Learning How to Learn a Language
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Learning How to Learn a Language

Powerful Tools to Conquer Any Language
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4.8 (61 ratings)
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287 students enrolled
Last updated 1/2019
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This course includes
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • You will learn how to create a language ecosystem, one that will strategically connect you to dozens of resources. Students will know how to approach language learning in a fun way that won't be intimidating.
Requirements
  • Know what language you would like to learn. With a computer, a journal, and desire, we can teach you HOW to learn a language. Learn powerful tools to gain mastery in any language. Join a community of learners that will support you.
Description

Why do people fail to learn a language? What are the secrets of those who are successful? Come on a journey with Dr. Shane Dixon and Dr. Justin Shewell as they help to explain the science behind your brain! In this online course you will learn about two major groups: those who fail, and those who succeed. By learning about the pitfalls that language learners fall into, and learning the principles upon which languages are actually learned, you will be able to create a language ecosystem that will boost your language learning power. What is a language ecosystem? It is a powerful paradigm that will help you find a community, build up language resources, and use proper techniques. By the end of the course you will have five keys to learning a language. These 5 keys will not only transform the way you think about languages, but also give you access into the world of successful language warriors everywhere. 

Who this course is for:
  • Learners of all levels who want to learn a language in a natural, immersive way. Learners who have struggled to learn languages in the past. Learners who would like to understand HOW languages are learned. People who are cool.
Course content
Expand all 40 lectures 03:27:40
+ Before You Begin
1 lecture 03:27
Here are three steps to get the most out of this course!
Three Steps to Language Learning
2 questions
+ An Active Task Approach: The Explorer
8 lectures 43:05
Let us know what language or languages you plan to conquer! Then connect with others to see what they are learning.
Poll Question
1 question
Read the complete story of Latin and Greek instructor Francois Gouin, whose journey to Germany gave him insights we'd rather you avoid (excerpted from Chapter 8 in The Language Learner Guidebook: Powerful Tools to Help You Conquer Any Language).
Reading: Unforgettable Stories, Francois Gouin
1 question
The Good Language Learner is Active: The Classroom Trap and The Gouin Effect
05:00
Learn if you suffer from the Gouin Effect by reading this short article.
Reading: Two Lies about Language Learning
1 question
Checkpoint 1
5 questions
Fundamental Metaphor: A Language Warrior EXPLORES
04:51
Micro-video 1: Connections Create Community
05:55
Micro-video 2: Community Creates Connections
05:07
Micro-video 3: The Ecosystem
05:41
Find resources to immediately jumpstart your language learning!
Find Resources Now!
1 question
Micro-video 4: The Ticket Principle
03:37

Test your knowledge.

Checkpoint 2
4 questions
Have you heard of an elevator speech? It is a clear, brief message that explains who you are and what you’re looking for. It is less than a minute long, or about the time it takes people to ride an elevator. We challenge you to write and record an “elevator speech” for language learning.
The Chat It Up Challenge (What, Already?)
2 questions
The full story of Francois!
Reading: The Art of Teaching and Studying Languages, by Francois Gouin
1 question
Frequently asked questions.
Optional Reading: Frequently Asked Questions
1 question
Congratulations! You completed the module. Now get the digital badge and share your success!
You've Earned a Badge!
2 questions
+ Language Learner Awareness: The Scientist
8 lectures 38:34
Reverse Quiz: Take this quiz before you study the reading!
3 questions
Entering Innerspace
06:49
Checkpoint Quiz: Take the quiz again now that you have watched the last video!
3 questions
Fundamental Metaphor: A Language Warrior is a SCIENTIST
02:50
Micro-video 1: Monitoring: Taking Mental Notes and Seeing Your Progress
05:03
Micro-video 2: Journaling and Summarizing
05:29
Micro-video 3: Think Alouds: Examining the Cavern of Your
04:49
Micro-video 4: Soliciting Feedback: Awareness Comes in Pairs
04:19

Consider research found in three distinct fields and see if you can apply what the research suggests to language study.

Checkpoint Variant 1
3 questions

You have learned about monitoring (taking mental notes), journaling and summarizing, think alouds, and soliciting feedback.  Now answer the following questions:   

Checkpoint Variant 2
5 questions
The cheat card method is a way of preparing for a future conversation. In essence, you are imagining about a conversational thread you think you will have. A cheat card gives you words, phrases, or ideas to help you answer someone’s questions such that you won’t feel too put off or too nervous.
Meet Your Community: The Cheat Card Method
1 question
Congratulations! You completed the module. Now get the digital badge and share your success!
You've Earned a Badge!
1 question
+ Language Learner Flexibility: The Sensei
7 lectures 36:19
What Do Professional Linguists Think of Rosetta Stone and Duolingo?
05:32
Use Strategies Flexibly: A Language Warrior BENDS
03:46
Read about Three Language Warriors Who Took a Wrong Step
Three Young Women
1 question

Answer the following questions to test your knowledge!

Checkpoint
3 questions
The Grasshopper Meets the Sensei
03:37
Micro-video 1: Recombination and Chunking: Language is Legos
05:54
Micro-video 2: Your Special Secret Talent: Eva's Story
05:42
Micro-video 3: Culling for Answers and Resources
04:16
Micro-video 4: Hedging and Repairing
07:32

Answer the following questions to test your knowledge!

Checkpoint
5 questions
This assignment will invite you to do three things: first, you will find phrases for hedging and repairing. Second, you will introduce yourself in more than one way, and then finally, you will share your secret talent!
Meet Your Community: Share Your Special Secret Talent
3 questions
Congratulations! You completed the module. Now get the digital badge and share your success!
You've Earned a Badge!
1 question
+ Focus on Form: The Scholar
9 lectures 49:22
Just a small note for those who wish to move quickly
Small Note for Native English Speakers and You On-the-move Humans
1 question
Focus
06:58
Focus on Form
04:36
Fossilization
06:30

Answer the following questions to test your knowledge!

Checkpoint
5 questions
Language Warriors Must Be Scholars
04:22
Micro-video 1: The Pomodoro
05:32
MIcro-video 2: Pomodoro Continued
05:23
Micro-video 3: Selective Attention, Deep Practice, and Chunking
06:16
Micro-video 4: Deep Practice Continued
03:47
Micro-video 5: Mastery Learning
05:58

Answer the following questions to test your knowledge!

Checkpoint
5 questions
In this assignment, you will practice a Pomodoro.  Then you will report how successful you were by posting a small video.
Meet Your Community: Pomodoro
3 questions
Congratulations! You completed the module. Now get the digital badge and share your success!
You've Earned a Badge!
1 question
+ Focus on Meaning: The Friend
7 lectures 36:53
Focus on Meaning
06:35
Our Five Metaphors
03:31

Answer the following questions to test your knowledge!

Checkpoint
4 questions
Micro-video 1: A Desperate Need
05:01
Micro-video 2: A Negotiation of Meaning
08:20
Micro-video 3: Let the Field Lie Fallow
07:08
Micro-video 4: The Language Map
01:54

Answer the following questions to test your knowledge!

Checkpoint
4 questions
Epilogue
04:24
In this assignment, you will connect to our online social media outlets and share your experience with other learners. You’ll also make an invitation to help others using the Give to Get principle.
Meet Your Community: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Connect
3 questions
Congratulations! You completed the module. Now get the digital badge and share your success!
You've Earned a Badge!
1 question