Title: Evaluating a set of materials.
The study of modern foreign languages is pivotal to our interconnectivity with the rest of the world. For this reason, I would have liked my personal experience of learning a second language to have been slightly more stimulating. I believe, that the if the primary elements of the language learning theory had been outlined from the beginning of my education, subsequently the teaching of the key skills and my analysis of the language would have been a lot more straight-forward.
During the course of this essay I am going to present some of the reasons to why language learning has not reached its full potential. However, instead of emphasising my past disillusionment within the classroom, I will demonstrate the various ways to how a teacher can take a positive advantage of any material to enhance their students’ ability to learn.
A fundamental purpose of learning a foreign language is to be able to read the literature written in it. However, literary language is superior to the spoken language therefore there will always be notable differences. My student’s study of the target language so far, has been purely limited to the culture and the related literature, history and fine art. I had a similar experience when studying Spanish at GCSE and A-Level. I found it extremely interesting to be able to read complex facts and narratives in Spanish, as it made me feel really confident during lesson time and before the exam period I felt prepared. However, when I travelled to South America I wanted to share with them some of the knowledge that I had learnt about their culture and unfortunately I could not put any clear ideas from my head into words. This became extremely frustrating because even though I could say the set answers that I had learnt for exam questions, I could not always get by in a simple conversation. Therefore, in my discussion I am going to evaluate... [continues]
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