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Wonderful Ideas from Dearest Jennifer Lebede

English with Jennifer

MC900071176_studyMy beginner student, Natasha, was recently swept over by a wave of determination and decided to do more studying than usual. Unfortunately, her ambitions, though admirable, were not realistic. When she expressed frustration and admitted to being overwhelmed to the point that nothing was making much sense, I asked questions to identify the problem. It turned out that she was sitting at the dining room table with all the notes from every lesson we ever had along with our current textbook and other books from her collection of English language resources.  Her laptop was there, too.

In my Study Tips for independent learners, I stress the importance of setting realistic goals and choosing resources wisely. I’ve also shared a Goals Sheet on this blog in the past. The problem is that Natasha’s level doesn’t allow her to easily read my Study Tips or answer the questions on my Goals…

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English with Jennifer

The transition to a new calendar year is an opportune time for reflection. Language learners can be made aware of their progress and be reminded of the responsibility they share with you, their teachers, for a successful learning outcome. One way to do this is by writing observations and goals. Ask students to consider the following questions and share their thoughts with you in writing.

                GOALS SHEET

1.        Where my English WAS

Describe your English 6 months ago.

2.       Where my English IS

Describe your English now. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

What have you done or what have you been doing to improve your English?

3.       Where my English WILL BE

What do you want to be able to do in English in one year?

What will you do to reach your language goal(s)?

How can your teacher(s) help you reach your language goal(s)?

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