ERIC Number: ED348877
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Language Learning Strategies for Peace Corps Volunteers.
Schleppegrell, Mary; Oxford, Rebecca
The handbook, designed for Peace Corps volunteers but adaptable for other adult learners, offers ideas about how to improve one's own language learning through effective learning strategies. The handbook intended as a reference, not a text, for when the learner becomes discouraged with his rate of progress, is progressing well but looking for new and more effective techniques, or simply wants to increase enjoyment. The first chapter answers some of the most common questions about learning foreign languages, presents some basic principles of language learning, and introduces the language learning strategies discussed in greater detail later. The second chapter outlines basic strategies used by successful language learners to manage their learning, such as experimenting with the language, recognizing and learning from errors, evaluating progress, and encouraging oneself. Chapter three describes ways to organize language learning, including setting goals, deciding about skills priorities, keeping a notebook, scheduling learning, and focusing attention. The fourth chapter offers suggestions for improving retention of vocabulary, grammar, and concepts in a new language. The subsequent chapter covers strategies for learning with an instructor and learning independently. The final chapter presents ways to continue learning the language on the job, including job- and task-specific language. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Peace Corps, Washington, DC. Information Collection and Exchange Div.
Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC.