Language Challenge 180: Week 18

by Corey

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Welcome to Week 18 !

If you missed the activities these last few weeks, go to the Weekly Activity Page and click on the activities you missed. (Remember: if you aren’t yet signed up, then do so at the link at the top of this page!)

And don’t forget to keep sharing resources, support and suggestions at the Language Challenge 180 language pages! The more information you can add there, the better!

On a Roll!

After 17 weeks of Language Challenge 180, we should be on a roll with our and/or our children’s language learning. This doesn’t mean that we don’t have low activity weeks, get bored with what we are doing, feel like throwing in the towel or wonder if we/our children are learning anything at all. It just means that we should be pretty clear on what is and is not working with language learning in our home and are striving to maintain that as much as possible.

We know that we (and our children) should be doing the following in the target language:

  • Reading – a lot
  • Listening – a lot
  • Writing – a lot
  • Talking – a lot

The key is to make sure that we are doing each of these things as often as possible!

Simple, right?

For those of you who answered “No” to the above rhetorical question, here are some tips on how to incorporate the above list into your daily routine:

  • Replace: Find things that you can replace in the target language. Watch a video in the target language the next time you want to watch a video. Listen to a CD in the target language the next time you commute to work. Write an email to a friend who speaks the target language.
  • Invent: Come up with brand new things to do that involve the target language. Set up a time to play games each week but only in the target language. Schedule an hour a week to chat with someone in the target language. Organize a pen pal for yourself and/or your children. Skype with family/friends in the target language once a week at a regular time.
  • Motivate: Keep your and/or your children’s spirits up by making language learning fun and enjoyable. Play games in the language. Sing songs in the language. Have tea and cookies while speaking the language. Go for walks and use the words that you know in the language.
  • Commit: Don’t let yourself stop. Just do a little every day. One step at a time is how we master languages. Big bursts are great but even if you do those, you need to keep up the language afterwards. So learn to go one step at a time, one day at a time. And most importantly: Don’t. Give. Up. Ever.

This Week’s Activity:

  • Individuals: Write down 1-3 things that you are going to do every day/week to continue your language learning during the rest of Language Challenge 180. You can write down more but be careful that you don’t overdo it! Overloading yourself won’t help.
  • Parents: Write down 1-3 things that you are going to do every day/week to continue your children’s language learning/exposure. This might be reading a book/chapter out loud to your children every day/night. It might be doing a language lesson together with your children. Whatever these things are, write them down so that you will remember to do them every day.

May you have a wonderful week of language focus!

Stay tuned for the Friday check-in email and new giveaway!

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