1- Selecting educational resources
Choosing educational resources is far more important than you think. Many learners can not achieve their goal only due to improper selection of educational resources. Unfortunately, in the language teaching market in Iran, there is no proper information about resource selection methods. To choose a good training resource, you should pay attention to the following points:
Level of training: It is very important what level of training a resource is prepared for. If you are a beginner, do not use resources designed for advanced levels (such as Book 504, TOEFL and IELTS test books, etc.). When choosing a textbook, you must consider the level at which it is written, just because a book designed to teach a language is by no means sufficient. If your textbook is higher than your current level, you will probably get bored, confused and frustrated quickly.
Skills: Language textbooks usually focus specifically on one or more language skills. When choosing a source, you need to know which of the four reading, writing, speaking, or listening skills your book focuses on, or which one focuses on basic vocabulary or grammar skills. If your book or software does not cover all of these skills, use another resource to cover the full range of skills.
Self-learning resource: Not all language learning resources are self-learning. Some of these resources are designed for language teaching in the classroom. These resources are not suitable for someone who wants to learn the language at home because parts of it are designed in a way that requires a teacher to learn. In choosing educational resources, pay attention to their self-learning and try not to use the textbooks of the classes for self-learning.
Source credibility: You should know that not all educational resources are of the same quality. Some books or educational software are of lower quality than others. This quality is measured by the appropriate order and coverage of the resource in relation to what it teaches. When choosing resources, it is not bad if you ask the opinion of other users and language teachers about it.
Scheduling for learning a language is the second basic principle in learning. You should try to set specific times for learning and stick to them. If you are serious about learning a new language, you will need at least half an hour to an hour a day to learn. Try not to spend all the time allotted on new learning, but spend half of it reviewing past material. This way you will be less tired and your learning productivity will be much higher.
The best way to schedule is to use your pert hours. Use this time to learn if you use public transportation during the day, or have to wait at certain times due to work and study. The best way is to always have a small book or training software with you so that you can quickly access educational resources.
Continuity is the third important principle for language self-learning. Learning a new language is like moving on a slippery slope. If you do not move forward, you will inevitably go backwards. You have to try to be consistent in your learning. Because the process of learning a language is a long process and takes at least 1 year, continuity in learning is very important.
To maintain continuity, you should try to maintain your hope. To keep hope high, we recommend paying attention to the following points:
Learning a language is a once and for all skill! Once in a lifetime you can learn a language to an advanced level, this skill will stay with you for the rest of your life and you can use it.
Language learning is the opposite of computer games. This means that the further you go, the easier it becomes to learn. After reaching intermediate level, you can continue learning by watching movies, reading books and listening to music, which makes learning much easier. In the early stages, things seem more difficult due to unfamiliarity with the principles of the new language.
Learning a language is a golden skill. Especially in the case of English, learning a language is a skill that can help you in all areas of life. Through this learning you can progress in your job, have better entertainment and access to countless scientific resources.
Learning a language enhances your social status. Social status is not only enhanced by a college degree or an expensive car. Having golden skills such as language, art and… can also enhance your social status.
4- Use and application
Learning without using a skill leads to its destruction. In the process of learning a language, you should try to use its skills in everyday life as much as possible. This becomes easier as your learning level increases. Three best ways to use your language skills are:
Books: Leveled storybooks are plentiful for learning new languages. By preparing these books, you can use the skills you have learned in the field of words and grammar. Especially if you are a beginner, be sure to take a look at the text before buying the book and make sure the level is right for you.
Movies and cartoons: Using movies and cartoons to learn a language is very effective. If you are at the beginner level, watching cartoons is recommended for you because according to the target group of cartoons (