How to Study for Language Studies (LOTE)
This article has been written by Lydia McClelland, a VCE French, Music Theory, Literature & VCE English Tutor at Learnmate. If you’re interested in private tutoring from Lydia then please check out her page here.
Are you studying a language but stuck for how to study efficiently? Learning a language can be overwhelming – the amount you could learn is virtually unlimited!
The most important thing to remember is that effective language learning is based on continual reinforcement. This means that if you want results, you need to work on your language consistently, setting aside time every week! This doesn't always have to be difficult, arduous work – find ways to include your own interests in your language study. So try out the following tips to see if they work for you:
- Write summaries or reviews of everything in another language – movies, books, music. The source text doesn't even have to be in that language! Just write as much as possible.
- Keep a list of mistakes made in writing, SACs, etc. for future reference.
- Read books in the language. Don’t start by trying to read Pride and Prejudice in French – get a hold of children’s books if you can. It's also worth attempting books you know well in English if you find it a bit daunting (e.g. Harry Potter… it’s translated into so many languages!). Try reading news websites in your chosen language.
- Use a variety of sites to practice listening comprehension. You can always go onto YouTube to look up videos and write out what you understood. Never be disheartened if you don’t understand everything!
- Find a radio station in your language and listen as much as possible (this will be more difficult comprehension, but a great activity to do on your way to school, or on public transport if you can download)
- Finally, speak as much as you can with others who speak the language. If others are hard to come by, talk to yourself! This is easy to avoid, but you cannot improve without trying things out and making mistakes.
Written by Lydia McClelland
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