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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

TIPS on Studying a Foreign Language




Vocabulary

To study how to WRITE the words:
  1. Make flashcards or...
  2. Fold a piece of paper vertically . Write the English on one side, the language you are studying on the other. Take a clean piece of paper and see if you can correctly provide the vocabulary word. Check your work!
To study how to SAY the words:
  1. Drill with a friend or family member.
  2. Stay for extra help and practice with your teacher.
  3. Record yourself and listen to the words and pronunciation.

Grammar
  1. Check your notes as well as the explanation in your textbook. Try to follow the models that are provided.
  2. Carefully make corrections on your homework during homework review in class, and redo the assignment at home. Carefully check your work. If you don't understand something, ASK questions!
  3. Stay for extra help and practice with your teacher.

Reading
  1. If there are follow up questions, read them first. This will give you some clues about the content of the selection.
  2. Skim the entire selection looking for key words and cognates. Try to get a general understanding without looking up words in the dictionary.
  3. Reread the entire selection. Write a summary sentence for each paragraph.
  4. Look up words that re-appear frequently or seem key to the main idea.

Writing
  1. Start with a simple outline--a word or two for each main idea. Brainstorm other likely vocabulary or ideas that support that idea. Develop these words and phrases into a paragraph. This method will simplify your task and also help you organize your writing.
  2. For essays , short responses, or composition work, DO NOT write a draft in English first then try to translate it into the other language. This strategy invariably results in an awkward unnatural translation of what you are trying to write. Instead, see # 1 above.
  3. For written grammar exercises, carefully follow the model and cues provided in the directions.
  4. If you are having difficulty with a written assignment, tell your teacher and arrange to meet for extra help. Often, a few minutes one-on-one with your teacher will get you on the right track.

In general- STUDY EVERY DAY- at least 5-10 minutes of review


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