Title: Languages Learning Unlocked

By:  Andrew Weiler, Freedom by Choice

Price: Paperback: £10.99

Website:  www.strategiesinlanguagelearning.com

Liz Black

PGCE tutor, University of York

This book considers discussion in recent years why adults often state that they have no talent for languages and feel that they can’t succeed. Andrew is of the opinion that they often don’t understand what gets in their way. He suggests that language learning ability can be dramatically improved by students of all ages reflecting on their own inner potential, their temperament and learning dispositions.

Mastery of a second language is, in his opinion, achieved by considering a holistic approach to language acquisition. It is particularly interesting that he invites the reader to look again at the way babies and children revel in acquiring language and to try to ‘remodel’ these strategies in their adult lives.

Andrew suggests that students can train themselves to become engaged in the language itself. There is a sharp focus on actually stopping ineffective learning practice and rediscovering enjoyment in learning and awareness of what works. Adult learners should tune in to the things that they enjoy! The author suggests that if students pay more attention to this, for example reading material they choose, listening to music and watching films, the foreign language will be absorbed. He asks the reader to reconnect with their inner person.

Andrew has set out to empower language learners of all ages. Chapters are set out in logical order to help students develop their character, then the all-important learning tools and finally how to implement them successfully. I recommend that you read it. I was moved by chapter 6 - Culture, Languages and Learning.

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