Do you ever feel like you have reached a point in your language learning where you are not advancing? Or maybe you feel a bit of boredom and overall dissatisfaction and decide it is best to quit? This might be that you are hitting a learner´s Plateau.
As Donovan Nagel points out in his Mezzofanti Guild Blog , just as writers experience the notorious “writers block” so can learners experience a learning block: one in which you cannot figure out the next step, and in turn you may feel stuck and lost.
What can you do to avoid this feeling?
This plateau comes as a result of either not having clear goals, or that your original goals have not been met.
You need to set new goals, in two categories, macro goals (the bigger picture) and smaller, micro goals that will help you get there.
A bigger picture goal should be something specific and measurable, for example, I want to acquire a C1 in Spanish before the end of the year (not I want to learn Spanish-that is too broad). As with any bigger task in life, in order to get there, it is best to then break it down into smaller tasks that will eventually help you achieve your macro goal. These smaller tasks should also be achievable and measurable, and most importantly, you should ask yourself if they are contributing towards the finish line, or they are just making you feel busy.
Remember that structured courses can set up the language foundation and once you have the capacity to stand on your own, you can decide where your needs and weaknesses are and in turn you can reset your own learning goals. What comes next is making those next steps less predictable and more varied, and we are sure you will find your learning motivation again!
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