by © Monica Di Santi
"Our goals can only be reached through the vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success." Pablo Picasso.
To be successful in your language project you not only need objectives but also a plan of action. Long term and short term goals give you the advantage of getting the big picture in mind while you work on small weekly aims.
Your plan is your route map. Your final destination is to be fluent in a new language in 6 months. Your half- way stop will be to reach the next language level and your starting point is where you are now, improving your proficiency little by little every day.
Extensive goals are tasks to focus on having fun. Research shows you get more drive and satisfaction when you enjoy your learning. Do this in your free time, the same way you watch your favorite TV show and get an extra benefit: Include the new language in your routines.
Watching movies, listening to music,attending a concert, reading a story in the target language will do the trick.If you can share your activity with a friend or partner much better.
When you are done try to share your expeience with friends or partners on social media.Show them th ereasons you enjoyed what you dd. recommend the activity to a friend.
On the other side, intensive goals should be something you want to achieve within a few days and has to be studied in depth. When choosing topics, select the funtional perspective rather than grammatical.
Let's say, you want to learn vocabulary connected with "giving directions." So the first thing to do is to make a list of the phrases and language you need in your mother tongue. You just google the phrases and you will find many ways of learning that.
"Excuse me. Could you tell me where the nearest train station is ?"