The acquisition of a new language is a lifetime benefit. By speaking a new language you will expand your opportunities, enjoy the art of travelling, chat with friends and customers in their language, opt for a better job or a higher position; follow directions and safety procedures with confidence at work, and improve your performance both socially and professionally.
The time required to acquire a new language varies according to the type of program you choose and the amount of time you spend practicing the language. If you have enough time to devote to learning a new language throughout the day or you are in the country of the language of study for a limited period of time specifically to learn the language, then intensive programs using accelerated learning techniques are ideal.
Accelerated learning techniques that enable you to engage in a conversation from incipient stages in the learning process are based on multisensory learning activities (visual, auditory and physical practice). The best way to remember the new language is through repeated practice of the knowledge acquired through the senses. We usually remember ninety percent of what we see, hear, say and do. In order to accelerate the pace of learning a new language, classes should be supplemented by daily practice of at least 20 minutes a day through TV, the movies, the Internet, the radio, plays, audio programs, books, real life conversations, etc.
Just as we learned our native language naturally, moving away from improper techniques that emphasize the generality of the language rather than focusing on the actual ability to use it will ensure the rapid acquisition of a new language.
By Andreina Ojeda, M.A. Modern Languages and M.A. International Studies. President and Founder of Lingua Language Center at Broward College.