Language Goals

An important part of learning a new language is having a goal (or goals) for that language. Good goals are a great way to get and stay motivated to learn that new language. What makes up good language goals?

Gaugeable: the goal(s) should be able to be measured or gauged, like passing a test, or being able to watch movies in the language without subtitles.

Obtainable: the goal(s) should be something that is actually achievable for the learner.

Ambitious: the goal(s) should be something that is hard to achieve (but not to hard).

Liveable:  the goal(s) should be capable of being done, without causing huge amounts of stress, or throwing of the balances of the learners life.

Specific: the goal(s) should be clear, not vague; targeted, not generalised; and have a specific ‘accomplish by’ date.

Language goals can be big or small. From ‘have a conversation in French with my friend by the end of July,’ to ‘read all of Tolstoy in Russian by April.’ Language goals are a great tool for the language learner.

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  1. I’ve also found that interactive goals — that result in communicating with someone else — are more motivating to me than individual goals. For example, I’m better at succeeding with a goal like “write a short letter to my mother-in-law” than “read a chapter of a book.” It helps to have other people celebrate my successes, and remind me of why I’m learning.

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