December 31, 2014 by gemmalunn
The tables have turned. I am back in the language student seat again! Ahead of a possible move to Switzerland in September 2015 I have decided to start learning German. This is the first of hopefully many some posts exploring this journey and assessing different tools to see how effective they are. It feels very exciting but also a bit overwhelming right now so I’m hoping that blogging about it and sharing the experience make it less so! This post outlines the tools / strategies I’ve started with:
I opted to start with Michel Thomas (more to come on this soon), rather than numbers and colours, which threw me straight into sentence building and verb conjugation. The feeling of progression with this method is apparent from the start and you certainly feel like the goal of mastering another language is not so impossible. However, I needed some other forms of input.
I researched some group classes but outlines such as below didn’t entice me much: I should be able to learn more than that in 10 weeks! Plus I’m not too interested in making hotel reservations, who does that in person now anyway! So I decided to try private one-one classes (more to come on this too soon).
I also thought I should put into practice all the tools I always explore with students –
Vocabulary mind maps:
Labelling objects in the house:
Setting short and long term goals:
So, now I’ve done all this time to start learning and see if these tools actually work….