How often have we heard the complaints of our students when they first arrive for their course: ‘I don’t have a gift for languages.’ ‘I find the language too difficult.’ ‘I’m too old to learn.’ ‘I don’t like the language.’
How come then that by the end of their DialoguE course, our students have changed their tune?
Despite the undeniable obstacles, DialoguE students succeed, in a short period of time, in making tangible progress in their target language. How do they manage, in one or two weeks, to reach objectives that they thought were beyond their reach?
Gifted or not gifted at languages? Clearly, not everyone has the same language learning capacity, which means that some of us will take longer to reach our objectives. Learning a language is not unlike taking up a sport. For most people the aim is not to become a professional sportsman or woman but simply to enjoy playing the game. The same goes for studying a language: What matters is not to speak perfectly, but to be able to communicate effectively, to understand and to be understood, and to enjoy using the new language. One thing is certain: Everyone is able to learn a language. Haven’t we already learnt one, our own? It has nothing to do with IQ, but everything to do with motivation and learning style. Once we have discovered our style and have learned how to learn, progress will be rapid, gifted or not.Learn more...