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Language Learning Troubleshooter
 
by Carol J. Orwig
 

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Summary

This book gives advice on how to identify and solve your language learning problem areas. There are two ways to approach your problem areas: by identifying the problem or by describing how you feel about it. You then are given some suggestions that may help solve your problem. This information can help get you past obstacles that may have stalled your language learning and help to get you back on track.

Start here to troubleshoot

Project rate of language learning progress

Progress charts based on FSI data
Progress chart for group 1 languages
Progress chart for group 2 languages
Progress chart for group 3 languages
Progress chart for group 4 languages
Progress chart for low aptitude learners
Progress chart for average aptitude learners
Progress chart for high aptitude learners
Compare progress against the FSI data
Project time to reach goals
Project time to reach goals after level 1

Meaningful exposure to the language

Comprehensible input
Usually lost in formal study sessions
Generally follow what is going on in formal study sessions
Understand almost everything in formal study sessions
Usually bored during formal study sessions
Understand almost nothing when native speakers talk together
Understand some when native speakers talk together
Understand most of what native speakers say to each other
Reading material is needed
Your reading material is too difficult
Good level of reading material difficulty
Reading material may be too simple
Unable to follow radio and TV dialog
Limited ability to follow radio and TV dialog
Able to follow radio and TV dialog
Easily able to follow radio and TV dialog
Infrequently using the language with the resource person
Frequently using the language with the resource person
Conversations with native speakers
Hard to converse
Able to converse
Exposure to authentic communication situations
Limited access to language community
Authentic communication is essential
Possible causes for limited exposure
Contact strategies when people don't seem friendly
Places to observe native speakers interacting
Contact strategies for families

Emotional blocks to language learning

Mind goes blank
Embarrassment
Reluctance to use target language
Hate making mistakes
Feeling foolish
Dealing with derision
Fear of being misunderstood
Teacher critical or derisive
Criticism or hostility

Mismatch between learning style and learning situation

Learning in a classroom setting
Independent study
Your own language learning program

Lack of encouragement and accountability

Share with fellow learners
Use a standard or scale
Be accountable for progress
Setting and meeting specific goals

Lack of motivation

Not convinced of importance
Get negative reinforcement

Lack of plan

Common feelings in language learning

Developmental process
Possible problem areas

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