.
    • Motivation won’t guarantee success at language learning but it may help you with your language learning!
  • Listening & Vocabulary Learning
    • What activities could you do to improve your listening and vocabulary skills before you visit another country?
    • With a partner come up with a list of 5 activities for each skill.
  • Listening
    • What activities could you do to improve your listening skills before you visit another country?
      • Listen to the radio on the Internet
      • Watch foreign films
      • Find music CDs or download music from iTunes
      • Find a conversation group
      • Subscribe to podcasts
    Vocab
    • What activities could you do to improve your vocabulary skills before you visit another country?
      • List of high frequency words
      • Purchase flash cards
      • Hang out with NS
      • Learn 10 new words a day
      • Read online
      • Prepare possible conversation in advance
  • Strategies to Become a Better Listening
    • On the transparency you see different strategies….which ones have you used? Which ones might be most and least effective for you?
  • How do you learn vocabulary?
    • Learning Aymara Vocabulary (Activity) which spoken in parts of Bolivia and Peru
    • 5 minutes to learn 10 words!
  • How do you learn vocabulary?
    • Learning Aymara Vocabulary (Activity) which spoken in parts of Bolivia and Peru
    • Think about how you learned each word – did you use the strategies you mentioned or thought of earlier? Did they work for you?
  • How do you learn vocabulary?
    • Together look at some of the association techniques on the handout
    • Aymara exercise, part II (association techniques)