How can you get your dream comes true of learning English or Other Languages?
I am sure that it is hard to learn a second language but don’t worry, what you should do is to Start with your destination. Don’t worry where you are now, how much, or how little you know. The important thing is you have to ask a question to yourself:
Where are you planning to go?
As you know if we do anything without a destination, it is very hard to keep yourself motivated and keep on track. To solve and to make it better you should know where you were going. So you should set up your plan and you plan may need to be adjusted on the way and that’s absolutely fine but you really need to be able to make this learning journey from wherever you are now to where you desire to be. This is called Language Learning Map, and it should made by you because it will help you to develop your skills and keep you focused and also help you to find the necessary support that you need on your way. What could keeping yourself focused and motivated is to set targets for your language learning just as you would for any other process that you need to work through to get to your goal.
We have all heard about SMART Telecommunication Company in Cambodia, right? And you guys know clearly about the meaning of SMART. To whom that people or you should consider as a SMART Person? What SMART person is carrying? Well, now I would like to introduce SMART goals for setting up your language learning plan. Why SMART goals are important?
Here below are some suggestions for how to set such goals to maintain your progress and keep your English language dream come true.
GOAL: Is something you would like to achieve in the future or in your life, or it might be a dream, or it might be something more concrete for yourself. And be noticed that none of these will happen overnight and you’ll need to work out with a strategy to get you there.
Now, let’s make these goals SMART!
First of all, you have to know what you want to do. You have known that what you wanted is specific enough then create steps. Ex: If you want to learn English you must and be an expertise on this Subject. Here are some things you might need to improve:
- Choose an Institute or School that recognizing by the world.
- Get a wider and more vary vocabulary
- Have better pronunciation
- Perfect the ability to tell a joke
Whatever you think is stopping you from getting to your desired level of English, so please write it down. If you are not sure then ask your teacher. If you don’t have a teacher then check with someone else or consider whether you can do this by yourself – should you get professional help?
How are you going to monitor your progress?
If we take the specific goals above;
- You will know if you’ve learned new words.
- You may be able to find suitable jokes from presentations you’ve heard or by asking colleagues but will you know if you are telling them well?
- With pronunciation can you really know how to improve it? There are some online tools and you can decide to use these, or use a voice recorder. You may decide that you need some help from a teacher.
The key here is to be honest and really look at the details. Think carefully about how to measure progress and decide on the best strategy for this. You must be open and balance the reality against the dream. Last but not least, you should ask yourself that How important is the dream?
Here again you have to be honest with yourself! Could you really ever be just like Venerable Samdech Chuon Nat – no, but you can use him as your model and get closer. Think about what is realistically attainable for you. These are all the kind of questions you must explore.
- If you set a goal to learn 10 new words a week in context can you achieve that?
- Maybe you’ll get a teacher to help with pronunciation and meet once a week face to face or on Skype
- You can compile a list of jokes from the internet. You could search for ones that are suitable for presentations. You might look for videos so that you have the audio too and you can copy the speaker.
- Maybe you can record yourself and then compare with the original.
- Could you set aside two sessions per week?
Notice: Breaking the tasks down into smaller chunks you can set yourself an achievable study program is the best. Small steps that you can achieve well are better than large aims that are too time-consuming.
In the term for ‘R’ is responsible – whose job is it. The answer here is ultimately – yours. However, it is realistic to ask for help if you need it. Then part of the responsibility can be shared with your teacher or the learning group you choose.
Here some more things to consider about:
- How much time can I reasonably spend on studying to make the outcome effective?
- It’s fine to push yourself but you have to know what you can manage
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help we all study and work better when we have someone to make us accountable
Setting time limits helps us to plan well. Maybe you’ve set an overall deadline for being the expertise in English – say a year. Then you need to break down the tasks you’ve chosen and assign times to those too.
- Two sessions on vocabulary, one on pronunciation and one on jokes gives you a reasonable study plan for the week – would that work with your schedule?
- A study program starts to emerge.
- The final piece is to add in some assessment – this can be informal but make it regular say every 4 weeks and make sure you are honest about your progress to date.
- Or better still find an accountability partner – you can keep each other focused and encouraged.
The best way to set you goals that are SMART is being honest with yourself and then sticking to the plan will get you well on your way to reaching your dream of LEARNING ENGLISH AND/OR OTHER LANGUAGES.
If you follow all that described above and it did not work. Please remember these two more words – flexibility – if it’s not working re-visit, re-assess – re-plan and – reward– don’t forget to ‘Cheer up yourself’ when things go well – it drives your motivation.
The more you practice, the more you become an expert! DK Khmer Hearty