Language Learning Strategies"Overt strategy training is essential in the language classroom. Language learners are often frightened by the new language, its many complex structures, and its tens of thousands of words and expressions. They often do not know how to approach the subject in either a cognitive or an emotional sense. Language learning is not like learning mathematics or biology or typing; it requires an understanding of the nature of language and the process of language learning, including useful techniques or strategies."
Rebecca L. Oxford, The Univ. of Alabama
What are Language Learning Strategies?
Learning strategies are the thoughts and/or actions that students use to complete learning tasks. We all know that good teachers use numerous teaching strategies to help students learn. We use visuals to introduce new ideas, we direct students' attention to important elements, and we activate students' background knowledge before introducing a new concept.
Learning strategies are tools that students themselves can employ independently to complete a language task. For instance, a student who needs to learn a list of vocabulary words might draw a picture to remember each word.
For an in depth look at and practical ideas on incorporating learning strategies with instruction, download (or view online) Sailing the 5 Cs with Learning Strategies-A Resource Guide for Secondary Foreign Language Educators. Available through the National Capital Language Resource Center at: http://www.nclrc.org/sailing/index.html