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Geared toward commencing to intermediate undergraduates and above, this textbook is designed to assist the scholar in achieving optimum luck as a language learner and consumer. It teaches scholars to appreciate their very own personal tastes in studying, advance person studying plans and methods, and choose acceptable studying concepts. every one bankruptcy comprises an outline and evaluate part, with studying actions that scholars can perform both separately or in school rooms.
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Do you sometimes have to put out more effort than you are willing to in order to get their point? For all these reasons and more, it is important for you to try your best to develop good pronunciation – and the sooner the better. Cole (2004) suggests that good pronunciation from the beginning speeds up language acquisition and that poor pronunciation not only slows down the acquisition by limiting the amount of time native speakers are willing to talk with someone whom they have difficulty understanding but also becomes fossilized, making the work of acquiring a good accent later much more difficult.
In defining your goal, you might try using the same kinds of behavioral objectives that teachers use in lesson planning. This means that you should identify: r r r the outcome that you want, the condition under which you want to be able to accomplish the outcome, and the criterion or standard by which you will judge your success. For example, in an intermediate course, as one goal (of several), you might say that you would like to be able to read contemporary short stories in the foreign language (outcome), given texts whose authors use a straightforward narrative style that is not entirely dissimilar from everyday speech (condition), and without having to resort to a dictionary (criterion/standard).
He needs to listen to many spoken authentic texts outside the classroom – films, tapes, lectures by and talks with native speakers, etc. Simply listening may not be enough, however, and it might help him to have the scripts to the texts so that he can start associating words with how they sound. One strategy that has helped a number of students has been to have the teacher record texts that will be discussed in class later; that way students can listen to them ahead of time and be prepared to discuss them.