Revise and Review
You need to review and revise for learning to happen. The key idea here is ‘spaced repetition’ – this means revising several times, with longer and longer breaks between each revision.
So do a course, then review it a few days later, then a few weeks later, and then finally a few months later. After that you will remember just about everything.
Relax About Your Level
Your progress through different language levels depends on many factors. Here are some of the main ones: your natural ability as a language learner; your motivation and level of attention; how good the learning material is; getting the right level of challenge; your frequency of revision; how much you use language with others in the real world; whether you have access to personalized feedback via a teacher; and much else.
All of the above work together to give the speed at which you make progress through the levels. There is no magic way to learn fast.
And remember that your ‘level’ is not something clear and obvious. You may get a high score on grammar tests, but not be very fluent when you speak. Or you may speak confidently but have poor grammar.
Use The Materials Flexibly
Go on your own journey. With BEhereBEthere we do not force you to do courses in a particular sequence. All the material is available to everyone all the time. We believe that you, not a computer algorithm, will make the best choice about what to do next.
Look For Opportunities To Speak
Progress can take place in three ways:
- complexity (for example knowing new words and phrases that help you communicate better)
- accuracy (for example better grammar, or better word order, or getting the right words for the right situation)
- fluency (putting it all together in speaking and writing).
An eLearning website like this one can help with the first two. It can help with your passive understanding. It can help with storage of language in long-term memory. It can give you a good launch pad. It can make a real difference.
But in the end you need to speak. You need to use the new language actively. You need to build up channels from long-term memory back into working memory. You need real conversations with real people.
Don’t worry about making mistakes and speaking slowly. Just do it.
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