How to be a successful learner? (Essay)

For me a successful learner is a person who has motivation and desire to know everything, about certain topic. In this particular article I want to write about people like to study others languages, he/she knows about the culture and every tradition existing in that specific country or region. The people have to talk with native speakers because they speak with more fluently when they express themselves. Successful learners try to think in English most of the time, because they improve their foreign language. They do not translate clauses or sentences from Spanish into English, because it is a common mistake doing that when the Spanish speaker try to explain an idea about something in English.
My experience as a successful learner depends on many factors, for example: I like to listen to music in English and most important of the time I pay attention to the lyrics. I like to read and write in English, because I develop my knowledge about that language. I like to watch movies in English without subtitles. It is very important to know and to find out about British and American Culture because this kind of information forces us to think in English.
People who that study Modern Languages have to know every element using in English every teacher gives us. It is very important to the knowledge on foreign languages. The teacher has to assign interesting topics because they will develop a better essay. Every student needs to read articles in magazines, newspaper or comics, because advance step by step in the vocabulary in English. Every person who wants to learn a foreign language is needs to watch films and series without subtitles. Every student needs to listen music and try to understand the lyrics and never translate to him/her native language because every language is unique. People need to know about interesting topics, it is very boring to research or read about something that does not help us to understand more about a particular foreign language.

According to Wender (1987) six of the main suggestions to become a successful learner are “Practice, Think in your second language” We need to practice because that helps us to improve our knowledge about English. We must to think in your second language or foreign because we improve it. Translate words, clauses, sentences or paragraphs that Spanish to English it is a mistake that many Spanish speakers do.

People who that study any kind of languages learn a lot of strategies to improve it. The students use strategies for developing and understanding every step that they require to learn a specific language. In the process of learn any language exist four stages: listening, reading, writing and talking. Every person progresses differently. When he/she try to learn a language, and depend on many factors for instance: age, environment, motivation, culture, the way he/she learns, the time that the student dedicates to study, among others.

One of the students I interviewed, surprisingly, felt that grammar was important when learning a foreign language: “This is a thing what really concerns me. And, since I love linguistics and learn more about it. The grammar helps us to know about the structure of the sentences. Grammar helps to improve our vocabulary, the way that is writing certain word or clause.

According to Wender (1987) in the process of learning exists strategies for example: “Metacognitive Strategies and Cognitive Strategies? In the Metacognitive Strategies consist in: Planning for learning, monitoring of comphension or production and self-evaluation. The Cognitive Strategies comprise in: The direct analysis and the transformation or synthesis of learning material. The strategies divided in two different classifications: Social Strategies include: Cooperative learning and asking questions for clarification. Affective Strategies are related with learners’ emotional requirements. And the language learning strategy system divided in the Direct and Indirect. The Direct use: Cognitive, memory and compensation, and the Indirect contains by: Metacognitive, affective and social”.

This kind of strategies improves our process language. The strategies use any kind of language. We used the strategies unconsciously; we need them for use the language properly. People who learn their native language can also learn other languages. This happens because they have the skills to use the language by themselves. It is something normal in every language, and the learning of a language is a process that requires years.

One of the professors I interviewed, surprisingly, felt that reading was important when learning a foreign language: “When you read something you can get the structure, you can get the vocabulary unconsciously” reading help to us to know about history, culture, news, every kind of information. Reading is a strategy for learning and read about something is interesting for us, it is very important because help to us to understand.

People who that want to learn a language need to know how the learning process develops. They are in the process of learning a language this process involves many factors, for instance: The language requires studying a certain hours per day. People need to learn and studying grammar because they will know about the structure of the sentences, clauses, paragraphs, among others. Students could improve their vocabulary reading magazines, comics, novels, short stories, books, among others. Writing poems or articles would like because the most people like to express their feelings and that help them with the knowledge about English. Talking to their friends in English because people learn a language practicing with native speakers or friends and listening to conversations, music, news, among others, repeating over and over again the words does not. People who like to know about the any kind of language must like it, because people can learn more easily and they have the motivation to learn more quickly.

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