Sometimes, joining a language class or having 1-2-1 tuition can be really scary… especially if you’re an introvert or suffer from social anxiety. The thought of turning up to a room full of people, being made to say things in a foreign language in front of others, worrying that you’ll get it wrong and people will laugh… we’ve all been there and even contemplating it can make your hands clammy and your heart race!
But what if you would really love to learn another language in spite of finding it terrifying? What if you just need to gather a bit of confidence from the comfort of your own home before venturing out there to speak to people in real life?
There are lots of ways of learning a language online, for people of all ages and levels. Previous posts in Kate’s Tips have mentioned podcasts and vocabulary learning websites such as Memrise and these are great to get you started. However, if you want some interaction with a tutor, then perhaps an online course is the right way to go for you.
The online courses we are offering here at Kate Jones Language Tuition can be accessed at any time, anywhere, and you don’t even have to leave your living room! For £10 per week, you are given vocabulary, tasks to complete in all four skills (reading, listening, writing and speaking), and you will have contact with your tutor via email as and when you want it. If you have written something in the foreign language, you email it to your tutor for feedback. If you want to practise your speaking, you can record yourself saying a couple of sentences and email it to your tutor, too. For a small extra fee, you can even schedule a Skype/FaceTime lesson, as and when you are ready, for a bit of extra practice and face to face help.
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Whether you are playing traditional word games, such as I-Spy or 20 Questions, or purpose-made board games and card games, playing while you learn is a great way of staying motivated!
Particular favourites of mine are the shopping list game from Orchard Toys, which is even available in French (along with a number of other great games) – Orchard Toys French games
Another recent favourite is a cats-themed top trumps game – Cats Best in Show – we’ve had great fun playing this and it’s great for practising numbers, comparatives and superlatives!
We are now holding French and Spanish language classes in Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire.
They are casual and friendly classes, so drop by if you’re in the local area!
If you don’t fancy a class just yet, don’t forget we offer one-to-one tuition in French, German and Spanish, too!
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Our favourite website to use for vocab learning is memrise.com
It’s free to join, and there is something for every level.
We have lots of courses on memrise, especially if you are studying for your GCSEs, so check them out and have fun while learning some new words!
Whether you’re in the car, on the train or bus, or doing a bit of housework, listening to a language learning podcast while you’re doing it is great! There are so many out there, you are sure to find one at your level.
Some of our favourites are the ‘Coffee Break‘ series, ‘Notes in Spanish‘ and ‘Slow German‘.
What are your favourites? Leave a comment to let us know!
There are so many exciting language learning resources out there online. I have just discovered this fantastic resource from the Goethe Institut for young children: German with Felix and Franzi.
Their website has German learning materials for all ages and levels, though, so go and explore!
Many people think that you can’t learn a new language once you’re an adult… but research shows this simply isn’t the case!
Furthermore, being able to speak another language can actually keep your brain more active and help to prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Watch a film with subtitles in your language to help you. Watch it a second time without the subtitles.