44. Maintaining language proficiency

How can you maintain your skills in the languages you have already acquired? What could you do to improve your language skills, either by expanding your existing knowledge of languages or by learning new languages? Try to think about your answers in terms of concrete situations (where you might need diverse language skills) and concreteContinue reading “44. Maintaining language proficiency”

39. Setting goals for language skills (1/2)

Think about what you would like to achieve in your language studies in general upper secondary school. You can start by going over the letter you wrote for your future self in task 1. How would you like to develop in different languages? What would you like to know and be able to do byContinue reading “39. Setting goals for language skills (1/2)”

16. Language skills for the future

List three professions that interest you. Find out what sort of education and training is required for the professions you have listed. Check websites of higher education institutions to see what sort of language proficiency is required or valued in the admission process. Find out what language skills you will need in working life. ReflectContinue reading “16. Language skills for the future”

34. Benefits of plurilingualism

Discuss in pairs: Where (e.g., at school, at home, in your free time activities) and with whom do you use different languages? Can you use your knowledge of different languages when trying to understand or learn other languages? For example, can you use your skills in English to understand individual words in a text thatContinue reading “34. Benefits of plurilingualism”

36. Development and goals

You have assessed your skills in identifying your strengths and areas of growth as a language learner. Describe some concrete ways in which you could improve as a language user and where you would particularly like to improve. For teachers: This task can be used as a demonstration of oral proficiency, compiled for the purposesContinue reading “36. Development and goals”

33. Motivation and methods of learning

Think about how you would respond to the following questions. Then compare your answers in small groups. What kind of things do you get excited about when you have to learn something? How do you motivate yourself to learn and study? What helps you to learn? What kind of working methods suit you best? ForContinue reading “33. Motivation and methods of learning”

30. Plurilingual and pluricultural competence

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) divides competences in linguistic and cultural diversity into three different domains: using pluricultural competences in interaction using plurilingualism for comprehension using plurilingual competences in multilingual interaction. The table below describes in more detail the types of competences associated with each of these areas. The table isContinue reading “30. Plurilingual and pluricultural competence”

11. Adapting language (2/2)

Have a discussion with your family, relatives, or peers about the different dialects and languages you speak. Do you know people who change their way of speaking depending on the person they are speaking with? Have you noticed you yourself adapting your way of speaking as you speak with different people? You can consider, forContinue reading “11. Adapting language (2/2)”