Reflect on your strengths and areas of growth as a language learner. You can also complete the task in pairs or in groups.
My strengths as a language learner
- What aspects of language do you find easy to learn?
- Why do you find it easy to learn certain things? Can you use this information to assess what your strengths are as a language learner?
My areas of growth as a language learner
- What things take the most time and effort to learn?
- Have there been times in your language learning history when you haven’t been sure of where you had gone wrong?
- Have there been significant differences between your own and your teacher’s assessment of your performance?
Discuss in pairs or groups.
- Have you ever been in a situation where basic knowledge of a language was useful? What happened and how did the situation progress? What language or other help did you end up using?
- Come up with a situation where you meet with your pair for the first time, using a language or languages other than your first language. Play it out.
Reflect on the following questions individually, in small groups, or with
your whole class:
- What do your home languages mean to you? You can start by thinking
about yours and others’ right to use their home language(s) in their
- A community or culture may stem from, for example, a group of
friends or a group of people with similar interests. Which culture or
cultures do you identify with? Reflect on culture in terms of which
communities define the way you are or influence the way you perceive
- Can any of the above have an impact on your well-being? How?
Reflect on your own linguistic and cultural background by making a family tree. How does diversity show in your family and relatives?
Have you noticed that you adapt the language you use depending on the person with whom you are speaking? How? You can start by thinking about how you would speak to relatives younger than you, how you would explain something IT-related to an older person, or how you would speak to a potential employer at a job interview.
In this task you will reflect on how you use language in different situations and for different purposes.
- Using less than 50 words, describe how you use language in social media. Remember that emoticons, memes, pictures, videos, and voice messages are also ways of using language.
- Describe briefly how your language use may vary depending on whether you are speaking with your friends or your family. You can start by thinking about whether you have noticed any differences in your use of emoticons or more casual language depending on your audience.
Take out the inventory you made of your language skills in the task called “My language repertoire” .
Discuss in pairs:
- Where (e.g., at school, at home, in your free time) and with whom do you use different languages?
- Do you use languages in different ways at school and at home?
For teachers: This task can be used as a demonstration of oral proficiency, compiled for the purposes of the oral language proficiency certificate, in module 1, in pairs or individually.
Take out the inventory you made of your language skills in task “2. My language repertoire“.
Think about what you can do and in which contexts you can use the languages you listed. If you find it difficult to get started, try to think of situations where you usually cope well with the languages you listed.
Try to avoid overly general descriptions, such as “I speak Swedish well and French satisfactorily”. Instead, aim to give concrete examples of what you can do with the languages you have knowledge of.