Choosing materials and methods

A key element of autonomous language learning is choosing and working with suitable learning materials, methods and strategies. These competencies are acquired and developed bit by bit.

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I can do this

I want to learn this

This isn't important for me

I am familiar with a variety of materials and resources for language learning, for example

 

 

 

textbooks (coursebooks, workbooks …)

 

 

 

reference works (dictionaries, grammar books …)

 

 

 

authentic materials (films, newspaper articles, songs …)

 

 

 

    interactive CD-ROMs

 

 

 

websites and online resources

 

 

 

tandem (language exchange partner)

 

 

 

native speakers

 

 

 

    learning advisors

 

 

 

other (please specify):

 

 

 

 

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I can do this

I want to learn this

This isn't important for me

In order to achieve my goal, I can choose materials and resources

 

 

 

on my own

 

 

 

together with others

 

 

 

with the help of learning tips

 

 

 

    with a learning advisor.

 

 

 

I can choose materials to help me achieve my goal bearing in mind

 

 

 

my language competencies

 

 

 

my learning style.

 

 

 

I can choose authentic materials – for example, films, different text types, radio and television programmes – to help me achieve my goal bearing in mind

 

 

 

my language competencies

 

 

 

my learning style.

 

 

 

I can choose materials and resources to help me achieve my goal

     

for a task

 

 

 

for a series of tasks (for example, a presentation in the foreign language)

 

 

 

 for a project (for example, to prepare a brochure about my university or to prepare a report)

 

 

 

for an entire programme of learning.

 

 

 

For further descriptors see completing tasks, monitoring and evaluating.

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I can do this

I want to learn this

This isn't important for me

I can try out new, unfamiliar materials and resources (for example, new learning software, new textbooks, working with a newspaper article for the first time)

 

 

 

on my own

 

 

 

together with others

 

 

 

with the help of learning tips

 

 

 

    with a learning advisor.

 

 

 

For further descriptors see completing tasks, monitoring and evaluating.

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I can do this

I want to learn this

This isn't important for me

I am familiar with different language learning methods and strategies, for example

 

 

 

repeting words or sentences

 

 

 

completing grammar exercises

 

 

 

asking questions in order to get explanations

 

 

 

analysing structures and sentences in order to deduce grammar rules

 

 

 

looking something up in a dictionary

 

 

 

searching the internet for words and expressions

 

 

 

preparing before speaking

 

 

 

    speaking in the foreign language

 

 

 

reading in the foreign language

 

 

 

completing simulations in the foreign language

 

 

 

summarising something in the foreign language

 

 

 

    translating from the foreign language

 

 

 

other (please specify):

 

 

 

For further descriptors see completing tasks.

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I can do this

I want to learn this

This isn't important for me

In order to achieve my goal, I can choose methods and strategies

 

 

 

on my own

 

 

 

together with others

 

 

 

with the help of learning tips

 

 

 

    with a learning advisor.

 

 

 

In order to achieve my goal, I can choose methods and strategies suited to

 

 

 

the selected material (for example, listening and repeating tasks with a listening text)

 

 

 

the task (for example, when completing a reading comprehension predicting the meaning of new words from the context)

 

 

 

my learning style (for example, preparing a table of grammar rules if I am a visual learner).

 

 

 

For further descriptors see completing tasks, monitoring and evaluating.

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I can do this

I want to learn this

This isn't important for me

I can try out new and unfamiliar methods and strategies (for example, new methods to learn vocabulary or new exercises to improve my listening skills)

 

 

 

on my own

 

 

 

together with others

 

 

 

with the help of learning tips

 

 

 

    with a learning advisor.

 

 

 

For further descriptors see completing tasks, monitoring and evaluating.

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I can do this

I want to learn this

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

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For descriptors on working with learning materials and authentic materials, and on using learning methods and strategies see completing tasks. For critical analysis of materials used and methods applied see monitoring and evaluating. Do you like learning together with others? In that case, go to cooperating.