What does learning a foreign language successfully depend on?
Drawing on my more than 10 years of experience conducting German courses, I can say that there are a few indicators which have a decisive impact on a student’s success or failure.
Without it, there’s nothing! It is the internal driving force which pushes us to act. You have to visualize your goal and why you’re learning German! For many people, it’s the possibility of working in German-speaking countries and the need to communicate in German, but there are also those who simply want to talk with their friends in Munich in the language of Goethe.
2. Attitude to the language
There is something beautiful in every language; you only have to find the beauty in German. Many of my students emphasize how consistent and logical German is; they say that when you catch the bug, you’ll quickly pick up the language. I can help you like it, but you have to give me a chance!
3. Systematic approach
The courses I offer are really well-thought-out and align to your goals, but your success depends in large part on how you spend your time outside of lessons. You have to have time to re-listen to the dialog you receive after the course, read my notes and solidify your knowledge of the material. The ideal solution would be to work with the language at least 30 minutes a day.
I think the only way to effectively learn a foreign language is with the help of an experienced teacher, one who is fluent in the language at various levels. The teacher’s patience and a comfortable, stress-free atmosphere for the lessons also have a big influence on your success!
Levels of language competency
In order to determine your level of language skills, a free language audit is carried out, the results of which help us set a plan for your course.
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages describes what language learners can do at different stages of their learning at it can be applied to any foreign language learning situation.
CEFR German levels are used by all modern German language books and German language schools. It is recommended to use CEFR levels in job resumes (curriculum vitae) and other German levels references.
Levels of language competency ESOKJ/CEFR:
Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing a controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.