1.What is Memory?
There are different types of memory. Some things we need to remember just long enough to accomplish a short-term task. We remember a telephone number just long enough to write it down or dial it out. But language acquisition involves long-term memory, which requires time and repetition to develop.
2.Language learning is a skill
Learning a language is like learning how to play a musical instrument. Frequent and effective practice is the key. The skills of listening and speaking, in particular, require speed. To develop this automatic ability, practice, with a lot of repetition, and without text support, is essential.
3.Skill development requires effective Practice
Studies of the brain and long-term memory formation show that repetition is very important to skill development. Listening and speaking abilities are skills to be developed, not knowledge to be learned.
4.The danger of using text support
Listening and reading use different pathways in the brain. Using text as a support interferes with the development of listening and speaking skills.
5.Short, regular and frequent study sessions are most efficient
Research shows short, frequent sessions are generally more effective than longer, infrequent sessions, because fatigue and other factors lead to inattention.
6.Slow is Fast
The biggest mistake learners make is trying to finish each task too quickly. In doing so, they fail to build the foundation skills and confidence necessary to communicate well.Practice Makes Perfect!