by Olivia Ryan
How cool it would be to learn a language in a day? Well, we’ll just have to make peace with the fact that we don’t have superpowers. Language learning is a process, and it takes time. Have you heard of Bloom’s taxonomy for categorizing educational goals?
According to this method, the learning goes through the following stages:
When you reach the stage of creating, you’re creating new meaning or structure from the concepts you’ve learned.
How can we relate this taxonomy to language learning?
In this stage, you memorize new words. You can do that in few ways:
During this stage, you’ll comprehend the meaning of the words and grammar rules you remembered.
Now, you’re ready to take the learning process further. You’ll apply the things you learned in practice.
In this stage, you’ll be making distinctions between facts and inferences. During this stage, you’re understanding the topic, but you’re also producing your own conclusions.
You’ll have to get used to criticism, since that’s what this stage is all about.
This is the highest level of comprehension.
When you get to the point of producing creative work on the language you’re learning, you can say you’ve done well. The journey is long, but quite rewarding at the end!
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